The British television host working on American television supports Mitt Romney, even as he calls him “one of the least principled politicians I’ve ever encountered.
One senior Republican figure, a man widely tipped to run for President at a later date, told me during the party’s convention in August: ‘Mitt’s not the kind of guy you’d go for a beer with, mainly because he doesn’t drink beer. But he’s the kind of guy who gets stuff done.’
Of course, it’s not over yet. There are two more crucial debates, starting with one this Tuesday. But if Romney were to win those too, he’d be well on the way to the White House.
There was great excitement around the world when America elected its first black President in 2008. The possible election of America’s first Mormon President will bring with it far lower expectations. But that may not be such a bad thing, for him, for America, or for the world. Especially if he actually gets stuff done.