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The Chicago Tribune writes of today’s additions to the campaign’s Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts:

“A far as legal-brained firepower goes, the chief beneficiary of Fred Thompson’s decision to pull out of the presidential race is Mitt Romney. … Romney’s committee can go toe-to-toe with Rudy Giuliani’s legal advisory group.”

As they say on the Internets, read the whole thing:

Romney transplants Thompson’s braintrust

CHICAGO TRIBUNE’s THE SWAMP

by James Oliphant

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/01/romney_transplants_thompsons_b.html#more

A far as legal-brained firepower goes, the chief beneficiary of Fred Thompson’s decision to pull out of the presidential race is Mitt Romney.

The Romney campaign Thursday announced that a host of conservative lawyers and scholars who were backing Thompson have joined the Romney camp.

Among them is Victoria Toensing, who made her mark as an anti-terrorism policy-maker at the Justice Department during the Reagan administration. Toensing is joined by her husband (and fellow regular on the cable news circuit) Joseph diGenova, the former U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C.

To date, Romney’s conservative legal cabal has been notable for the presence of Catholic scholars such as Douglas Kmiec, the former dean of Catholic University and another Justice Department lawyer under Reagan, ostensibly because of the candidate’s anti-abortion position.

The Thompson diaspora diversifies his advisory group a bit, bringing along Justice Department officials who recently served in the George W. Bush administration, including Viet Dinh, a leading architect of anti-terrorism department policy under John Ashcroft who is now a professor at Georgetown University, and Rachel Brand and Noel Francisco, two more former high-level policymakers.

Also notable is Eugene Scalia, a former top lawyer at the Labor Department and son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Romney’s committee can go toe-to-toe with Rudy Giuliani’s legal advisory group, which also consists of a variety of former high-level Justice Department officials and conservative scholars. The two candidates seem to have staked out most of this particular field between them.

Such committees are instructive, not only to shine a light on the particular views held by the candidate, but also in terms of how he is likely to govern should he win election. The lawyers and advisers involved are likely to be involved in transition teams that would supervise hiring at key positions across the executive branch. And many of them could end up in high-level policymaking roles themselves.

Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced new additions to the Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts.  Note that among the additions are nine former members of Lawyers for Fred Thompson.

http://www.mittromney.com/News/Press-Releases/Constitution_Courts_Additions


GOVERNOR ROMNEY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION AND THE COURTS

Boston, MAToday, Governor Mitt Romney announced new additions to the Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts.  This group, chaired by Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, former constitutional legal counsel to President Ronald Reagan, has been advising Governor Romney on the important legal issues confronting the country today.

Joining Romney for President after having served as National Co-Chair of Lawyers for Fred Thompson, Victoria Toensing said, “Appointing strong judges is one of our President’s most important responsibilities.  The next President will make a number of appointments, and I am confident Governor Romney will nominate judges in the mold of President Bush’s nominees, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.  I am proud to work with Governor Romney and this outstanding group of legal minds.” 

Also joining the Advisory committee from Lawyers for Fred Thompson are Lizette D. Benedi, Rachel L. Brand, Reginald Brown, Charles J. Cooper, Joseph E. diGenova, Michael R. Dimino, Viet D. Dinh, Noel J. Francisco and Eileen J. O’Connor.

Eugene Scalia, who served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, has also joined the committee.  “Governor Romney has the ability, experience, and values to serve as an exceptional President,” he said.   “He appreciates the role of the courts and rule of law in our society.”

Making today’s announcement, Governor Romney said, “It is an honor to have the counsel of so many distinguished men and women.  Together, they represent years of experience in the legal field and their help to this campaign will be invaluable.” 

Governor Romney also announced that Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova will serve on the Steering Committee of Lawyers for Romney in addition to their roles on the Advisory Committee.

New Members Of The Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts:

