Romney for Chairman?

Mitt Romney will get his domestic vision from a committee. Former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent will “oversee all domestic policy development for Romney’s campaign.” What? We don’t get Mitt’s vision?

The same AP compilation quotes Romney on healthcare: "I can't guarantee my state will get it right every single step, but one state out there is going to get it right, and when we see it's working in one of the states, we'll be able to adopt it nationally." I was OK with the first half of this statement suggesting that many states trying different approaches would yield a good result. But then, "we'll be able to adopt it nationally??" What ever happened to "the government that governs best, governs least?"

The practical art of governance may include committees out the wazoo, and consensus to the lowest common denominator, but I want a candidate to share HIS view, not a committee's. And the United States is not just a mega-Massachusetts to be governed with a similar approach, just a bigger scale.

I don’t hear any of the "frontrunners" talking about the traditional conservative view of restrained governance. I'm feeling pretty lonely on this issue.

Michael Smith, Republican Candidate for President

Posted by Michael Smith at February 2, 2007 12:23 PM
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Comment #206341

Congrats on your run for President, Michael. Have you done this before?

BTW, Chuck Hagel is just about the last traditional conservative left in the Republican Party. I don’t understand why you righties are giving him such a hard time for hewing to a conservative foreign policy.

The idea of actively spreading Democracy and freedom throughout the world is way out in looney left field. Sen. Hagel’s consistent criticism of President Bush’s policy is rooted squarely in traditional conservatism — only expend money and power where it’s directly in our national interest to do so.

Posted by: American Pundit at February 2, 2007 12:44 PM
Comment #206342

Not sure what your point is.

Is it that you are feeling lonely, “the traditional conservative view of restrained governance”, or about candidates who are willing to have others help them craft the details of their agenda?

Posted by: Don at February 2, 2007 12:47 PM
Comment #206351

Don, My point: I want to see a Republican candidate who adheres to the Party’s professed principles of respect for individual accountability, smaller less intrusive government, and personal liberty. And I want some confidence that his views are profoundly held, not just a passing “position” developed by committee or market research.

American Pundit, I haven’t done this before, but I’ve been at this over a year now. I agree that Hagel would add a lot to the race.

Posted by: Michael Smith at February 2, 2007 1:16 PM
Comment #206375

Michael,

You want a candidate who has his own views as long as they adhere to your party’s professed views?

I want a candidate who is fundamentally a pragmatist, who knows that ideology is often just a form of blindness.

Posted by: Trent at February 2, 2007 3:10 PM
Comment #206378

Trent, Fair enough. Some pragmatism is needed once elected - but in a candidate I want to know their vision of the “ideal.” Leadership implies goals, committment, and a certain amount of passion. I can’t see that coming from a focus group, except in a phoney corporate sort of way.

Posted by: Michael Smith at February 2, 2007 3:22 PM
Comment #206382

Michael Smith

I want a Republican candidate who will get rid of all the agencies and departments not authorized by the United States Constitution. For instance, agriculture, education, housing, OSHA, and a whole lot more. The money saved could go on our national debt. Those bureaus should be run by the individual states, the a federal government.

Chuck Hagel a conservative? I gues one has to define what a conservative is.

Posted by: tomh at February 2, 2007 4:02 PM
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Michael
Governmment restraint is a thing of the past. It just aint gonns happen with either of the major parties in control of Congress or in the White House.

What ever happened to “the government that governs best, governs least?”>/blockquote>

That’s 1700s thinking. Don’t ya know that today it’s the government that governs best, governs the most? Just ask any of the mainline politicians, they’ll tell ya.

Just looked at your web link. Do the traditional Republicans a favor and just call yourself what you are. A Liberal Republican.

Posted by: Ron Brown at February 2, 2007 4:13 PM
Comment #206402

Jim Talent? That excludes about 65% of the population from electing Romney despite his versatility to flip flop for whatever constituency he needs votes from.

Posted by: David R. Remer at February 2, 2007 6:18 PM
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