Blakeman: Time for GOP to Unite Against ‘Ultimate Foe’

Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012 12:20 AM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Mitt Romney’s hat trick of victories in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia may signal that it is time for the Republican Party to unite against the “ultimate foe” and get behind front-runner Mitt Romney, insists GOP political strategist Bradley Blakeman.

“Let’s gear up to take down Obama,” declared Blakeman in an exclusive interview Tuesday night. “He’s the ultimate foe. Let’s unite the party. Let’s raise money. Let’s get our message honed. Let’s get ready for an Obama defeat on Obamacare and offer an alternative. And let’s set our sights on beating President Obama.”

While acknowledging that there are still divisions in the party, Blakeman said conservative voters must “get on the train because the train has left the station and you don’t want to be left behind — and you don’t want Obama to win by default because we’re not able to get ourselves together.”

Romney, while not a perfect candidate for all voters, is by far preferable to Obama, according to Blakeman., who serves as a professor of public policy, politics and international affairs at Georgetown University and appears regularly on Fox News.

“I think if Romney picks a conservative vice president who has got bonafides that are not assailable then that goes a long way to putting a ticket together that conservatives should be very happy with,” explained Blakeman, who is also a Newsmax contributor.

He said that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would have to win not only his home state of Pennsylvania on April 24, but also 70 percent of the remaining winner-take-all states to have a chance at the nomination.

“I just don’t see that happening,” said Blakeman, who served as a member of President George W. Bush’s senior staff. “I mean he’s just lost three states in a row. And he didn’t qualify in the District of Columbia where, as president, that’s going to be your residence. It’s unfathomable to me that he wasn’t able to qualify in the District of Columbia.”

He also pointed to Romney’s victories in important battleground states like Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin as evidence of his electability against Obama.

“In order for a Republican to beat an incumbent president you have to be where the American people are,” added Blakeman. “Where are the American people? Just right of center. They’re not far right. And Romney certainly is a conservative Republican candidate who is able to attract independents and Reagan Democrats in order to defeat an incumbent president.”

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