No Model

John Leopold continue his campaign to be anointed as the Republican Nominee for Governor in 2010 by calling urging the GOP to follow him:

Local government is at the cutting edge of bipartisan, pragmatic governance that improves people’s lives. In Anne Arundel County, we have built a model for governing in the 21st century that sets a standard for effective governing that should be reflected in our national party platform.

Leopold talks about a lot of the good things that the administration has done here in Anne Arundel County, with a heavy emphasis on public safety and immigration enforcement, two things that the entire GOP can rally around.

Of course, some of the things that Leopold supports and has supported in the past leave me nauseated at the concept that Leopold thinks anybody should use him as a model for the Republican Platform.

  • Does John Leopold still want to raise taxes and fees, as he has proposed to do half a dozen times since taking office?
  • Does John Leopold still support government-funded abortions, as he did as a legislator in Hawaii and as a former Director of Planned Parenthood?
  • Does John Leopold still oppose the small government model set forth by Ronald Reagan, as he did at the 1980 Republican National Convention?
  • Does John Leopold still support the energy rate hikes he voted for as a member of the General Assembly?

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If those are the things that John Leopold wants to do to the Republican Party, he can shove them where the sun don’t shine.

Squishy liberal Republicans are the cause of, not the cure for, Republican branding issues in the modern body politic. It is when politicians started acting more like Leopold, and less like small government conservatives, where the Republican Party went awry, as I have stated time and time again.

When it comes to the future of the Republican Party if John Leopold is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question…


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