posted on August 30, 2012 07:24
They may be the Republican nominees, but Mitt Romney and Pat McCrory seem out of tune with the party in Tampa. That party loves the hard-edged, right-wing rhetoric of Paul Ryan and – before his bellyflop Tuesday night – Chris Christie.
The conventioneers celebrate Romney, but their hearts don’t seem to be in it. When he was there the other night, he didn’t seem to be in it either. Can he carry the tune tonight?
At bottom, Romney is a George H.W. Bush Republican. That’s where he’s from, that’s how he ran and governed in Massachusetts and that’s what he was until he realized he had to shed all that all skin to slither his way to the nomination.
McCrory seems to be a conventional North Carolina Jim Holshouser-Jim Martin-Richard Vinroot Republican. He kept his distance from Tampa. He occasionally makes moderate noises.
I know one prominent Republican conservative (not Carter) who scouted last year for a more conservative candidate for Governor.
Which raises the question: If they win, and if their party controls their respective legislative branches, how will they govern?