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Why Republicans need Mitt Romney
Much has been said about the Southernization of the Republican Party, but little about the way Mitt Romney, if he secured the Grand Old Party's nomination, has a chance to wrest control from the party's fringe and restore it to political moderation. Sure, the GOP is justly viewed as the party of big business, and one of the richest men ever to run for the White House won't change that. But of all the candidates, none is more likely to put the brakes on the trend of Southernization.
By John Stoehr
February 22, 2012