News roundup: Meghan McCain to Mitt: For your family’s sake, don’t run again

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Letter: Mitt risks becoming a footnote.

There’s really no way to explain what it’s like to watch your parent run for president. -> While congressional Republicans scoffed at many of Obama’s points during the address, some of Utah’s members say they believe they will be able to work together on issues such as free trade, criminal justice reform and combatting terrorism. [Trib] -> Former Rep.

Calling President Obama’s speech “disappointing”, Mitt Romney posted on Facebook his response to the State of the Union address, saying it was “a missed opportunity to lead.” If you follow the commentary of conservatives in the blogosphere and on social media, the idea of another Mitt Romney run for the White House is pretty much the worst idea ever, a sentiment which is consistent with the revised history of recent American politics that one hears from this segment of the world of punditry.The man would be following in the same sad footsteps of William Jennings Bryan and Adlai Stevenson, who each ran three times for president and were beaten three times.

Jim Matheson, who didn’t seek re-election, announced yesterday that he will be joining a Washington lobbying firm, a job that may hint he’s not running for statewide office next year. [Trib] [TheHill] [AP] [DNews] Tune in: Former Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart is being remembered this week for her strong leadership and political vision. John McCain (R) of Arizona, by the time 2012 rolled around the former Massachusetts governor came to be seen during the 2012 cycle as the supposed moderate, with some even labeling the man who was cheered at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2008 even as he announced he was dropping out of the race as a “Republican In Name Only” due to his association with a health-care reform plan that many saw as being the impetus for the Affordable Care Act. Vigorously campaigning for nearly two years, Obama won recognition with voters and rode a wave of populist passion that overcame Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

After Romney lost the general election in 2012, the standard claim on the right blamed his loss on the fact that, once again, the GOP had not nominated someone who has “conservative enough” and that this caused conservative voters to stay home. For the better part of a year, I’ve been telling friends and family members that there’s no way Romney would run again. (Here I am saying as much last summer.) And now it looks like I might have been wrong. Interestingly, though, many of their fellow Republicans clearly don’t feel the same way: Fifty-nine percent of Republicans would like to see Romney jump into the 2016 race, while only 26 percent believe he should stay out, according to the CBS News poll. Happening Today: The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics has invited the Tribune’s Matt Canham and Robert Gehrke to take part in a forum on the book “Mia Love, The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star.” It begins at 2 p.m. in the Hinckley Caucus Room. [Hinckley] [MiaLoveBook] Spotted: U. I now realize it’s not so much that I didn’t think he would run as that I didn’t and still don’t want him to run — and not because I’m a Democrat and think he’d be such a formidable opponent.

The reason I don’t want Romney to run is that I think he’s a decent and in some ways admirable man — and if he runs he’s likely to make an utter fool of himself. It’s an experience that will always hold a very special place in my heart, but I wouldn’t put myself or my family through it again for anything in the world. I was teaching political science at Brigham Young University and living in Salt Lake City back in the late 1990s when Romney swooped into town to galvanize the foundering organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Police say this is a prime spot for drug dealers, many with connections to Honduran and Mexican drug cartels. [Trib] -> In the wake of multiple deadly police shootings in the nation and the state, Lawmakers met with local police officials Tuesday to ask questions about police use of deadly force.

Like many of my Mormon students at BYU, he was a little too earnest for my taste, but like the best of those students, he was impressive — exuding ambition, confidence, and competence. Gary Herbert attends a seminar for newly elected county attorneys in the morning and joins Mitt Romney at Abravanel Hall in the evening for “An Evening with Mitt Romney.” SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends a press conference for Mayors for Parks, engagement for Summer Jobs and Long-Term Youth Employment and attends a housing committee and discussion of White House Task Force energy recommendations. Having my hypothetical abortion discussed on television and in newspapers because of my father’s response to a reporter’s question about what he would do if I became pregnant. A former prosecutor and since 2010, Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has a reputation for aggressive, plain-speaking charisma (his town hall meetings are always interesting). Moreover, popular with establishment Republicans for his pro-business pragmatism, his reforms to New Jersey’s bankrupt pension system have won him plaudits.

Third, demonstrate domestic-policy accomplishment by touting how he’d engineered and instituted a sweeping health care reform plan in Massachusetts that had made coverage nearly universal in the state. The first two campaign planks didn’t appeal to me at all — indeed, I’d taken an early swipe at Romney on the religion question in a January 2007 cover story for The New Republic — but the last one sounded impressively pragmatic and reformist to me.

