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  •  Two bads don't mean one turns good. (4+ / 0-)

    Make sure you distinguish between candidate and campaign, and between potential and achievement, and between being a candidate for the nomination and a candidate for the general. Otherwise it'll just be a linguistic slapfight where everyone talks past each other.

    Romney is the better "candidate" on paper for the general, but Gingrich has somehow taken all of the reasons why he's a terrible candidate and made himself a winner in SC and has Romney (for the time being) on the ropes. While "bad" candidates can win and not transform into good candidates -- certainly Gingrich hasn't -- I don't think "good" candidates should lose like Romney is losing. That is to say: flailing, chaotic, tripping over their own feet again and again.

    The fact is the GOP has four (three and a half?) bad candidates remaining. That Romney is a better bad candidate for the general doesn't mean that Newt isn't the better bad candidate for the nomination. And the nomination comes first.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 08:14:04 AM PST

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