I didn’t ask my conservative friend if he still would have supported Romney had the former Massachusetts governor picked a vice presidential candidate whose views on Medicare and some other issues were somewhat more moderate. The answer was obvious. Of course he would have. Nor would he have stayed away from the polls, as some idly threaten.
In presidential politics these days, you can be ideologically pure or you can win.
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