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Boaz: Have Republicans Learned Their Lesson?

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Posted on February 19 2010 9:00 pm
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by David Boaz

On Wednesday, conservative leaders produced a long-awaited and closely held Mount Vernon Statement. Conservatives and politicos waited with bated breath, and then collectively said “is that it?” There’s nothing wrong with restating longstanding principles, but it didn’t seem to tell us much about “the state of conservatism.”

What did tell me something very disturbing about the state of conservatism was Mitt Romney’s speech at CPAC. It was a well-written and well-delivered speech, and I agreed with much of what I heard on C-SPAN Radio. But after all the talk about how Republicans have learned their lessons, how they know that they went badly awry during the Bush-Hastert-DeLay years, Romney drew cheers for saying, “I am convinced that history will judge President Bush far more kindly—he pulled us from a deepening recession following the attack of 9-11, he overcame teachers unions to test school children and evaluate schools, he took down the Taliban, waged a war against the jihadists and was not afraid to call it what it is—a war, and he kept us safe.” And then he drew wild, foot-stomping cheers for going on: “I respect his silence even in the face of the assaults on his record that come from this administration. But at the same time, I also respect the loyalty and indefatigable defense of truth that comes from our “I don’t give a damn” Vice President Dick Cheney!”

Read the whole thing, via Instapundit.

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