Mitt Romney was not the problem for Republicans this year. In fact, he was the best candidate that Republicans had, by far. Seriously. Consider who was running for president in the Republican Party this year.
A Gingrich presidency, if such a thing can even be imagined, would be a chaotic catastrophe. A Gingrich nomination would yield an Obama landslide. So that leaves us with the two governors, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.
Neither Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, nor John Kennedy were intellectual giants. But the keenness of their respective minds was revealed every day. And they were not threatened by smart people around them.
Romney's emerging economic strategy is clear: blame China. Not only does this get the heat off of GOP-linked constituencies like Wall Street, it also skewers the administration that has played appeaser to Beijing.
The obvious questions that surrounded Perry were ignored by many Republicans desperate for a viable conservative. Strikingly, many are now seeking to repeat these events with an even less plausible candidate, Governor Chris Christie.