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The men from Hope

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In a column on the lack of strong conservatives among Republican presidential candidates, Fox commentator Susan Estrich mentions the governors from Hope, Ark.

If the conservatives dominate the Republican party, why can’t they come up with a candidate to run for president, even two years out?

I know, there’s that long shot governor from Arkansas with a story to tell (in the Republican’s case, the story is about losing weight, I kid you not), but any comparisons to my former governor of Arkansas are vastly overstated.

After all, Bill Clinton was hardly an unknown, as Mike Huckabee is, when he ran in 1992; Clinton had been the “boy wonder” of politics for decades at that point; had been a much talked about potential candidate already in 1988; had a national network of supporters dating back from his own days as an organizer for McGovern in 1972; was one of the founders of the Democratic Leadership Council; in other words, was already a national figure. Not so the current Arkansas governor.

Which leaves one of my favorite Republicans, the governor of my home State, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney is a conservative, but he is a Mormon conservative.

Will Southern Baptists vote for a Mormon for president? That’s what I keep asking. And the answers I get are mixed, to say the least.

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