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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Romney - Not the "Right" Man for the Job

I don't know who will end up being the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee, but with all due respect to other contributors to this blog, I certainly hope it is not Mitt Romney. The man has a track record that rivals John Kerry's when it comes to flip-flops on issues. More often than not he has come down on the wrong side of conservative issues while in office. I see the man as a prototypical RINO who has and will continue to opportunistically take whatever side of an issue that is needed to placate his current audience.

Romney has an extremely poor record on accommodating, if not outright carrying the water for, the militant gay lobby. He has made major flip-flops on gun rights, and has pushed big government nanny state programs (such as his thinly disguised socialized medicine scheme). His so-called conservative stands on economic issues also is questionable when as Governor of Massachusetts his administration supported back-door types of tax increases through increased "fees", "surcharges" and unfunded mandates (much like Governor Pawlenty's Health Impact "Fee"). A good summary of the problems some of us on the Right have with Romney can be found here.

Romney may be charismatic and able to champion conservative issues in the media, but I'm concerned that it will ring hollow as his long RINO track record is made public.

As for who should be the nominee, it's a tough question as no one has stepped forward as the new Reagan of our times. Duncan Hunter seems to have possibilities, but he is relatively unknown and will undoubtedly be hounded by the liberal media as being "extreme". Newt Gingrich has the name recognition, intellect, and conservative creds, but also unfortunately has some personal baggage that may keep him out of the race and will be savaged by the media at the behest of the Hillary camp. Perhaps even former Senator George Allen could emerge as the candidate in spite of the media smear job that was orchestrated against him by the Left last fall.

There is still a lot of time left in the 2008 Presidential race. In the serious times we live in it is crucial for the well being of the country that a true movement conservative is elected, especially after the disastrous election of last fall. The first, admittedly difficult, step is finding a truly conservative candidate that is electable. The key here is that the "conservative" requirement must come before the "electable" as running someone who is electable but not conservative will come back to bite us.

We need to guard against the results of the last election from driving us toward a practice of "If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards", a tag line from the movie "Tommy Boy" that aptly sums up any support from the conservative base for a Mitt Romney candidacy.


Blogger G-man said...

Stay tuned. In the months to come, I am sure that we will ferret out the facts regarding Romney's record.

He has changed his position on key conservative issues. But, so have some of our biggest conservative leaders.

It is not that uncommon to begin adulthood as a liberal, then with age, wisdom, and more familiarity with the facts, evolve into a conservative. We hope that many liberal readers of this blog will be inspired to do the same. But such an ideological evolution does not constitute a flip-flop. A flip, perhaps. But, not a flip-flop. Not unless one flops back to their illogical leftist beginnings.

This is where I look forward to digging through the rhetoric and finding the truth. Has Mitt Romney tailored his positions to his audience like the Clinton's, Algore, and John Kerry? Did his ideological evolution constitute a single flip? Or, has every flip been followed by a flop, then lather, rinse, and repeat?

I readily acknowledge that I'm not fluent in Romney's record, but stay tuned.

1/20/2007 11:29 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

A good place to begin your research is the first linked piece (http://massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/. Pay particular attention to the questions raised and ensuing analysis in the "Conclusion" section.

The country can definitely do better than Romney.

1/20/2007 12:03 PM  
Blogger G-man said...

Mitt Romney offers his own view of Brian Camenker at www.mittromney.com/News/Press-Releases/Real_Brian_Camenker.

I am not endorsing Romney's view of Camenker -- or Camenker's view of Romney. A brief scan of Camenker's site certainly raises questions about Governor Romney. But, does Camenker's site fairly represent Romney's record, or is there more to the story?

Hugh Hewitt has noted that Romney is leading the pack when it comes to embracing new media. We shall see if new media is good for Romney or if it deflates his campaign.

(Hewitt is also writing a book on Romney and the impact of Romney's Mormon faith on his presidential bid.)

1/20/2007 1:08 PM  
Blogger John Galt said...

What about Sam Brownback?

1/22/2007 12:45 PM  
Blogger G-man said...

Brownback lost me when he openly opposed the President's plan to send reinforcement troops to Iraq. (Coleman lost me on that one two.)

Frankly, I tend to dismiss any current politician or pundit who criticizes troop levels in Iraq. I see this as blatant pandering. No one but the President and the Pentagon has any idea how many troops is enough – and then they are only guessing. Due to technological advancements and the very nature of this type of warfare, you simply cannot compare troops levels to previous engagements.

What is most important about the President's shift in strategy is that we are lifting some of the excessively limiting rules of engagement and putting more pressure in Iraq's own government.

Brownback (and Coleman) sounded too much like a me-too-Democrat when he opposed President Bush – as if eager to get the media's favor.

Also, times may be changing, but my sense is that a governor has a better shot at the White House than a Senator.

1/22/2007 7:27 PM  

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