Let Romney Be Romney
May 14, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 33 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Still, reality is conservative, so that’s an advantage for conservatives. And the Republican party has lots of impressive reformers—ranging from Mitch Daniels to Chris Christie to Bob McDonnell to Susana Martinez in statehouses, from Marco Rubio to Kelly Ayotte to Paul Ryan and many others in Congress—who can help Romney and conservatism along.
Romney could be to Reagan as—mutatis mutandis—FDR was to Wilson. But only if conservatives outside the Romney campaign can be as successful—intellectually and politically—as our progressive forebears were, both in making our case to the American people in 2012, and in governing in 2013.
So let Romney be Romney. Let conservatives be conservative. And let freedom ring!