The National Review exhorts its readership to consider Hutsman, Romney and Santorum as Presidential candidates. They spend a lot of time on Newt, but here is a highlight:
Gingrich’s colleagues were, however, right to bring his tenure to an end [as Speaker in 1998]. His character flaws — his impulsiveness, his grandiosity, his weakness for half-baked (and not especially conservative) ideas — made him a poor Speaker of the House. Again and again he combined incendiary rhetoric with irresolute action, bringing Republicans all the political costs of a hardline position without actually taking one. Again and again he put his own interests above those of the causes he championed in public.
Perry lacks gravitas:
Governor Perry has done an exemplary job in Texas but has seemed curiously and persistently unable to bring gravity to the national stage. Republican presidential candidates have not been known for their off-the-cuff eloquence in recent decades, but conservatism should not choose a standard-bearer who would have to spend much of his time untying his own tongue.
Their plug for Huntsman is amusing:
Three other candidates deserve serious consideration. Governor Huntsman has a solid record, notwithstanding his sometimes glib foreign-policy pronouncements; his main weakness is his apparent inability, so far, to forge a connection with conservative voters outside Utah.
Yeah, that lack of a bond is funny because Don Rickles' audience always seemed to enjoy his insults. C'mon, Huntsman chose to position himself as the Maverick Media Darling who dislikes conservatives almost as fervently as the mainstream press. That kinda worked for McCain in 2000 and 2008 but this is 2011 and open conservatives have an excellent chance to win. (Watching Hunstman nibble at some crow on global warming was kind of fun, but I suspect its too little, too late. And To Be Fair, one might very well believe the mainstream scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming without embracing the mainstream policy prescriptions that have emanated from, for example, Al Gore.)