How does he not get whiplash? Posted by: Dale Franks
on Thursday, February 07, 2008
You know, people's views—political, religious, whatever—often change over time. The light of experience and the accrual of wisdom often cause one to think a second time about one's views, and perhaps come to different conclusions. Usually, however, these changes occur much slower than, say, a single day.
My previous post mentioning Hugh Hewit points out how, in 12.5 hours, he went from arguing "McCain can't be considered a frontrunner by any conventional standard" to "Senator McCain has a clear path to the nomination." Today, he's done it again.
As I wrote below, the GOP needs to keep the MSM focused on the issues that unite the GOP, and the best way to do that is by a series of contests throughout the spring, from Virginia to Pennsylvania and beyond. Each state that has a primary scheduled deserves the attention of the big three candidates, and the results will help even the frontrunner Senator McCain calibrate his message and provide opportunities for him top assure the base in each state he travels to of his determination to run as a conservative even as independents see him on the nightly news.
Today, at 1:10pm PST, less than 20 hours later, he wrote:
Because he is a very good man, a great conservative and an extraordinary patriot he is standing aside to allow Senator McCain's national campaign to commence. There were excellent reasons for Romney to stay in the hunt, including the opportunity to score some impressive victories in places like Ohio, which might have served Romney well in any future campaign.
Romney's decision to "stand aside," and especially the reasons he gave just now in his CPAC speech underscore the qualities I found so compelling in him, and confirm for me my decision to support him made many months ago.
How do you make such radical course changes in the space of less than a day? And if you do, how in the world do you expect anyone to take you seriously as either a commentator or analyst? I guess if Mr. Hewitt is on your side, he can come up with a plausible argument in your favor no matter what you do.
I suppose that makes him a fantastic lawyer, though.
Pure partisanship. Once his lower-level loyalty to his preferred faction was mooted, it was on to loyalty to the party. That’s my problem with partisans left and right: they never pass the good of the party to reach the good of the country, and you cannot trust them to be anything but self-serving.