Republican primary voters really, really don’t want to nominate Mitt Romney, but the failure of the wingnuts to find a plausible candidate from within their own ranks makes his nomination seem more and more likely. Rick Perry’s failure to hate the children of immigrants as much as the Teahadis do seems to have doomed him, though his being transparently the least intelligent person on the stage can’t be helping. In the meantime, he’s giving us a little preview of what Obama is going to do to the Stepford Husband after Labor Day:

I’m not sure whether it’s really possible to be too phony to get elected President, but if Romney is the nominee we’re going to find out. Naturally, I don’t blame Romney for previewing ObamaCare, but it’s hard not to think less of him for lying about it.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.