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Glenn Reynolds


January 31, 2012 - 5:23 pm

So Mitt Romney has won, and won big. He’s got momentum, and it’s bad news for Newt, as well as for other contenders like Santorum and Ron Paul. The way you puncture the inevitability of an “inevitable” nominee is to beat him, and nobody came close to beating Romney in Florida. On the other hand, as Bryan Preston points out at the link above, Romney hasn’t won over Republican voters yet.

Then again, neither has anyone else, and nobody else came close to Romney’s performance tonight. Ultimately, the way you seal the deal is by getting the votes, and the delegates. So far, Romney seems to be pulling ahead.

In exit interviews, many GOP primary voters worried that campaign negativity would hurt the chances of beating Obama in November. And while politics ain’t beanbag, winning politics isn’t about fratricide, either. What GOP primary voters are looking for, above all, is a candidate who can make Barack Obama a one-term President. Candidates will be well advised to remember that, and not let their egos lead them into pointless personal attacks.

WHO IS GLENN REYNOLDS? I’m a law professor at the University of Tennessee. I write various law review articles, opeds, and other stuff. I’m a Contributing Editor at Popular Mechanics. I’m a columnist at The Washington Examiner. My most recent book is An Army of Davids : How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths. My next most recent book is The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined American Government, Business and Society, (The Free Press, 1997) coauthored with Peter W. Morgan. For something completely different, see Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology: Some Preliminary Observations, from the April, 2001 Environmental Law Reporter. Some of my other law review writings can be found in PDF form here. I’ve also written for The Atlantic Monthly, URB, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. I’m interested in everything, but my chief interest is in the intersection between advanced technologies and individual liberty. The vast majority of my writing touches on this in one way or another.
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