The Republican Oddballs

Ross says it best,

This is basically why I’ve enjoyed the rise of Huckabee and Paul: Not because I agree with them on an issue-by-issue basis, but because they’re willing to push the envelope a bit, and expand the definition of what a conservative can stand for in ways that I think are ultimately healthy for the party.

Imagine if Giuliani had done the same, by framing his domestic agenda as a fight against corrupt incumbents who game the system to the detriment of consumers and entrepreneurs alike. The speeches write themselves. Or if Romney had embraced Ramesh Ponnuru’s family-friendly tax reform. Or if … the race didn’t have to be this dismal.