The GOP Does Its Thing
Party luminaries put their best foot forward at the weekend's SRLC meeting in Memphis.
March 17, 2006 at 4:00AM
Face it: The conclave of Southern and Midwestern Republicans who just met at The Peabody for three days, attracting presidential candidates and big-time national media alike, are not as square around the edges as Democrats (who see themselves as the curators of cool) would like to believe. The main public business of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference got under way Friday with a former governor of Tennessee, Lamar Alexander, playing "Love Me Tender" and "Memphis, Tennessee" on the piano and reached its climax, more or less, with Mike Huckabee, the governor of adjoining Arkansas (and one of the aforesaid presidential hopefuls), playing a hot and credible bass on "Free Bird" during a Saturday night jam session.