Conservatives’ growing enthusiasm is palpable and deserved
Until now, conservatives’ support for Mitt Romney was based largely on this: He’s not Barack Obama. But that was then and this is now. Conservatives are finding reasons to not just vote for Mr. Romney but to get excited about voting for him.
During the frenzied, slugfest days of the Republican primary season, even conservatives who were skeptical of Mr. Romney have found reason for optimism. As desperation set in for his opponents, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, their attacks on the former Bain Capital entrepreneur made them sound more like liberal class warriors than conservative Republicans.
Mr. Gingrich claimed Mr. Romney was not being “fair” and tried to “loot” his own company. In reality, of course, owners can and should be free to withdraw capital from their own investments. Mr. Perry called Mr. Romney a “vulture capitalist” who “picked the flesh off the carcass” of a dead company. Would Mr. Perry prefer to waste taxpayer money on dying companies instead? That’s called Obamanomics.