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Apr 9, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 29 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Republicans will need to run a campaign that explains. Explanation—as opposed to denunciation of others, or celebration of self—hasn’t much characterized the campaign of the likely Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, so far. But if Romney—assuming he’s the nominee—can’t lift his general election campaign above the level of the primary contest, he’s likely to lose.

The good news is that Romney is capable of turning around an enterprise that’s likely to fail. The bad news is that it’s harder to turn one around if the failure isn’t yet obvious. The irony is that a Romney victory in the primaries will then pose the ultimate test of his ability as a turnaround artist. We trust, for the sake of the country, that he’ll be tough and determined and self-critical enough to do the job.

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