How are reform governors shaping the GOP?
What is party identity in 2012?
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- Date Aug 28, 2012
What is party identity in 2012?
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Was that Republican National Convention kicks into high gear today an interesting column caught RI in the Wall Street Journal.
A columnist -- -- saw.
And says to understand today's Republican Party you really have to look at the statehouses.
And reformist governors like Chris Christie New Jersey Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Mitch Daniels in Indiana.
-- -- their agendas as -- vanguard if you will of the far reaching policy reforms.
The governor Mitt Romney and congressman Ryan want to bring to the national arena.
Let's bring in Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley strap so with more on net so -- really the question of identity is what we're really talking about today identity of the GOP as -- start.
This convention what is that -- -- Indians when he twelve why do you see these governor -- as key to that identity.
Again that conventions are fundamentally about a party telling a story.
They're saying here's who we are in here -- what we want to do in this convention is unusual in that you have this extraordinary.
Crop of GOP governors who are actually out there doing.
A lot of the things on on a state level that governor Romney and Paul Ryan have been talking about doing too.
The federal government so they've been cutting budgets they've been rationalizing services they've been looking at entitlement programs they've been.
Trying to overhaul education and they've done it very successfully at their state level.
So it was interesting see ground is gave -- -- talk a little bit about Governor Walker.
And what it thinks he says as of right now Governor -- the budget looks good job growth is a look.
Quite as good according to this is his -- we have we should mention governor Walker's been knocked that in office is a short amount of time.
But what about the timing on neck and is it a little bit too early to say.
-- governors that have been an office is one or two years are really good seat gain for the party overall.
Still because I do you think you are seeing the way that these reforms are translating on the ground it.
Scott Walker is -- -- excellent example of let's look one of the biggest problems with the federal government faces going forward.
That we may not be able to pay people are talking about that.
And a federal level in terms of Medicare Social Security but the states have their own version of this.
And in particular they are.
Public sector union benefits and health care costs and pension liability -- what Scott Walker -- -- in in limiting collective bargaining in his state.
Also asking some of his public sector workers.
Contribute something to their health care premiums something to their pensions when he is and he is now saved.
Wisconsin taxpayers a billion dollars already he close to three point six billion dollar gap.
This is really important to the fiscal sanity of Wisconsin and other states and it's an example of the sort of things that would which is worse than they he has done it they could be translated to the fact.
The government so it in your opinion in -- -- he mentioned these governors are in error providing almost a role model if you will.
To what could have been at the federal level.
We were gonna see -- DNC obviously next week that's going to be the big convention for next week what do you think is the -- if you well.
For the Democrats as they look into what is their identity in 2012 and what the next couple years.
-- be nice if we actually found that out and I think one of the more remarkable aspects of this campaign as we haven't permit.
You know you go back to when George W.
Bush was running for reelection.
He was out there talking about some of the great big plans that he had for a second term.
Agenda they didn't all materialized and -- that he -- that they're talking about Social Security reform means checking -- immigration reform.
Generally seen -- with the president Barack Obama.
He has spent most of his time attacking his opponent Mitt Romney saying what he thinks Americans should fear about around new president we haven't heard much from him I think there are some -- -- of what he would do.
There isn't a high possibility that we may once again have divided government in Washington even after this election.
One thing that Obama has done very well.
Is would take over a lot of these regulatory bodies -- use them as a stand in for legislation that he can't get -- something you see all the work by the EPA and other agencies -- probably -- that expanded in a second Obama term -- terms of big legislation we just don't know.
I'll be -- -- give us some gonna talk about next week.
When we do hear some more specifics possibly at the I think convention of course the Obama team probably takes issue with that -- -- There's a lot out there already so a lot to talk about today an otherwise can always nice to have you on the program thanks for the time today thank you.