In the piece, Will characterizes the reversal in political fortunes of the two as a move from "bad to worse". In fairness, George Will is not what you could call an unbiased observer. His own wife is an advisor to rival GOP Presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry.
When the topic of Newt Gingrich comes up with his fellow talking heads, on ABC's, "This Week", George Will tends to make it clear, he doesn't take Gingrich even remotely seriously.
As far as Mitt Romney goes, in his piece in the Washington Post, Will compares an Obama-Romney match up to Harry Truman going up against Thomas Dewey. Hardly a metaphor for Republican success. So who does George Will think the GOP should pick to go up against President Obama next November? Former U.S. Ambassador to China, and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.
Huntsman's positions of being in favor of civil unions for same sex couples, believing in climate change and evolution, mean he is the one candidate in the current GOP field who is not either, woefully opportunistic in their policy track record, or completely insane.
Thankfully for Democrats it also means he is the one man who the Republican Party will never, ever, not in a million years, pick as their nominee. For the simple reason, the nutjob theocrats who now control the GOP would never allow it.
Why not? Simple. It's the same reason they are now willing to overlook Newt Gingrich's three marriages and track record of serial adultery. Huntsman, like Romney is a Mormon and that just gives the Evangelical nutjobs of the GOP the willies.
The fact that the opinion of George Will, one of the American Conservative Movement's most prominent minds is being completely ignored, is a fascinating glimpse into the Republican Party of 2011. Their lockstep allegiance to an American Taliban-esqe conservative social agenda at all costs, will all but hand a second term to Barack Obama on silver platter.
It will be interesting to see what will happen when the Republican Party, which went completely insane when they lost to Barack Obama the first time, faces the reality that his re-election was far more their own doing, than a result of anything the Democrats did.