Watching some of the coverage of the Republican Governors Association convention I wondered if somewhere in that mix we were seeing the next leader of the Republican Party.
Seeing the current rising stars, Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal, Charlie Crist and, of course, Sarah Palin, I began to wonder. Jindal is very bright, well educated and a son of immigrants. Tim Pawlenty is popular and squeaky clean. Charlie Crist is Florida handsome, personable and willing to stand up to his party when he disagrees philosophically. Sarah Palin is pretty and a rock star.
Then there’s former Governors Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. And there’s never-a-governor Newt Gingrich.
All of these people, to some degree, suffer the same problem of being associated with the current Republican Party.
Second stringers Mitch Daniels and Mark Sanford are different. Both are very bright and well educated. Neither are hyper-partisan. Most importantly both are fiscal conservatives and have a considerable understanding of finance. They remind me of the fiscal conservatism that seems to have been forgotten by the Republican Party for the last 50 years.
I’d put my money on Daniels and Sanford.