Monday, January 16, 2012

There's No Return in Backing a Loser

Some people in South Carolina are irate that their governor, supposedly a tea party type,1 has backed Romney. Some people are puzzled that Jon Huntsman, having decided that he's the only major candidate who is never going to get a "bubble", is reportedly going to endorse Romney.

But there should be no surprise in any of that.

If you want to be on good terms with the man who is potentially the next President, you back him. You don't try to tear him down. Ask Hillary Clinton's backers how they have fared in terms of cabinet positions and political appointments in relation to those who backed President Obama.

Still, I sense no enthusiasm.
1. Gov. Nikki Haley was troubled by Romney's healthcare reforms in Massachusetts. Not when she backed him in 1988, mind you, but only after it became fashionable to demagogue about the issue in order to curry favor with Tea Partiers. I'm sure the timing is a coincidence.

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