  • Lizette D. Benedi Counsel, Bancroft Associates; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.
  • James F. Blackstock Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Shoney’s Restaurant Company;  Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, CBRL Group, Inc.
  • Rachel L. Brand Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.
  • Reginald J. Brown Partner, WilmerHale; Former Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Former Deputy General Counsel to Florida Governor Jeb Bush; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.
  • Daniel Collins Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Former Associate Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States; Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District of California; Former Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice; Lawyers for Fred California Co-Chair.
  • Charles J. Cooper Partner, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice, for President Ronald Reagan; Former Law Clerk, then-Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.
  • Professor George Dent Schott-van den Eynden Professor, Case Western Law School; Director, National Association of Scholars; President, Ohio Association of Scholars; Former Law Clerk, Judge Paul R. Hays, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Joseph E. diGenova Partner, diGenova & Toensing; Former Chief Counsel and Staff Director, Senate Rules Committee; Former Counsel, Senate Judiciary, Governmental Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees; Former United States Attorney, District of Columbia; Lawyers for Fred Maryland Chair.
  • Professor Michael R. Dimino Associate Professor of Law, Widener Law School; Former Chief Clerk, Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt, New York State Court of Appeals; Former Law Clerk, Judge Laurence H. Silberman, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Former Law Clerk, Judge Paul L. Friedman, United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Lawyers for Fred Pennsylvania Co-Chair and Legal Professors Committee.
  • Viet D. Dinh Principal, Bancroft Associates; Professor of Law and Co-Director of Asian Law & Policy Studies, Georgetown University Law Center; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court of the United States; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.
  • Noel J. Francisco Partner, Jones Day; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States; Lawyers for Fred Steering Committee. 
  • Professor Jimmy Gurule Professor, Notre Dame Law School; Former Undersecretary for Enforcement, United States Department of Treasury, for President George W. Bush; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, for President George H.W. Bush.
  • Richard D. Klingler Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Senior Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Former General Counsel and Legal Adviser, National Security Council; Former Law Clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court of the United States, and to Judge Kenneth W. Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • Professor Grant S. Nelson William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law, Pepperdine University; Former Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
  • Eileen J. O’Connor Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.
  • Thomas R. Phillips Partner, Baker Botts; Former Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court; Former President, Conference of Chief Justices. 
  • Eugene Scalia Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Former Solicitor of Labor, United States Department of Labor; Former Special Assistant, United States Attorney General William P. Barr; Former Aide, United States Education Secretary William J. Bennett.
  • Victoria Toensing Partner, diGenova & Toensing; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, for President Ronald Reagan; Former Chief Counsel, United States Senator Barry Goldwater; National Co-Chair of Lawyers for Fred National Steering Committee.

Previously Announced Members Of The Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts:

  • Committee Chair Douglas W. Kmiec – Caruso Family Chair & Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University; Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Bradford A. Berenson – Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Chairman, The Federalist Society, Executive Committee of the Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group.
  • Elliot S. Berke – General Counsel, Barbour Griffith & Rogers and Of Counsel, McGahn & Associates; Former Counsel to the Speaker of the House; Former General Counsel to the House Majority Leader.
  • Michelle Boardman – Assistant Professor, George Mason School of Law; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush.
  • James Bopp, Jr. – Partner, Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom; General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech; Special Adviser on Life Issues to Governor Mitt Romney.
  • Jamie Brown – Principal, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; Former Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush.
  • Allen Ferrell – Greenfield Professor of Securities Law, Harvard Law School; Former Law Clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Laurence Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • D. Cameron Findlay – Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aon Corporation; Former Deputy Secretary of Labor for President George W. Bush; Deputy Assistant to President George H. W. Bush; Former Law Clerk to Justice Antonin G. Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Timothy Flanigan – Former General Counsel, Corporate and International Law, Tyco International; Former Deputy White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George H.W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Tom Gede – Principal, Bingham Consulting Group; Former Executive Director, Conference of Western Attorneys General; Former Deputy Attorney General, California Attorney General’s Office.
  • Allyson Ho – Associate, Baker Botts; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Counselor to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft; Former Law Clerk, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court of the United States.
  • James Huffman – Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law (and former Dean), Lewis & Clark Law School; Former Chairman, The Federalist Society, Executive Committee of the Environment and Property Rights Practice Group.
  • Jay Jorgensen – Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, and then-Judge Samuel Alito, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Christopher Landau – Partner and Head of the Appellate Litigation Practice Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Former Law Clerk, Justices Antonin G. Scalia and Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States.
  • David G. Leitch – General Counsel, Ford Motor Company; Former Deputy White House Counsel to President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Wendy Long – Chief Counsel, Judicial Confirmation Network; Former Law Clerk, Justice Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Gary L. McDowell – Tyler Haynes Professor of Leadership Studies, Political Science, and Law in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond; Former Chief Speech Writer to Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.
  • Mark D. Nielsen – Vice President, Legal, Raytheon Corporation; Former Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
  • Howard C. Nielson, Jr. – Of Counsel, Cooper & Kirk; Former Counsel to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States, and former Judge J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Stephen Presser – Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History, Northwestern University School of Law.
  • Kristi Remington – Principal, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush.
  • Gene Schaerr – Partner and Chair of the Nationwide Appellate Litigation Group, Winston & Strawn LLP; Former Associate White House Counsel to President George H. W. Bush; Former Law Clerk, Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice Antonin G. Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States, and to former Judge Kenneth W. Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Chairman, Constitutional Sources Project.
  • Jay Sekulow – Constitutional Law and Supreme Court Advocate.
  • Bradley A. Smith – Professor of Law, Capital University Law; Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease; Former Chairman, Federal Election Commission.
  • Matthew Spalding – Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, The Heritage Foundation.
  • Jay B. Stephens – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Raytheon Company; Former Deputy White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan; Former Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, for President George W. Bush; Former United States Attorney for the District Of Columbia for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
  • Richard K. Willard – Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, for President Ronald Reagan; Former Law Clerk, Justice Harry Blackmun, Supreme Court of the United States, and then-Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Yesterday, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on former Senator Fred Thompson withdrawing his candidacy for President of the United States:

