Entries Tagged as 'GOP primary'

Give Santorum His Chance

December 5th, 2011 at 12:00 am 59 Comments

Well the punditry has pretty much come down to determining that Republican choices are Gingrich or Romney. Here’s the big Kahuna of Conservative Commentary on that very subject.

In my quest to avoid voting for Romney I have pretty much picked through the remainders of announced candidates this year. In that piece I ruled out Perry and Huntsman and my criticisms are only more justified now. The best candidate for my money left early. In that piece I dismissed Bachman as unelectable and so she remains. I left Herman Cain before he claimed to be a man who, physician unbeknownst to his wife, paid the monthly bills of a woman he never slept with. Newt is not my guy either. Paul is obviously not for me.

But I never came back to Rick Santorum.

Click here to read more

State Legislators Like Romney, A Lot

December 1st, 2011 at 12:50 pm 14 Comments

Scottsdale, AZ–Even as he continues to fight off challenges from an ever-changing troop of “flavor of the week” candidates, Mitt Romney’s organization appears to be gaining the type of support it most needs to win primaries–the support of conservative legislators.

Here, as the American Legislative Exchange Council (where I’m a policy advisor) holds its “States and Nation Policy Summit” at a resort in the Phoenix’s super-suburb of Scottsdale, Romney’s name is on everybody’s lips. And this means a lot.

Click here to read more

Signs of Hope, Part 2

November 22nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm 34 Comments

American elections are always hotly contested, and 2012 already conforms to type. Yet Mitt Romney at least is opening the contest by acknowledging the realities faced by President Obama in 2009:

{Y]ou were dealt a hard hand. You came into office in the midst of an economic crisis that was not of your making. You were asked to face great challenges and to solve difficult problems. The tasks before you would have taxed the abilities of any new president.

Click here to read more

The Nominee Will Be Romney and the GOP Will Like Him

November 1st, 2011 at 10:02 am 26 Comments

Although I’m hardly optimistic that he’ll take the presidency, there’s every reason to think that Mitt Romney is going win the Republican nomination and attract the votes of his own party members.

Thus, while I would still bet on Obama to win reelection, I disagree with David Frum‘s contention that Romney’s current level of support in his own party ought to be a topic of concern.

Click here to read more

The GOP’s Best Case/Worst Case

David Frum October 31st, 2011 at 12:09 pm 62 Comments

In my column for CNN, I discuss how the Tea Party will react to the different possible outcomes of the 2012 election:

A new CNN poll finds that about half of Republicans sympathize with the tea party movement. The other half either remain aloof or (5%) even express hostility.

That second group of Republicans has received remarkably little media attention this cycle. Yet their man — Mitt Romney — has held steady in first or second place for the past three years. Meanwhile tea party Republicans have bounced from Sarah Palin to Donald Trump to Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to (now) Herman Cain, transfixing the media every time they lose faith in one messiah and search for another.

Yet sooner or later, the tea party Republicans must converge on a single choice. When they do, they will present the non-tea party Republicans with a troubling menu of possibilities.

Click here to read more

With Rick Perry: Hope for the Best

September 7th, 2011 at 1:23 pm 20 Comments

The campaign for the Republican nomination for President now gets serious. A variety of polls indicate that Texas Gov. Rick Perry currently has the lead.

Perry’s surge has drawn a range of reactions—fear from his fellow GOP contenders, look scorn from the “Progressive” wing of the Democratic Party, malady and ambivalence from establishment Republicans. Should they all be worried?

Click here to read more

Huntsman: The Truer Conservative

September 7th, 2011 at 1:02 am 31 Comments

Here’s a brief biography of two candidates:

One of them presided over arguably the best business climate in the nation, hospital so good that Forbes magazine ranked it as the best state for business and careers. As governor, treat he enacted free-market health care reforms, balanced the budget, and thus far is the most public advocate of the Ryan plan to reduce long-term entitlement spending.

Click here to read more

More Jobs, Better Pay: What the GOP Can Do

David Frum August 15th, 2011 at 12:13 pm 65 Comments

In my column for CNN, I explain why Rick Perry’s record on job is both his greatest strength and weakness:

Gov. Rick Perry enters the presidential race with one big advantage and one big impediment. The advantage: his record of job creation in Texas. His impediment? His record of job creation in Texas.

Through two years of weak economic recovery, Texas has led the nation in job creation. Of all the jobs created in the United States since 2009, 38% have been created in Texas.

But if Texas has created many jobs, it has failed to create good jobs. Many of the jobs created since 2009 pay only minimum wage, and Texas, along with Mississippi, has the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the U.S.

Click here to read more

Who Do I Support with Pawlenty Gone?

August 15th, 2011 at 1:00 am 49 Comments

I have been supporting Tim Pawlenty for president this go round.  Now it appears I have to find a new candidate.

My reasons for supporting him were that he was from a Democrat leading Midwestern state and had run a generally conservative administration. He seemed like a serious man with a nice family and solid accomplishments.

Click here to read more

Romney Gets His Challenger

David Frum August 13th, 2011 at 11:55 pm 102 Comments

For two years, disaffected conservative Republicans have shopped for an alternative to Mitt Romney.

They have worked their way through Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, and Donald Trump among others. The Ames straw poll turned a spotlight on Michele Bachmann.

Until now, anti-Romney Republicans have bumped against the same lethal problem every time: The mooted alternatives either failed to ignite the party base (Pawlenty) or else frightened away the party’s monied elite (Bachmann). Or both.

Click here to read more