I want to let you know about a piece I have running in Politico today, “Mitt Romney Would Govern as a Conservative.”
Here’s a taste of it to give you an idea of the argument.
Conservatives shouldn’t fret about the politics of their nearly-presumptive nominee. Mitt Romney will most certainly govern as one of them. He’s guaranteed to — for the exact reason they think he won’t.
If Romney really is the political animal his detractors on the right suspect him to be, he’ll shape his presidency with a single goal: Winning a second term. To do that, he will need to make sure there is no running room on his right for someone to launch a primary challenge.
That means governing as a conservative and preempting the 2016 Rick Santorum “I Told You So Tour” or the “Ron Paul Revival.”
Because there is no worse sound for a president than the pitter-patter of a fratricide-minded opponent from the same party creeping up behind him.
But I think Romney’s instincts, whatever compromises he made to run The People’s Democratic Republic of Massachusetts are basically conservative.
I hope you’ll get a chance to take a look.