Roger Kimball says:
…the Republicans’ only live hope for the 2012 Presidential election is to endorse an articulate conservative candidate. So far, they have failed to find him (or her). Time is running out. The spectacle of mutually assured destruction that we’ve been treated to under the name of the Republican primary has offered some entertaining, if unedifying, moments. Entertaining moments do not win elections. Principled conservatism does. Any takers?
This quote is from The Suicide Club. The whole thing is recommended reading.
Actually, both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum appear as articulate conservatives, at least compared to Mitt Romney who would first have to become a principled conservative, something he has no intention of doing.