Trust, Don’t Verify

That seems to be Ramesh Ponnuru’s advice to social conservatives concerning Mitt Romney. My former colleague Jim Antle begs to differ.

There was a time — a long time ago now — when even movement conservatives were willing to hold off on throwing their support behind a candidate like Romney; when they would try very hard to recruit guys like John Ashbrook, who didn’t have a chance of winning the nomination but who would at least put some rightward pressure on a Richard Nixon, in part to show the Republican Party that conservatives were willing to put up a fight. Now there’s no effort at all.

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