You can tell a lot about politicians by the people around them, and that is especially true in presidential politics. Mr. Romney has already put together a stellar team of economic heavyweights who include:
*Vin Weber, who is chairman of Mr. Romney’s domestic policy board, in charge of providing him with a broad range of economic proposals and advisers.
c*Cesar Conda, a longtime economic policy and tax cut strategist on Capitol Hill, who was chief domestic policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and a key player in Republican tax cut battles of the last two decades.
*R. Glenn Hubbard, President Bush’s first chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, who was on the short list last year for Fed chairman. A staunch tax cutter, he has been a key consultant to the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System.
*N. Gregory Mankiw, a free market economist at Harvard who chaired Mr. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2003 to 2005, and has been an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office.
*John Cogan, a Hoover Institution economist who was one of President Bush’s 2000 campaign policy advisers and one of the architects of the Bush tax cut plan. He brings broad economic and budget expertise from a variety of key posts in the Reagan administration.
* Brian Reardon: A tax and budget policy adviser in the Bush White House, he helped put together the president’s 2003 plan to accelerate the tax cuts. He is now an economic consultant.
This is not only a hefty team that Mr. Weber is still building, but one that demonstrates Mr. Romney is attracting a prominent field of advisers around him who are committed Reaganite supply-siders.
Arizona Sen. John McCain has former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm and a few others advising him, though he still has to explain why he was one of only two Republican senators to vote against all the Bush tax rate cuts.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has not put together his economic team, though none of his campaign advisers are people who rallied to the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s.
As discussed at length in A Mormon In The White House, no one in the field, on either the Republican or Democratic side, can approach Romney’s credentials on understanding the economy and how it c an be kept growing both in overall productivity and also in crucial areas in which America must lead. The top rate team of advisors Romney has attracted is a testament to this.
Robert Bluey also notes the addition to Team Romney of Mindy Finn. (HT MyManMitt). The eCampaign matters a great deal esepcially in the front-loaded environment of 2008. Romney’s excellent run that began with the CPAC speech and straw poll and the Los Angeles Times’ “insider” survey continues.
I look forward to seeing the numbers on the $100, $50 and $25 contributors via the web site. That’s where the rightroots will manifest themselves.