For those of us who are sick and tired of hearing how the Republican field is weak, Yuval Levin is a breath of fresh air:
It looks likely that the Republican nominee will be either the current governor of the nation’s second largest state (a job he has held for a decade, during which his state was among the most prosperous in the nation) or the former governor of a blue state who also has a great deal of private executive experience (much of it turning around failing ventures thanks to good management instincts and a strong command of economics). Both of them seem to be reasonably solid social, fiscal, and national security conservatives (which is actually very unusual for Republican nominees), even if they have not always been so. Both have more relevant experience than most presidential candidates tend to have, and each in his way has a great story to tell in the kind of election we’re likely to see. There is no better preparation for the presidency than a governorship (except perhaps a vice presidency), and voters clearly like electing governors to the White House.
We have a serious race with serious candidates — any of whom would be a vast improvement over Barack Obama. I particularly like Yuval’s point that both Romney and Perry have “a great story to tell in the kind of election we’re likely to see.” That’s exactly right, and I’m glad to see that Mitt is going to step up and offer his own jobs plan just as Obama unveils his. America needs to see the contrast.