By Jonah Goldberg
Congratulations to Mitt Romney for his big win last night. It was a win that, Romney supporters hoped, would help bury concerns about his ability to seal the deal to do what it takes. But I’m not so sure. If you’re a straight-laced grown-up with money to burn, burying Newt Gingrich shouldn’t be that hard. Romney talked about the economy, Newt about lunar statehood (which I favor!). Romney drowned Gingrich in negative ads and Gingrich supplied endless fodder for the accurate ones and plausibility for the inaccurate ones. Was that really the test of his political chops everyone is saying?
Romney’s comment was not only dumb politically, it was un-conservative. Conservatives care about the poor and don’t simply relegate them to the joys of the “social safety net,” as Romney proposes. We want to give them the opportunity to turn around their lives, not depend on dehumanizing government handouts. I don’t think Romney gets this. As hard as he tries to make me believe he is a real conservative, I just don’t see it.