Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich will be in Dover on Sunday, Jan. 22 for a book signing at Dover Downs, and TSD caught up with him to talk about his current activities, the presidential campaign and his book.
TOWN SQUARE DELAWARE: What are you up to these days?
BOB EHRLICH: My recent activities include:
TSD: How difficult has it gotten to elect Republicans in the northeast today?
BE: The Northeast is quite difficult for the GOP. The base religious conservatives are a smaller percentage of the party in New England, but a strong libertarian streak in the party will be a benefit north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
TSD: What’s your take on the GOP presidential primary so far?
BE: Romney has shown sustained support. He has been the frontrunner from Day One. By any measure, he is a right of center leader with the right skill set to lead the country.
TSD: Mitt Romney, who you’ve endorsed and are helping, is under heavy attack right now in South Carolina for everything from his time at Bain Capital to his healthcare plan. Is it better that he face these attacks now to better prepare him for the general election, or is it a damaging violation of Reagan’s 11th Commandment that will cause more harm than good?
BE: Regarding the messy preliminaries, it is our process. The difficulties encountered always make for a better general election candidate.
TSD: You’re coming to Dover Downs this weekend to promote your book, “Turn This Car Around.” Tell us a bit about that.
BE: Regarding my book, the publisher informed us last week that it will go to a second printing. We are pleased with the interest level and excitement around “Turn this Car Around”. We look forward to Sunday, too. We hope that many will join us at Dover Downs for football, food, politics and a really good book.
More about “Turn This Car Around”:
Turn This Car Around is a blunt collection of dispatches from America’s culture wars, retold by a former state legislator, congressman, and governor who fought on the front lines. Bob Ehrlich, who defeated the storied Kennedy machine to become Maryland’s first Republican governor in a generation, recounts the contentious battles he waged in the most liberal state in America.
Whether engaging in high-profile battles against the media establishment over freedom of the press, or confronting the liberal establishment on race-baiting and unchecked celebrity, Turn This Car Around details how Governor Ehrlich confronted the left’s most cherished sacred cows–with no apologies required.
And not just politically correct lefties come in for criticism, either. Ehrlich repeatedly takes on the GOP on issues ranging from criminal justice reform, to medical marijuana, to its often too cozy relationship with big business.
Ehrlich’s work is a roadmap in support of a libertarian influenced, long-term GOP majority ready, willing, and able to make America better–and establishments of all flavors better watch out. The roadmap includes tactical positions required to mitigate the cultural impact of America’s influential left-wing institutions-major television networks, big city newspapers, organized labor, trial lawyers, and Hollywood.
At the center of Turn This Car Around is Ehrlich’s core principle for conservatives of all stripes-”never back down when you know you’re right.” The admonition carries particular significance in the context of Ehrlich’s high profile conflicts with the likes of The Baltimore Sun, advocates of illegal immigration, teachers unions, gay marriage advocates, and the African-American political establishment.
The lesson here is rather simple: whenever confronted with rabid politically correct bullies–fight and stand your ground. Don’t show weakness and don’t back down when the mainstream media castigates you for saying and doing the common sense thing. Sooner rather than later, the storm will pass because common sense always wins out over political correctness.
Win or lose, Ehrlich seeks to define the political high ground on the leading economic and social issues of the day. Tea partiers, libertarians, social conservatives, and political independents will find this collection of anecdotes interesting and enlightening. Ehrlich’s positions are common sense stuff spiced with a veteran politician’s pragmatic touch. The opinions articulated here will define the issues environment of the 2012 presidential campaign and act as a blueprint for a long term conservative strategy directed at the hearts and minds of the average American.
Anyone interested in the next presidential campaign should read this book. Anyone interested in American politics beyond the next election cycle must read this book.