- - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

“Choice or Echo” is a blog inspired by Phyllis Schlafly’s book “A Choice Not An Echo,” which argued that the 1964 Republican nominee for president must be a real conservative because Americans deserved a real choice in the presidential election not just an echo of the same old, same old. Back then, Phyllis recommended Barry Goldwater. Her updated book - which comes right up through the 2012 Republican convention - does not pick the 2016 conservative “choice.”

I hope this effort and The Washington Times readers will help us figure out exactly who is the choice and who are the echoes!

As I point out in a Commentary article in The Washington Times, I urge Republican candidates to go the distance in the 2016 presidential race — all the way to the national convention in Cleveland.

For me, staying power is a timely issue as the Republican National Committee (RNC) meets in Phoenix, Arizona this week. When I first became a member of the RNC, I was awed and honored to be on the governing body that leads the Grand Old Party. Over time, however, I realized that the 168 RNC members have little power or influence over the national party because the leadership is too often more responsive to big, outside money and interests than to conservative principles and the regular party members they supposedly represent.

If enough Republican candidates go the distance, the GOP could have the first meaningful national convention in decades. Instead of backroom deals by political consultants and massive ad buys in early states, the Republican rank and file will have their say. Perhaps a man or woman not running now could be even be drafted — that’s how then-Rep. James A. Garfield became our 20th president back in 1881.

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