http://www.mittromney.com/News/Press-Releases/Thompson_Statement

“Throughout this campaign, Fred Thompson brought a laudable focus to the challenges confronting our country and the solutions necessary to meet them.  He stood for strong conservative ideas and believed strongly in the need to keep our conservative coalition together.  Ann and I would like to extend our best wishes to Fred, Jeri and their family and congratulate them on their efforts during this campaign.”

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In speaking at how McCain and Huckabee are trying to redefine Republican and Conservatism, Rush Limbaugh had this to say:

“I can see possibly not supporting the Republican nominee this election, and I never thought that I would say that in my life.”

Rush continues to plea with Republicans and Conservatives to wake up and pay attention to what is happening to the Republican party by specifically those candidates. Rush has expressed that as far as Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson goes, each has or had their liberal “moments” but none are trying to “redefine” the GOP or have said that the principles of Reagan Conservatism is dead.

Former President Reagan did all he could to unite fiscal, social, and political conservatives in positive ways. Today on Sean Hannity, Tom Delay exposed how dangerous and what a grenade John McCain  would be to the Republican party. Likewise Huckabee is trying to advance that Reaganism is out-dated and dead.

Show Highlight: McCain and Huckabee are running on the idea that Reagan conservatism is outdated, and needs to be redefined to fit their liberal positions. Mitt, Rudy, and Fred want to advance that legacy. (Rush 24/7 Members: Listen Here)

Rush stresses every show that there is no one perfect candidate, but at least Rudy is quite open that he is anti-life (pro-abortion), and supports gay marriage. Mitt Romney can be prone to a little pandering, ie) the incident in Michigan where he is oft-quoted as suggesting that the federal government funnel $20 billion to bring jobs back to the state. Rush defends Fred Thompson and the one candidate that has been consistently conservative and that Mitt Romney speaks conservatism.

I suspect that Fred Thompson’s disappointing showing in South Carolina is frustrating for Rush. I do believe however that Mitt Romney will continue to be the strength the Republican party needs. He is a quick and responsive study. His stances have matured over the years, and we all couldn’t be more happy about that. I think Glenn Beck said today that Pres. John Kennedy would be a political conservative in this day and age. Times are a changing. Someone who might have been a moderate a decade ago would easily be a conservative today. The disturbing trend is when you see the phenomenal rise in “liberal Republicans” who seek to stamp out conservatism and the base of the Republican party.

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From MyManMitt:

Pre-Florida GOP Election Scorecard

posted by Jeff Fuller | 1:01 AM | permalink

Election Scorecard:
Delegate Count (via CNN):

Romney

Romney

72

McCain

McCain

38

Huckabee

Huckabee

29

Thompson

Thompson

8

Paul

Paul

6

Giuliani

Giuliani

2

Hunter

Hunter

1

Winner: Mitt Romney (he has more delegates than the other three remaining “viable” candidates–Huckabee, McCain, and Rudy–COMBINED)

Total Cumulative Vote Tally (after 95% of SC vote)–1,679,675 votes cast thusfar in GOP contests (excluding Hunter and Keyes):

Romney – 537,070 — 32%
McCain – 513,131 — 30%
Huckabee – 339,801 — 20%
Thompson – 121,628– 7%
Paul – 107,428 — 6%
Giuliani – 60,617 — 4%
Winner: Mitt Romney
Medals Count (can you tell who I support?):
Romney – 3 Gold, 2 Silver
McCain – 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Huckabee – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
Thompson – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Paul -1 Silver
Hunter – 1 Bronze
Giuliani – NADA

Winner: Mitt Romney

Which candidate has both RAISED the most money AND has the biggest purse to continue on to future states? Mitt Romney

Which candidate has won the largest plurality of voters in any contest thusfar? Mitt Romney (39% of the vote, Romney’s total in Michigan, is the highest percentage of any candidate on either side in any contested state thusfar)

Which candidate won the most demographically diverse and most populous state thusfar? Mitt Romney (significant Urban, Suburban, and rural populations in MI)

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RS Overnight Poll: Post SC, who will you vote for?

 

Redstate

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From Politico:

Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential caucuses in Nevada Saturday, as Republicans were still voting in their South Carolina primary.

CNN has only 10% at the money and Romney has

Romney 56%

McCain 12%

Paul 12%

Huckabee 8%

Thompson 8%

Giuliani 3%

Way to go Gov. Romney!!!!

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