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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Romney Must Convince Conservatives He's Not A David Brooks Republican

Rick Santorum’s sweep of three nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on February 6 shows that Mitt Romney has not convinced the base that he is conservative. They fear Romney is a Moderate Republican dressed in sheep’s clothing for the primaries. Conservatives and Tea Party activists worry that Romney is a David Brooks Republican. (Brooks is the New York Times’ token Republican columnist).
Just a few lines from Brook’s Times article Flood the Zone illustrate the vast gap between moderate Republicans and conservatives.

In his piece, Brooks criticizes Obama’s one-size-fits-all approach to poverty. Brooks argues in favor of a broad range of private and public solutions that include churches, Boy and Girl Scouts, evangelical and Muslim charitable organizations, to name just a few. Only by “flooding the zone” with all kinds of programs, can we find effective solutions.


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