Mehlman and Mitt Speak

by Ryan on December 1, 2006

in Politics

Slapping the Republican Party on the back with a good idea, today outgoing RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman spoke candidly to the nation’s GOP governors about reading the midterm defeats properly by getting back to the party’s “core principles” (read conservatism).

However, the most interesting, future-oriented rhetoric came from Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) in a speech he gave later:

“They [the Democrats] believe that government and Washington has the answer to every question, the solution to every problem.  We, as Republicans, don’t believe that.  But, if you think about it, sometimes over the past two years, we’ve behaved as if we do.”

Good segue into getting back to those core principles.  But he also said in that same speech:

“If you believe as I do, that the source of our strength is our people, then when America faces a new generation of challenges, like we do today, you don’t look to government, you look to make the people stronger.”

I like the way this man is sounds, as he potentially secures that conservative void in the GOP 2008 field.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt December 2, 2006 at 7:02 am

I’m liking Mitt Romney more and more every time I hear him speak on national issues. It’s good to hear one of our potential presidential candidates in 2008 articulating strong conservative principles. What a contrast with other “moderate Republicans” (read liberal) like McCain and Giuliani. Right now, I think Mitt is looking like our strongest conservative candidate in ’08. I like Newt too, but I think he has a little more baggage… The Democrats went all out attacking/smearing him when he was Speaker back in the ’90s, and he’ll need to get past some people’s preconceived notions about him in order to win.


Sal December 2, 2006 at 8:28 am

Don’t count Newt out. He’s got a lot of baggage, but as Rush pointed out, the media will find baggage for any Republican candidate (look at Macaca). The plus Newt has is that he is more articulate on Conservative principles than any politician since Reagan. I think he has a shot.

I do like Mitt, however, and I think he will be the frontrunner of the Conservatives this year.


Mike December 2, 2006 at 2:08 pm

I agree that the dinosaur media will try to find baggage on any Republlican, sometimes even making it up if they have to. The trouble with Newt is that the media doesn’t have to look very hard and most of what they have is true. The way Newt handled his first divorce is nothing to be proud of. In fact, it’s something to be ashamed of.

That said, I haven’t ruled out Newt. That was a long time ago. He has been consistent in his conservatism (although I’m concerned that he still sees a role for government where threr shouldn’t be). Romney has been a relatively late convert. I love what I’m hearing now.

We have a flawed field. At this point, I lean toward Romney or Newt. They’re the best we have at this point. Damn Macaca


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