FROM THE EDITORS OF THE NATIONAL REVIEW:
"WE VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY"
This is a significant endorsement, especially in light of the recent "love affair" that has been going on between the left-wing media and Huckabee. The accompanying editorial explains their reasoning, ans is very interesting to read. Here are some snip-its:
"Our guiding principle has always been to select the most conservative viable candidate. In our judgment, that candidate is Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts."
On his record:
"No other Republican governor had to deal with both human cloning and court-imposed same-sex marriage. He was on the right side of both issues, and those battles seem to have made him see the stakes of a broad range of public-policy issues more clearly. He will work to put abortion on a path to extinction. Whatever the process by which he got to where he is on marriage, judges, and life, we’re glad he is now on our side — and we trust him to stay there."
On his Competition:
"Uniting the conservative coalition is not enough to win a presidential election, but it is a prerequisite for building on that coalition. Rudolph Giuliani did extraordinary work as mayor of New York and was inspirational on 9/11. But he and Mike Huckabee would pull apart the coalition from opposite ends: Giuliani alienating the social conservatives, and Huckabee the economic (and foreign-policy) conservatives. A Republican party that abandoned either limited government or moral standards would be much diminished in the service it could give the country."
"John McCain is not as conservative as Romney"
"Thompson has never run any large enterprise — and he has not run his campaign well, either. Conservatives were excited this spring to hear that he might enter the race, but have been disappointed by the reality."
(Thanks to Jed for the early heads up on this!)