“This is not about guns. This is about evil. Here at home, and evil abroad.”
No GOP candidate for president has yet used those words but I hope some and perhaps all of them will before a week or more passes. I do not fault any of them as they have waited on Governor Haley to make her declaration about the flag of the Confederacy that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina state house. Governor Haley’s actions and words Monday were powerful because they were not the consequence of demands made on her by her colleagues from other states, but because she, as the leader of a sovereign state, acted to do the right thing. In a federal system, this is the correct order of things, and the GOP candidates who waited on Governor Haley demonstrated the very sort of presidential leadership we should hope for come 2017 –one that recognizes the governors and their states as partners in a federal system, not errand-runners of a New Rome.
Now, though, the would-be presidents ought to heed Michael Gerson’s advice delivered on Face the Nation Sunday.
When I was asked to be on Sunday’s FTN panel, I had gladly accepted because the new host John Dickerson is a pro admired throughout media and especially because I have just put out a new book about Hillary Clinton and the GOP field, The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second “Clinton Era.” I of course hadn’t anticipated being part of a discussion on a national tragedy, one of the worst events of our country’s life since 9/11. Continue Reading