The EFM Feature

From Opinion Journal:

Ed Rollins, the political strategist who is now Mr. Huckabee’s campaign chair, doesn’t mince words about what a Huckabee nomination would mean for the GOP. In talking with the New York Times’ political blog this weekend, Mr. Rollins said his candidate’s surge signified the passage into history of the old Reagan Coalition: “The breakup of what was the Reagan coalition — social conservatives, defense conservatives, anti-tax conservatives — it doesn’t mean a whole lot to people anymore… It’s gone.”
Mr. Rollins has some credibility here because he once worked for the Gipper as his White House political director. But he has taken a strange and winding political route since the 1980s, working for independent Ross Perot for president in 1992 and then for liberal Republicans Michael Huffington in California and Christine Todd Whitman in New Jersey.
Now Mr. Rollins appears almost eager to say good-bye to the formula that enabled Ronald Reagan to win two national elections by an average of 14 percentage points. “It is a time for a whole new coalition — that is the key,” he told the Times, adding that some part of the original three-legged stool that Mr. Reagan depended upon might “go by the wayside.”

Of course, for those who are less eager to throw away this important coalition, there’s a way to preserve it — in fact, only one way. Gov. Romney is the only candidate who represents all three legs of the Republican stool. That’s why military, fiscal, and moral conservatives need to rally behind the guy who can win in ’08 without sacrificing our historical roots.


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