What puzzles me, however, is why so many conservatives -- those, in particular, who believe Romney is too moderate -- are backing him as the most credible not-Romney choice in the field.
Gingrich's stance on immigration
. What he said last night deserves serious consideration -- do Republicans really consider it politically smart (and right!) to divide the families of illegal immigrants who have been law-abiding residents of America for decades or more? People of good conscience can disagree, but let's not pretend his comments put him to the right of Romney.
I fully understand the principled opposition to Mitt Romney by some who object either to policies he has supported or his perceived history of shifting positions on some important issues. What I don't understand is why conservatives would consider Newt Gingrich -- with his baggage and history of verbal and personal indiscipline -- to be a superior choice.
As documented before, my objections to Newt Gingrich stem mostly from my sense that he has become too much of an inside-the-Beltway player with too little discipline and too much baggage to win were he the Republicans' presidential nominee.