Tuesday, August 28, 2007

UK article...a great read

"And now, a shiver of a breeze rustling the trees in the heart of the city, there is Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, aspirant Republican candidate to succeed Bush, winner of the Iowa caucuses, possessor of a certain momentum his adversaries lack, champion fundraiser and champion non-needer of funds (because he's worth $250m) - and, like his wife and father before him, follower of the Mormon faith."

see article


Stephen R. Maloney said...

On my blog (http://camp2008victorya.blogspot.com) I recently wrote the following in a column about a Republican presidential candidate: "If [he] wants to get into the White House on anything other than a visitor's pass, he had better start choosing an absolutely dynamite running mate." I then quoted another blogger who said, "It's time for him to start taking some risks."

Although the above remarks were made about another candidate (one named Mike), they apply also to Mitt Romney. What good does it do for a man to gain the Republican nomination . . . only to lose the in the general election?

LDS people are known world-wife for their sobriety, and it's important to take a very sober look at the political scene. In several polls, a "generic" Democrat (basically anyone who's not under indictment) gets about 52% and a generic Republican gets about 39%. Almost every political expert who's not a member of a Republican candidate's campaign staff believes the next President of the U.S. will not be Mitt Romney, but rather Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The fact that some friends in Provo or St. George or suburban Las Vegas can't abide Hillary Clinton is not a sign of national trends. A recent poll indicated that 92% of the American people are willing to vote for a "qualified woman."

Gee, I wonder exactly which "qualified woman" they had in mind?

For some months, several conservative political activists have been trying to turn this situation around. A Colorado Springs college student (Adam) did some serious research into possible choices for vice-president that would significantly strengthen a Republican ticket.

I reference Adam's blog below. I'll also reference the newest Blogger for Palin ("Kazoo") below.

The person he came up with was Sarah Heath Palin, Governor of Alaska. She was a big winner in an election year, 2006, that was mostly a disaster for Republicans.

I was the third person to join Adam's movement in support Sarah for V-P. Now, there are so many Bloggers For Palin that my blogroll is in technological revolt, so crowded that it's not accepting any more links!

Who is Sarah Palin? She's a woman called (by Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard) "The Most Popular Governor" (in the U.S.). She's also the woman called "The GOP's Beacon of Hope" by conservative columnist Dimitri Vassilaros. She's received major backing by White House Correspondent and Pulitzer Prize nominee Les Kinsolving. (Links to all these endorsements and many others are on my blogroll.)

As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has received approval ratings in the 90s. That means just about everybody likes her except a handful of people who haven't been paying close attention.

How does she stand on family values? She spends little time talking about them and a great deal of time practicing them with her husband and four children. She's cited consistently as an elected official who lives up to the highest ethical standards.

But why not just let Mitt or another nominee make the decision? The problem is that candidates are so exhausted by winning the nomination that they choose the names almost out of a hat.

Frankly, the Republican Party has a dismal record in choosing vice-presidential candidates. Richard Nixon got elected twice with Eisenhower, and later resigned because of Watergate. His V-P nominee, Spiro Agnew, had resigned previously because of his accepting bribes and laundering money. Dan Quayle? Well, as one of his opponents said, he was "no JFK."

If you can recall even the names of the running mates of Gerald Ford (Bob Dole), Barry Goldwater (Bill Miller) and Bob Dole (Jack Kemp), then you qualify for a Gold Star.

But don't these nominees help the presidential candidate carry important "swing" states? No, they never do. In 1968 Agnew was supposed to help Nixon carry Maryland, and the Democrats won it. Dick Cheney didn't help GWB carry Wyoming, which will go Democratic when Rio de Janeiro freezes over.

I urge you to take a quick look at Gov. Sarah Palin -- and then, if you wish, an extended look. On my site (http://camp2008victorya.blogspot.com) you'll find links to the short Wikipedia bio (which is accurate), the Fred Barnes article, and many others. On my blog, I've written approximately 25 columns on Sarah.

One of the most useful things you can do is to check out "Kazoo's" new column on why he decided to back Sarah. It shows the process of thought that many people have gone through.

What action do we want from you? Our hope is that you will endorse Sarah (and others like her) for high offices, elective and appointive, in the next Administration. In endorsing Sarah, you will not be writing anything in stone. You always have the option of going in another direction.

However, we hope you'll join our movement and stay with it right until Sarah Palin gets the nomination.

Thanks very much for your interest. We hope you'll take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this remarkable woman, Sarah Heath Palin, America's most popular elected official.

Stephen R. Maloney
Ambridge, PA
National Coordination Team, Palin 4 VP


Adam is at: http://palinforvp.blogspot.com
Kazoo's endorsement of Palin is: http://kazoolist.blogspot.com/2007/08/palin-for-veep.html
All other material mentioned above is linked on my blogroll

You may e-mail me at TalkTop65@aol.com. Thanks.

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