A Harvard Law educated Senator from Texas, and hawkish on everything from foreign policy to immigration, Ted Cruz is the favorite of Tea Party conservatives. Your clothes, your more colorful extended family members, the way you talk, if you’re too edgy, if you aren’t edgy enough, what music you listen to, where you live, who you hang out with.

While some Republicans believe Cruz is a self-serving ideologue, there’s no question that he represents a large swathe of the GOP base who despise compromise. But imposed on the country as a whole as Obama and the Democratic Congress had done in 2010 — well, that’s nothing less than the End of Freedom in America. Aside from its absurdity, the strategy left Romney with very little to talk about besides how much he loved America, and how his experience as a venture capitalist taught him how to create jobs. This runs counter to the arguments of people who are part of that base who claim, on a regular basis, that “the American people” are yearning for a hard-right conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan, not the Ronald Reagan who was actually president, mind you, but the myth that conservatives have created of a Ronald Reagan who governed to the hard right, never compromised, and provided the GOP with all it needs to know about how to win elections and govern, even in an era of divided government. What voters were left with was a unified portrait of a man seemingly fixated on wealth and his own personal, nearly miraculous powers of job-creation.

An underdog for sure, but amidst the rise of Isil (Giuliani’s time as New York Mayor earned him strong counter-terrorism credentials) and the GOP’s pursuit of a candidate who can win independent voters, Giuliani may consider another run. His successor came up short — and the economy has since rebounded more quickly and more strongly than even he himself had predicted for his own presidency.

Looking back through recent history, the Republican Party typically doesn’t end up nominating “maverick” candidates in the sense of picking the candidate that appeals most to the base. A national security hawk close to John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham has stated he might enter his name in order to bring attention to foreign policy issues. In the era before primaries controlled the process, of course, this was largely due to the influence of party bosses and insiders in picking the nominees, but if anything the primary system has made the likelihood that the eventual GOP nominee will come from the “establishment” even more likely. A Baptist minister and former Governor of Arkansas (where Bill Clinton was also Governor), Mike Huckabee ended his Fox News show this weekend to consider a Presidential run.

It is not just a rejection of your personal beliefs on the direction of your country that your parent personifies, it is a rejection of your entire family unit. This is how candidates like McCain and Romney were able to hold off challenges from the right and win the nomination, and it’s likely to have a similar impact on the race in 2016 as well.

When you believe in someone you love, and believe that they can change history and make your country a stronger, better place, it trumps everything else. Although he trails behind other 2016 hopefuls, as a young (43), conservative Indian-American, Jindal will try and build his popularity by appealing to the American dream.

Conservative columnist Ross Douthat touched on this core truth in a humorous tweet written a few days before writing a more polished (but less incisive) column on the once-and-future Romney. Romney 2028: Neo-reactionary.” One needn’t assume that Romney will drift ever-further rightward to recognize the reality captured here — namely, that the substance of the man is protean, fluid, in flux. One of a growing field of female Republican leaders, the New Mexico Governor is popular with minorities and female voters, and was recently re-elected in a state where President Obama defeated Mitt Romney by ten points. Especially given that this time will most likely be harder than the last, not easier, and a lot of people in the party are looking for new, fresh blood to inspire voters. Having proven that Republicans can be competitive in Democratic states, Martinez makes a tempting candidate for conservatives wary about being outmaneuvered by Hillary Clinton.

Although he hasn’t been on the national media radar for the past few years, as a moderate Republican, he may feel he could take advantage of inevitable splits among primary voters. As The New York Times recently noted, relying on unnamed “advisers,” Ann “believes deeply that her husband owes it to the country to take a serious look at running a third time.” No, actually Ann, he doesn’t owe us anything at all. But where Ron struggled to escape his reputation as an unpredictable outsider, Rand has joined his moderate libertarianism to more traditional positions in areas like foreign policy. While many Republicans believe Romney’s time has come and gone (I’m frequently told he’s ‘a loser’), Romney is dropping major hints that he’s about to run for a third time.

Rick Santorum is already a favourite of social conservatives, but since 2012 he has worked hard to cultivate the image of a Republican economic populist. Though Santorum is very unlikely to win the GOP nomination, if he does run, he’ll challenge the growing libertarian sentiments espoused by Rand Paul.

Still, Republican leaders will hope he doesn’t enter the race: they’ll worry that his inclusion would turn Republican primary debates into a circus.

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