• GOP,  Rudy Giuliani,  Tim Pawlenty

    Rudy Giuliani and Tim Pawlenty – Republican Party 2.0

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani discusses the GOP with David Frum

    Rudy wants to nudge the social conservative issues to the background, not alienate voters and recapture the youth and suburban vote. Watch all of the video above to get his point.

    The problem with Rudy when he ran for President was his personal baggage with his marriages and Bernie Kerck.He would have won the GOP nomination against McCain even with HIS far more liberal positions on social issues.

    He is talking about returning to a “BIG TENT GOP.”

    After all, the GOP has lost all of the Northeast, Far West and now parts of the Midwest in the Electoral College. But, is the GOP willing to deemphasize social issues like abortion, stem cell research and gay marriage – even to win elections?

    Only, if the GOP is smart.

    A little different approach is found in this interview of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty is of a different generation than Rudy but is essentailly formulating the same “NEW IDEA” method to win back elections.

    Question: Back at the RGA meeting [last fall]], you talked about the party needed to get beyond Ronald Reagan. What do you mean by that? The RNC chairman candidates — all they really talk about is Reagan.

    Answer: Well, I think I said in my state of my state, but I can also say it about my own party: we can’t be so in love with the past that we miss the future.  And the world is changing very rapidly, and there’s a lot of technological change, demographic change, cultural change, and it’s all approaching us at a very rapid speed. And I think the Republican Party fondly remembers Ronald Reagan, and we should. He’s going to go down in history as one of the great presidents. Our challenge is to have the solutions of the 1980s not be the solutions that we have in 2008s.  .. A lot has happened since the 1980s. There’s been a lot of change. We can be true to those values and principles, but half of the country doesn’t remember Ronald Reagan very well. If you’re under 40, 35 years old, Ronald Reagan is kind of a foggy notion. All I’m saying is, yes, let’s celebrate that, let’s learn from that, let’s build on it, but let’s talk about new ideas, new leaders, for the future.

    The Republican Party is in dismal shape after the two terms of President George W. Bush. The Democrat Party enjoys super majorities in the Congress and now occupy the White House.

    Times, demographics and the culture is changing. The GOP can either morph into a competitive, outreaching, ideas driven collection of leaders or slink back into the irrelevancy of a generation of Democrat Party rule.

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  • John McCain,  Tim Pawlenty

    Jon McCain Watch: The Case for Tim Pawlenty as Vice President


    Senator John McCain and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

    With the long drawn out Obama announcement of his Vice President and the likelihood that he will choose Senator Evan Byah of Indiana, Flap has concluded that John McCain will choose Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota as his choice for Vice President.

    John makes the case about a “safe choice” for McCain and with today’s latest polls showing steady improvement in the polls, McCain does NOT need a blockbuster choice, like a Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge.

    John McCain will play it very safe and choose Pawlenty who conventional wisdom acknowledged and annointed months ago.

    Stay tuned……

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  • John McCain,  Mitt Romney,  Tim Pawlenty

    John McCain Watch: Pawlenty or Romney?


    John McCain’s choice for Vice President is a toss-up?

    Geraghty says informed sources indicate an announcement soon and it is either Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney.

    Judging from the activity on the blogs and MSM press it really could go either way. Lobbying activity is heavy for both candidates.

    McCain will be well served in making a sooner rather than later announcement.

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  • John McCain,  Tim Pawlenty

    John McCain Watch: Vice President to be Named This Week – Is it Tim Pawlenty?


    Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator John McCain

    Will John McCain make the “SAFE” choice and name Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty this week as his Vice President?

    It’s VP tea leaf reading season, and a Republican source who attended a small private meeting with John McCain Tuesday in New Hampshire tells CNN that the GOP candidate dropped a serious hint about Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

    The Republican source said “out of the blue” McCain told the gathering that he thinks they are “really going to like” Pawlenty.

    Flap thought originally that Pawlenty would be McCain’s choice but after seeing him on the stump do not think he is as dynamic as either Bobby Jindal or Sarah Palin.

    Flap characterizes Pawlenty as “milktoast” and really adds nothing to McCain’s campaign.

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  • John McCain,  President 2008,  Tim Pawlenty

    Tim Pawlenty Watch: RNC Anti-Obama Conference Call

    Tim Pawlenty

    Minnesota GOP Governor Tim Pawlenty

    The Republican National Committee has scheduled Minnesota Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty for a conference call regarding Barack Obama’s Minnesota appearance this evening.

    Pawlenty has been mentioned repeatedly as a Vice Presidential running mate with Senator John McCain. Flap thinks he WILL be McCain’s choice.

    And, yes he has already been to a BBQ at the McCain Sedona, Arizona ranch.

  • Bobby Jindal,  Fred Thompson,  Mitt Romney,  President 2008,  Rudy Giuliani,  Sarah Palin

    John McCain Watch: VP Sweepstakes – Crist, Jindal and Romney? Part Two – With VP Poll

    Mitt Romney, Charlie Crist and Bobby Jindal

    Vice President contenders? Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

    The “purely social”get together of Senator and presumptive GOP Presidential nominee John McCain at his Sedona, Arizona ranch Saturday with GOP leaders has “nothing whatsoever to do with the vice presidential selection process” according to Charlie Black, a key McCain campaign strategist.


    But, what is interesting is the emphasis (leak) now on Fox News that “other” perspective Vice President candidates have either ALREADY visited with McCain at the Hidden Valley Ranch, like Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty OR were invited this weekend and had other committments, like Mike Huckabee. Looks like the campaign was caught flat-footed on this “purely social” event.

    Others mentioned to attend the Memorial Day weekend BBQ include:

    • Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
    • Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas
    • Former e-Bay Chief Executive Meg Whitman
    • FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Frederick W. Smith

    Ok, so maybe this is a “meet and greet’ and not a serious series of interviews. But, what better way to create some “BUZZ” over the Vice Presidential sweepstakes and at the same time begin the pundit vetting of potential candidates – all on the cheap of an Arizona BBQ grill.

    So, Flap will go one step further and rip off this poll idea from Marc Ambinder except Flap will name names.

    Vote for John McCain’s Vice President:

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    John McCain Watch: VP Sweepstakes – Crist, Jindal and Romney?