Tag: Romney

The Current Crop of Contenders

As a historian, I believe I’m somewhat prepared for less than perfection. I mean, in studying history, one realizes that the really principled people are fewer than they should be, and that we have to settle, more often than not, for less than the ideal. That applies to policies and people. As I ponder the lineup of contenders for the Republican nomination this year, I’m reminded of that historical lesson. The two top prospects that I had counted on running… Read more »

Conservative Critique of a Conservative Editorial Comment

National Review, that bastion of conservative thought, startled many this week, myself included, with an editorial that basically wrote Newt Gingrich out of the Republican nomination, and hinted strongly at a Romney endorsement. Many have critiqued that editorial—I think for good reason—but none has done so as excellently as one of NR’s own contributors, Andrew McCarthy. You can find the critique here: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/286053/gingrich-s-virtues-andrew-c-mccarthy?pg=1 It’s a little lengthy, but well worth reading. I urge you to carefully consider what he says…. Read more »

The Iowa Debate

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the Iowa caucuses. Last night Fox News sponsored a Republican debate in Sioux City, the last opportunity for each of the candidates to take their message to a widespread audience. The polls, prior to the debate, have been dynamic in the sense that one can’t really tell who has the upper hand right now. Gingrich leads in some, Romney in another, Paul rising rapidly. So who was helped and who was hurt… Read more »

Gingrich: The Latest “Not-Romney”

Newt Gingrich appears to be the latest “not-Romney” candidate to leap ahead of the pack. The question, of course, is whether he can stay the course. He’s smart, articulate, and full of ideas. Some of those ideas in the past have been off the conservative reservation, but he was an excellent strategist back in the 1990s for taking back the Congress for Republicans, and he achieved balanced budgets and welfare reform in his role as Speaker of the House. I’ve… Read more »

Potpourri Saturday

What does my title today mean? It means I’m tired of thinking for now and just want to throw a few cartoons at you. They are on a variety of subjects, but all pretty effective, I believe. Let’s get started. How about the reluctance of Republican primary voters to fall in love with Mitt Romney’s candidacy? While we’re on the subject of politicians, here’s another one on Barney Frank’s announced retirement that captures the true spirit of the man: We… Read more »

Examining the Candidates

I spoke last night at a local Republican club. My assignment was to examine all the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination. I knew this might be a tough assignment simply because each one would have some supporters in the audience. My approach, therefore, despite my own personal leanings, was to be as impartial as possible. For each candidate, I shared what the candidate himself/herself identified as strengths, and why voters should choose them. Then I turned to the critiques… Read more »

Romney vs. the Anti-Romney

In discussing the race for the Republican presidential nomination, my goal has been to be forthright and honest about why I believe certain candidates are not the best options, and I’ve also made it pretty clear where my sympathies lie. What it comes to down to is either Romney or the anti-Romney. Romney is the establishment’s choice. He will never upset the status quo, and he won’t make them nervous with deeply held convictions. A list of issues where he… Read more »