The author makes a good point - political right seems very often to put up Martin Milquetoast for election, when they should be fielding savvy, articulate, hard-headed and hard-hitting candidates.
I, personally, don’t know why this is true, but with America drifting inexorably and seemingly irresistably ever Leftward, one wonders at this point whether real conservatism, bedrock conservatism, can ever rise again.
Oh No!! Say it aint so !!! I really liked Romney—and I am a right winger. Maybe it was because he was sooo much better that Zero. I can’t believe he lost. I didn’t like everything about him, but he was a few steps in the right direction.
It is always who is next in line, deserving of the honor. Loud mouth Gov. Sununu, NH is part of the problem in my state, [NH] along with a list of others. Sununu has not shown his face since the elections
My theory on this is that Republicans who are "savvy, articulate, hard-headed and hard-hitting candidates" are likely to be very successful in other walks of life and have no interest in taking on a job in Washington dealing with so many misfits and losers.
This is why it's made very clear in Plato's Republic that the ideal "philosopher king" is someone who has to be apprehended against his will to serve in that role. Socrates and Plato rightly concluded that anyone who wants the job should automatically be disqualified from ever holding it.