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Governors Take Power as Balance Shifts Inside GOP

RedRum Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 9:51 AM
The GOP governors should lead the party. In fact, some of them should have stepped up and ran for the presidential nomination in '08. Although Romney would have made a far superior President than Obama, he was not a good campaigner and was almost uniquely unqualified given the contrived narrative Dems had been pushing since mid-2011 (that rich Wall St. types were to blame for every ill on earth since the dawn of time). And as York noted, there were too many unforced errors by Romney that played into the narrative and gave the media liberals additional ammunition to attack. The party had better learn lessons from 2012. If not, they will squander opportunities that could be ripe in 2014 (taking the Senate) and 2016 (taking back the WH).

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...