Is there a place for data? Is there value in process? Sure.But base an entire presidency on the importance of data and process over principle? Is this what Mitt Romney would do? Is this where a Romney presidency would lead? If so, conservatives have been here before.I'm familiar with this argument, and while his example of Abraham Lincoln sticking to his course in the face of hundreds of thousands of casualties is unfortunate, his example of Jimmy Carter as the wonkish, data-driven, know-it-all President is worrisome.(It worries me that National Review has formally endorsed Romney.)
It is not a good place to be.[That Does Not Compute |Mitt Romney has a passion for data. A great president needs a passion for principle. By Jeffrey Lord, OpinionJournalÂ December 12, 2007]
But after eight years of George Bush, I personally would like to see a President who had a lot more time for facts.