Revenge of the Aloof

Romney is losing the populist primary, but that won't keep him from winning the nomination

Illustration by Hieronymus for TIME; Romney head: Justin Sullivan / Getty; Huntsman body: Jose Luis Magana / AP

I've been watching Fox News' election coverage throughout the Republican primaries, and it is a fascinating thing to behold--more fair and balanced than expected but decidedly subdued. On election night in New Hampshire, the reaction to Mitt Romney's victory by Fox's in-house conservative pundits, Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol, both of the Weekly Standard, was tepid at best, a grudging "well, you gotta give him credit" sort of reaction, not unlike their more heterodox peers on CNN and MSNBC.

Romney had just become the first Republican nonincumbent ever to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire. He had proved in two...

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