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Larison notes:

It isn’t to the credit of moderate Republicans that they favor Romney so heavily, but Romney has always been the obvious candidate for them for a lack of viable alternatives. What I find intriguing about the extent of moderate Republican support for Romney is that it exists despite Romney’s desperate effort to reject everything he ever did that once made him appealing to moderate Republicans. Perhaps moderate Republicans put their hope in Romney’s later reversion back to what he was in the early 2000s, or perhaps they assume that Romney doesn’t really believe the hard-line rhetoric he’s spouting these days. 

Conor wants moderates and the tea party to rally behind Gary Johnson instead. In our dreams.

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