Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, has a new television commercial in which he says, bluntly, that Republicans can not act like Democrats and that when Republicans do, America loses.
The ad is on the Romney for President web site http://mittromney.com, and it is going to be running in the first caucus state of Iowa and the first primary state of New Hampshire.
It is important because Mr. Romney does two very important things.
First, Mr. Romney is making the case that the Republican party is moving in the disastrous direction of becoming Democrat lite. Remember, given the choice between genuine Democrat and a pseudo-Democrat lite, the voters will almost always choose the Democrat. Why vote for a little when you can have the real thing? Also, remember how wonderful and successful the Republican party was in the 1960's?
Second, Mr. Romney also makes the case that the Republican party has to move back to first principles. It is what gave the Republican party the control on congress in 1994, having a firm set of principles and running and for a time governing in that way. Mr. Romney also makes the case that it will take someone outside of Washington to clean up the Republican party and government in general.
That is what is attractive about Mr. Romney and to many Republicans, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. They are both Washington outsiders.
And, in another post, I will wonder why the buzz over former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson, who like is friend Sen. John "F--- You" McCain (R-Ariz) a member of the Washington Club.
But, it is Mr. Romney who has taken on the bad Republicans in Washington and yes, even President Bush, who has made some stumbles in the second term that former presidents Ronald Reagan and William Jefferson Blythe Clinton also made.
When the other so-called top tier Republican candidates take on the corruption in Washington, they can be taken as serious Republicans. Until then, Mitt Romney is the gutsiest of the field at this point.