From “The Sweet Spot,” Bill Keller, NYT:
“My hunch is that Romney will manage to shake off most of his extremist accouterments, because they never seemed to fit him. It is true that if elected…Romney would be obliged to tithe generously to the right, by choosing Supreme Court nominees of the Scalia/Thomas persuasion, for example, and by populating regulatory agencies with polluters and plunderers. But those concerns tend not to alter election outcomes. Even with pro-Obama super PACs painting him as a mean-spirited zealot, Romney should be able to recapture the old campaign aura of a moderate Mr. Fixit.”
I agree with Keller that “those concerns” don’t affect elections, but they should!
So Mitt is re-setting the Etch a Sketch for the general to run from the base and then will re-set it again if elected to embrace them. They’ll keep him on a short leash under the threat of getting primaried for 2016. They already don’t like or trust him, so he’d better behave.