Because I agree with Peggy N0onan on this:
Mr. Romney is not the leader of the party; he left no footprints in the sand. There is no such thing as Romneyism, no movement of which he’s the standard-bearer. Nor is he a Washington figure with followers. Party leaders already view him as a kind of accident, the best of a bad 2012 lot, a hiccup. The bottom-line attitude of Republican political pros: Look, this is a man who’s lived a good life and would have been a heck of a lot better than Obama, and I backed him. But to be a successful Republican president now requires a kind of political genius, and he didn’t have it and wasn’t going to develop it. His flaws as a candidate would have been his flaws as president. We dodged a bullet.
…with the caveat that I’d still have preferred the bullet to the out-of-control, rampaging rhino that the Obama administration has provided as an alternative. As Peggy makes clear in the rest of the essay, Barack Obama has still not provided any indication that he’s prepared to lead, rather than campaign. Peggy seems to take the position that this is due to Obama preferring campaigning to leading; I take the position that Obama simply doesn’t have any other skill than in running for things. Certainly his legislative and administrative record is remarkably bad, to the point where it aspires to beat William Henry Harrison’s in terms of positive accomplishment.
And Harrison barely lasted a month.