Does the Republican establishment go for candidates who "feed pablum to the public, instead of treating them like adults?" That is what Thomas Sowell thinks. He quotes Bret Stephens, writing in the Wall Street Journal in January, 2012: "that Mitt Romney was one of the "hollow men," and that voters "usually prefer the man who stands for something." Sowell looks back to 1948 for a smilar example:
Back in 1948, when the Democratic Party splintered into three parties, each one with its own competing presidential candidate, Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey was considered a shoo-in.
Best-selling author David Halberstam described what happened: "Dewey's chief campaign tactic was to make no mistakes, to offend no one. His major speeches, wrote the Louisville Courier Journal, could be boiled down 'to these historic four sentences: Agriculture is important. Our rivers are full of fish. You cannot have freedom without liberty. The future lies ahead...'"
Can we blame the Republican establishment? I seem to remember that there were primaries, in which we the people cast votes resulting in Romney winning the nomination!
Read more here: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2013/01/01/happy-new-year-n1476637