I am not a Romney fan and would have preferred that an aggressive, articulate conservative had run for and won the GOP nomination. Unfortunately, no one of that caliber ran. The more conservative candidates that actually did run had glaring weaknesses that were just too big.
But, there is one thing that Romney proved in the nomination campaign that should bode well for the general election campaign. He knows how to go negative.
Obama's record and arrogance are so bad that Romney should be able to plaster this country with pointed and aggressive negative ads. Here's hoping he does so and drives Obama and his supporters into incoherent, petulant, sputtering defensiveness. The base will rally behind the attacks even if Romney is an imperfect choice to lead conservatives.
Unfortunately, because Romney panders to audiences, I fear that he may go less hard on Obama than his fellow Republicans because he thinks he needs to be more middle-of-road for independents. It will be so frustrating if the thing Romney was consistent and good at is abandoned.
Let the attack machine take aim.