Powerline is among the most influential of the conservative online opinion-sites, and not just because they broke Dan Rather on the wheel of Rathergate. John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson, strengthened by Steve Hayward after the retirement of Paul Mirengoff, do serious work and do it well, writing careful, well-researched and thoughtful essays on all sorts of subjects, but especially on politics and public policy.
In many ways they are stand-ins for the vast numbers of very competent hard-working professionals in the country who are executives, lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers and analysts who just don’t have time for the political stuff but who vote and who contribute and who know that we are in a very bad place as a country.
So John Hinderaker’s endorsement of Mitt Romney means quite a lot to a lot of GOP voters. Here is the short version of his argument for Romney:
First, he is a tremendously smart, competent and hard-working person….
Second, Romney has led an exemplary life. He is, by any ordinary measure, an exceptionally good man….
Third, Romney has exactly the expertise we need for the next four years….
Fourth, Romney can and will, I think, beat Barack Obama.
Read, as we used to say quite often, the whole thing. I am pretty sure Team Romney will be sending it around the blogosphere and to the MSM that still doesn’t have a clue on how the center-right works.
Can The Fraters be far behind? Almost certainly yes. But the rest of the Northern Alliance?