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Governors Take Power as Balance Shifts Inside GOP

inkling_revival Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 10:55 AM
Nullify, it's a bad idea to tell people "You... have no idea what a conservative is" if you, yourself, are less than accurate regarding what a conservative is. Ron Paul is not a conservative, he is a reflexive Libertarian. That is not the same thing. Conservatives stand for a strong national defense. Paul stood for inappropriate isolationism. I advocated Newt Gingrich in the primary, but voted for Rick Santorum because Gingrich imploded in Florida. Either would be more acceptable to conservatives than Ron Paul.

With Mitt Romney's defeat and the loss of Republican seats in both House and Senate, the balance of power in the GOP has shifted. Republican governors -- the one group that actually increased its numbers on Nov. 6 -- believe they should take a bigger and more influential role in establishing the party's direction.

At their annual meeting in Las Vegas last week, Republican governors were quick to point out that they now preside in 30 states, with a population of about 180 million people. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter sat down to make a little chart and quickly discovered that if...