A Recidivist Reviser

Is this why Mitt Romney is changing his position on climate change for the umpteenth time?

Conservative columnist, and frequent Sunday morning bobble-head guest, George Will has a problem with Mitt Romney and his use of facts.

Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable, he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate: Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the tea party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming. Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from ‘data’ … Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for THIS?

He takes his bearings from "data?" We can't have that!

It makes sense, though. A preclusion of data and facts is a basic requirement for being a modern conservative. You must shun empirical reality and embrace with open arms the bliss that is know-nothingism.

One could argue the notion that Mitt Romney takes his cues from "data," as many of his policy positions defy what the data would suggest, but the fact that most conservatives view him in this light is what prevents him from ever moving beyond the steady 23% of support he has enjoyed over the last several months.

By the way, accusing someone of being a technocrat is not an insult unless you believe nominating your cleaning lady to the supreme court is an effective way to govern.

Conservatism is a mental illness.