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Now that McCain is gone from the national scene, who will be the titular (and actual) head of the Republican Party? Several names have been mentioned including Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. I am sure that others will emerge over the next months but the Republicans need to act quickly in response to the rapid dismantling of the country promised by the new regime.

On a theoretical basis I love Fred Thompson BUT he showed little stomach for the presidential primaries. Can he lead and can he provide ideas and attract a following? Mitt Romney has all of the qualifications and experience but does he want it? Newt has been consistant in his conservative philosophy and has remained relevant (Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less)and engaged. He also has the best history of creating enthusiasm for bold new ideas such as the Contract With America.

Remember, this is the head of the party, not necessarily the next presidential candidate. Who do you like?
 

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The conservatives of the republican party need to have another "contract with America".

hey'll need to include sound policies, and dig themselves into the dirt and stand their ground.

1-Immigration

2-restructure the whole tax system

3- Fair Trade....not free trade

4-Lower tuition costs...not by subsidizing students, but by attacking the liberal institutions themselves.

5-Look into the obscene profits in the healthcare industry...particularly the insurance companies. My observations...have you seen the size of these insurance buildings? and the wages the execs receive? I believe there should be a panel, similar to the public utilities, to oversee the gouging.

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/12/Insurance_Rank_1.html

6-Eliminate aid to those countries that vote at the UN less than 50% of the time in favor of the US.

7-Take over the Repubican campaign funds and refuse any money to the RINOs that refuse to sign and honor the contract.
 

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...and these would be good policies for the Dems to follow to help this nation, or for that matter, any leaders/party with common sense. A thinking person's list.
 

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I'm glad I'm not alone. I believe that what all of you have said is a start. We must also look at healthcare costs (and other costs as well) for the huge part that the lawyers play in their scalation. Look at John "The Haircut" Edwards, who became a rich man through obscene jury awards for his junk science. TORT REFORM - real reforma instituted by the people not by the lawyers.

ps I also favor Newt, mostly for his ideas as well as his ideals.
 

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Chango,

Gun Dr's list sounds like "Country First". That is the way we need to have people think and behave. In point of fact, I think that freedom with corresponding responsibilty should be the way we behave and what we cherish most.

In this last election, the economy came first to many people; "security" came somewhere down the line. Can you imagine that some people don't realize that without security NOTHING matters because we can cease to exist as a nation? Then the "economy" will be what someone else dictates.
 

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Newt was on Sean Hannity's Radio show yesterday and indicated he was not interested in leading the GOP, but he did strongly suggest he is contenplating a run for President in 2012.
 

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1. Newt

2. Mike Huckabee - might have to leave his new show on FNC and probably wouldn't

3. Sarah!

Fred had his chance and was too lazy...but great speech at the Convention


If Romney has any play now or in the future, we loose.

IMO,

milt
 

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Newt has too much personal baggage to be a presidential candidate. The media would tear him apart. He would be a great party head, however. He has twice the brains of anybody the democrats can put up.

Mitt Romney has the talent, charisma, money raising ability and skills. The LDS thing may be a hinderance, but he can overcome that. Fred is a rock solid conservative, but he lacks the fire in his belly. Perhaps Attorny General, or U.N. Ambassador.

We need to look at some fresh faces.Tim Pawlenty,Micheal Steele,Rick Santorum,Bobby Jindal. We should keep Palin in the mix. I'd like to see her in Steven's Senate seat.It would be good for her resume, and good for us, too.

I'll stand with the GunDr. No RINO's!!!
 

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Newt

Obama was elected with all the personal baggage he has so a new standard should now be in place. Newt should breeze through with no problem.
 

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Newt, love to see it but it won't happpen. After that maybe Steele/Romney or Huccabee/Palin or Kasich/Jindal or any combination of above, lots of possibilities. Whoever ir is the media will slam them. Want to lower medical costs? get rid of the illegals who just suck the life's blood out of the system with all the free care. JRM
 

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Interesting discussion on Fox News last night. Steele as head of DNC and Newt as assistant (or what ever it is called). The theory is that Steele has the gonads to fight, he is black, and Newt is the brain with the ideas.
 

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One thing seems to be sure; there are a lot of fine people to chose from.

I also agree that we need to thin out the herd of RINOs. Arlan Spector was "saved" by Bush only to turn on him aat every opportunity. While I don't want to see a litmus test for Party membership, the Partyu should not support those who are clearly against what we stand for. For exampkle, good riddance to Chuck Hegel.

I also believe that the purse strings of the Party need to be closely controlled with financial support going to those who support Republican ideals. It has gotten so bad that I have not contributed to the Republican Party in years and my friends tell me the same. I have contributed to individual candidates but the performance of Republicans in Congress in recenmt years has turned me off.

ps I have seen the Hickabee show and have found him charming, witty and candid. He could be a factor. In fact, I like him more than I ever liked McCain. I can (and did) say that about many other Republicans prior to the election.
 
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