no principles other than the desire to get elected. The crowd was not overwhelmed by his assurances of severity:
“I have never heard anybody say, ‘I’m severely conservative,’” Rush Limbaugh noted on his show.
“That didn’t get a lot of applause,” firebrand Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) observed with a tight smile.
“Some things are too funny to comment on,” a laughing Newt Gingrich commented as he walked into the conference to give his own speech.
...The central question now looming over the race is, to borrow a phrase, just how severely the party has moved right. How profound is the scale of resistance to Romney?
“You’ve got to have a trust factor, you’ve got to make sure he’s genuine,” said Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a leading tea-party freshman, in attempting to explain conservative unease with the front-runner. “And with Romneycare there are a lot of similarities with the Affordable Care Act.”