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Romney and the Anti-Establishmentarians

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Mitt Romney’s powerful win in Nevada —certain despite the fiasco of the counting— combined with his likely triumph in Colorado will mean that he has won the four of five contests in Red-States-That-Turned-Blue-2012 –New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada and Colorado– and essentially tied in the other one, Iowa. Romney is also leading in Ohio where, as I argue below, GOP nominees go to get elected. So Romney is the prohibitive favorite to be the GOP nominee.

What should he do about his critics that call him the “Establishment’s choice?”

First, read them, like Kurt Schlicter, whose piece at Big Government nicely summarize the mindset of the GOP anti-Establishmentarians.

Second, say nothing about Newt. Even his friends are writing in the past tense, and Saturday night’s presser was another disaster for the former Speaker.

Third, pick up the issue of the president’s assault on the Roman Catholic church, and use it not only to reaffirm your commitment to religious freedom but to demonstrate that you are aware of how much damage must be undone via executive order on day one.

Finally, everyone is aware of the president’s slashing of the Department of Defense, and now is the time to stay on message about your commitment to the military. It won’t be long until MSM tries to trap you into refighting the Afghan and Iraq campaigns, but what is crucial is that you refuse that fight and insist on saying the obvious: That whatever arguments have occurred in the past, we can agree that these cuts imperil the nation’s security, that we need a 313 ship Navy and a robust Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, and that you will assure their budgets remain adequate to the tasks assigned them, which are difficult, many and increasing.

There’s a slice of the anti-Establishmentarians who are isolationists, but it is a very small slice. A focus on national security brings the party back together and quickly.

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