Grover Nordquist: Romney Will Be a Passive President Who Will Do as He's Told by Congressional Conservatives.
In a speech he made at CPAC this year, Grover Nordquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you usually hear only whispered by other conservative leaders. It appears Republicans have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as an essentially weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:
"All we have to do is replace Obama . . . . We are not auditioning for fearless
leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan Budget. . . . We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate."
The requirement for president?
"Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared."
While conservative Americans are buying the line that Romney is "the leader we need", congressional Republicans are planning on a President who will simply rubber stamp everything they want and stay out of their way.
While I learned of Nordquist's comments just yesterday, I always knew this was the plan: With Romney, conservatives get a leader in name only, a figurehead they can prop into the back seat of the car so they can get it in the HOV lane, with Congressional Republicans doing the driving.
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