Mitt Romney

 On both sides of the Atlantic, the centre-Right has a leadership problem. To paraphrase Dr Johnsonon the widower who, having lost his uncongenial first wife, could not wait to marry again: the re-election of Barack Obama last month was a triumph of the politics of hope over the reality of experience. His wretched record notwithstanding, Americans gritted their teeth and rewarded their president with a second term. Why did they do this? Those who depend on big government—public sector employees, single mothers “married to the state”, and so on—had a positive reason to vote for Obama. The rest did not. What, then, were they voting against?

To win in 2016, the GOP must resolve the differences between the tea party and country club Republicans, and reach out more successfully to the ethnic vote

‘Obama’s proposed carbon tax will founder, but that won’t be the end of the alarmists’ agenda’

The presidential debates are the Republican’s last chance to seize the initiative from Barack Obama. A strong performance and the race could be back on overnight

‘In the 2012 Obama campaign, the future of American “entitlements”, Medicare and Social Security, is avoided’

‘Paul Ryan will thrash Joe Biden in debate and the Tea Party will enthusiastically endorse their poster boy but Romney’s choice of running mate will attract few new voters’

‘Nothing could underline Romney’s message on the centrality of the economy to this election better than the appointment of Rob Portman to his ticket’

‘With a $15 trillion national debt continuing to grow, it’s understandable if Obama prefers to shift the focus onto those social and personal areas where he regularly beats Romney’

‘With only a couple of hundred fewer delegates than Romney, Santorum believes there’s everything still to play for—especially in a race that has already had eight frontrunners’

GOP voting this year is extraordinarily volatile: Republicans’ heads and hearts are completely disconnected – really, they just want Ronald Reagan back