Posted by | March 30, 2012 10:30 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Stuart Shapiro

Why does everyone who endorses Governor Romney for president make it sound like they are endorsing Brussels sprouts?  Senator Marco Rubio is the latest. As described by Steve Benen:

The senator spoke at length and with great passion about why he detests President Obama, and similarly, went on and on about the perils of a prolonged nomination fight, but when touting the man he wants to be leader of the free world next year, Rubio came up with one underwhelming sentence.

And the next day:

There are a lot of other people out there that some of us wish had run for president — but they didn’t,” he said. “I think Mitt Romney would be a fine president, and he’d be way better than the guy who’s there right now.

It is hard for me to remember a candidate that so few people in his own party were excited about.  Michael Dukakis (another Massachusetts governor) maybe?  President Carter in 1980 perhaps?  Not great precedents for Romney.
By: Stuart Shapiro

Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy
program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers
University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies
regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office
of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and
George W. Bush.