In the Arena

Romney Stands Up

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As the Jeremiah Wright ad campaign zooms into the dustbin of history, it must be noted that Mitt Romney promptly and firmly did the right thing. He denounced it:

“I want to make it very clear: I repudiate that effort,” Romney said at a news conference. “I think it’s the wrong course.. . . I hope that our campaigns can respectively be about the future and about issues and about a vision for America.”

He hasn’t always acted so promptly and firmly in the past. But he did yesterday and I hope he gets his wish: a robust national debate about the size of government and the direction of the economy, without race-baiting, Mormon-baiting and other slimy diversions.