Conservatives can’t claim his wins – and they don’t like that.
The Republicans have lucked out. They appear poised to nominate a guy who can actually win the presidential election in November – a possibility few Republicans had seemed willing to entertain, given the heavy baggage of George W. Bush.The purity enforcers don’t realize how good they have it. Barring a near-miraculous late surge by Mitt Romney, the party will wind up tapping a hawkish career conservative who has pull with independent swing voters. Nobody else can do that, especially not this year. Nobody else has the heroic life story. Nobody else has the chops to beat Hillary Rodham Clinton – who, Obamamania notwithstanding, is still the most likely autumn finalist for the Dems.