Mitt Romney ended his candidacy for president today in a manner befitting his political transformation -- exiting stage right from the Republican campaign with a red-meat speech delivered to a Washington assemblage of the leaders of the party's ultraconservative wing.
Once a moderate who was elected governor of one of the nation's most liberal states, Romney stood before a gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference as one of them, espousing down-the-line unalloyed positions on social, cultural, fiscal, and foreign policy issues.
"I will continue to stand for conservative principles; I will fight along side you for all the things we believe in," he told an approving audience, one whose support he will need if Romney, who turns 61 next month, decides to run again in the future.
An ultra-conservative or ultra-liberal in the White House would only hurt the country. We need someone in the middle who can work with members of both parties, uniting them towards a common goal.