Friday, December 21, 2007
Another Great Day for the Romney Campaign
Two big news items of the day:
1. Romney is leading in Michigan!
2. Tom Tancredo Endorses Mitt!
I don't have to tell you how big these things are. Tancredo's endorsement cements Mitt as the leading candidate in favor of protecting our borders, and putting a stop to illegal immigration. Michigan is going to be a key state for winning the nomination, and being on top in Michigan is essential for Romney. In my opinion, it is a must win state for him.
The discussion that followed on Hotair.com had a lot of bloggers suggesting that Tom Tancredo had been assured a cabinet position for his endorsement. People tend to make these wild type of allegations for reasons I'm not sure of, and I really can't think of other examples where people have been given positions for endorsements. Can anyone name a Bush cabinet member who ran against him for the presidency and then endorsed him and now works at the White House? I can't either.
Anyways, it did get me thinking about what the Romney administration might look like given Romney's remarks about how he would evaluate potential cabinet members, "I would choose people based on their merits... I'm open to having people of any faith, ethnic group. But they would be selected based on their capacity and capabilities and what they could bring to the Administration."
It is within that spirit that I would like to propose some key members of the Romney Administration:
Vice President: JC Watts
Besides winning our Vice Presidential poll question 3 times, there are many reasons for the Romney-Watts ticket. In the classical political sense, Watts helps Romney get votes he otherwise wouldn't get. Watts allows Mitt to run with a former Baptist preacher (not named Huckabee), and gives him a running mate with rock solid conservative credentials. He also brings in what is likely to be an unprecedented percentage of the black vote for the GOP, forcing the Dems to spend money in places they otherwise wouldn't have to. After he's in office JC would be the natural person to put in charge of Romney's education reform policies that include: school choice vouchers, more testing, and more emphasis on math and science.
Director of Homeland Security : Tom Tancredo
Tom guarantees that Mitt Romney's 3 part plan to address immigration will go into effect. 1. The Border Fence 2. Employee Verification System and fines for employers who hire illegals 3. Putting an end to "sanctuary cities". We all know Tancredo would be the man to make sure that Mitt's plan gets implemented, and by putting Tom incharge he would show the Congress that the new administration means business.
Attorney General: Rudy Giuliani
Giuliani would be a solid choice here, he is popular and has a record of fighting crime and has given us some really tough talk on fighting terrorism. Rudy has a record of accomplishments when it comes to fighting crime, both as a US Attorney and as Mayor of New York. He has taken on the Mafia and won, he is the guy we want in charge of stopping terrorists in this country. There should be no hard feelings here if Romney wins, Rudy should be given this job - and all the credit he deserves.
Secretary of State: John Bolton
Dispite the main stream media's attempt to smear Bolton, he is still hugely popular among conservatives, and is one of the few diplomats with a record of getting results. He has a powerful record of standing up to the worst of the UN's offensive dictators, and just getting the job done.
Secretary of Defense: Duncan Hunter
A Vietnam veteran and Army Ranger, Hunter has served on the House Armed Services Committee for the last 27 years. He is also the author of the Secure Fence act, and has a son who recently returned from a couple of tours of Iraq and is U.S. Marine. No more stupid questions from the media to the Defense Secretary about "would you send your son to Fallajuh?" They would already know the answer.
Of course, John McCain plays a big part in this too. His leadership in the Senate is going to be absolutely critical in ensuring that these people can get appointed. Politics is hard work, but I'm not aware of any bad blood existing between McCain and Romney like there was between McCain and Bush. Let's hope they can bury the hatchet and move forward doing what is best for America by speaking in a united voice.
The next administration is going to need forceful bold leadership, and not just from the President, but from all parts of the government. We face difficult challenges, and now is the time for leaders who will clearly define the issues and get to the meat of the matter. Remember that Bush was always trying to reach across the isle and work with the Democrats, the only problem was every time he reached across they bit his hand. Even going as far as to say he sent servicemen into war so they could "get their heads blown off for the President's amusement."
This would be the type of administration, that Republicans and Conservatives would really rally around - this group would fire up the base, and inspire the country. That's what this party needs, and what this country needs. A team we can get behind and root for.
If Romney is smart he will put together the best conservatives have to offer for his administration, after all as Ronald Reagan said, "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."
Posted by Jonathan Colton at 1:37 AM