“Mitt Romney, a likely contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination”
Everyone keeps saying this because, well, there isn’t a frontrunner yet. But I don’t see any real evidence for it, aside from the fact that the MSM reports every time he opens his mouth. Depends on what you mean by “contender,” I guess. One thing is certain. If he couldn’t win against McCain and hardly did better than Huck, he had no business being in the race at all last year.
Your 'front runner' is that who is most demonized BY the msm. They become steeled by the attacks. They grow into the conservative clothing they were always confortable with rather than wear a 'liberal' costume that appeals to others.
Sometimes, the cost of their outfits become the target of attacks. Sometimes, their families are attacked.
While I like Mr. Romney, I doubt he has the pedigree to win against liberals due to the fact that he'll encounter much difficulty rallying conservatives who had justifiable reseverations about compassionate conservatism's G.W. Bush. Voters need a choice, a real choice this time. Playing 'footsie' with moderates and un-decideds compromises everything America should stand for. That dog won't hunt.(see McCain- democrat from Arizona with big-mouthed daughter)
The traditions that made this country great are under attack. The values that make this country great are under attack (see gay marriage). The last thing we need is a candidate from the Northeastern corridor trying to mount a counter-attack. We need someone so removed from the Ivy League it'd make your head spin.
Look to Alaska. I'll say no more.