Will examines Gingrich’s, Romney’s and Paul’s various difficulties in winning the GOP nomination.
On Newt: “Gingrich, who has been elected to nothing since 1996…says that he is more electable than Mitt Romney. Even if true, this claim might be a Gingrich rarity: a minimalist boast.”
On Mitt: “Romney’s first foray into electoral politics was the 1994 Republican primary for the nomination to run for the Senate against Ted Kennedy. Romney won that primary, then lost to Kennedy by 17 points while Republicans gained 52 seats to end 40 years of Democratic control of the House of Representatives.”
On Ron: “Paul probably cannot be elected president, but neither could Eugene Debs or Norman Thomas. They campaigned as socialists, not expecting to win the presidency but hoping to expand the menu of topics that were politically debatable, which they did.”