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A similar formula worked for Mitt Romney in 2002. He ran to the right of Shannon O’Brien on taxes, spending, capital punishment and — although he was pro-choice — even abortion. Romney scored the fourth consecutive GOP gubernatorial win.
Here our happy tale may come to a sad end. Romney isn’t running for reelection. The GOP coalition is fractured, with former Republican Christy Mihos running as an independent. Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey is trying to run on the familiar platform, but her personal qualities make her a poor fit for Ed King Democrats. The polls show Massachusetts ready to elect Deval Patrick, a Dukakis liberal, to the governorship by a landslide margin.
The issues that appeal to Democrats and independents who pulled the GOP lever in the last four governor’s contests are still there, and Bay State conservatives have survived rough patches before. It would be easier to be optimistic, however, if there were signs of effective leaders waiting in the wings.
Ed King died a Republican. It doesn’t look like he’ll be the Massachusetts party’s only loss.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?