The Article: The Anti-Romney Resistance Takes Shapeby Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine.
The Text: The basic tension of the Republican nominating contest is that it has had a very strong desire to oppose Mitt Romney, sitting alongside an almost comically weak slate of candidates who can fulfill that oppositional role. Now, with Rick Perry teetering and Michele Bachmann out, the opposition is down to two: Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, two washed-up pols who left office in disgrace or landslide defeat, have no appeal to non-rabid Republicans, and little money or organization.
Still, the sentiment against Romney is strong enough to keep one or both of them going for a while. The anti-Romney resistance is still breathing.
The resistance has a few components. At the periphery, you have Republicans who simply want to make Romney commit himself more deeply and irrevocably to the right-wing agenda. The Wall Street Journal editorial page has tiptoed the line all along, signaling ultimate support for Romney but always keeping the carrot dangling a few inches away. Today’s editorial notes with disappointment that his economic plan is less radical than his rivals’, and concludes that he “would benefit from a good, hard slog.” (Perhaps one involving a lot of santorum.)