Dan Balz of the Washington Post is a former neighbor and childhood friend of mine. He’s also one of the best political reporters in the business, which is why I don’t blame him for a certain dubious tale in his new book about the 2012 presidential campaign.
Balz isn’t the prevaricator in this case. He’s just passing along Mitt Romney’s claim that he didn’t want to run for president last year.
The claim sounds to me like one of Romney’s excuses for having lost. It’s like saying: If my heart had been in it from the get-go, I would have ...