Saturday, February 2, 2008

Philadelphia Inquirer sums up the GOP opposition and the Chicago Tribune brings it home

The Philadelphia Inquirer in its endorsement of John McCain made a cogent summary of the two remaining GOP opponents:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney just might be the candidate best equipped to deal with a looming recession. He has a strong record of sound fiscal management in government and in private industry.

But Romney has tried to be so many things to so many different
constituencies, he's left voters with little idea of his core beliefs. Is he
pro-choice, as he professed while governor, or pro-life, as he now claims? Is he the candidate who supported gun control in 1994, or the one who now bills himself as a committed friend of the NRA? It's not clear whether even Romney knows the answers.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, is a
worse choice. He engaged in borderline mockery of Romney's Mormon faith during the Iowa caucuses, and employed religious symbolism to win votes. The sooner he quits, the better.

And what about Romney?

The Chicago Tribune suggests he'd make a good pick for Secretary of the Treasury. I hadn't thought about it, but that's a great place for Romney to prove his mettle, serve his country and position himself for the next election. But Romney may have trouble putting his personal ambition behind him.

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