Doesn't it seem ironic that Mitt Romney has returned to front runner status? The Tea Party seeming in ascendency, yet the Republican Presidential candidate appears far more moderate, and now aggressively so. Reading the first few paragraphs of the piece excerpted below, I thought of Rockefeller, who was Governor of NY when I was a kid. Of course no primaries or caucuses have yet to be run. Surely it is a mistake to pick the winner of the race before it has started. Nonetheless, it is interesting to speculate about it. Somebody should write a faux U.S. history, based on the counter factual that in 1964 Goldwater didn't get the Republican nomination. Perhaps that's in store for us next.