I’ve been paying a lot of attention to this latest incarnation of the Romney campaign. Mitt has shed his “sever conservative” mask, and is being his “true” moderate self.
The thing is, we actually have some perspective here. We are looking at a man who told us that he is a staunch conservative, having had several changes-of-heart since his time as Governor, though he has claimed he was a “sever conservative” as governor. He claimed that he would do away with Healthcare reform and reproductive rights. Now, he says that he likes a lot of what healthcare reform does, just not how it does it. Only, his staff comes in behind him and says that he really doesn’t. He said, last week, that he hadn’t seen a single piece of legislation restricting abortion that he would sign. It took an hour for his campaign to “remind” him of which bills he liked. Even now, when he will say moderate things on camera, his campaign is right behind him issuing corrections that undo most of his revisions.
Let’s imagine, though, that Mitt really is a moderate at heart.
He was willing to say all kinds of oppressive and hurtful things to butter-up donors and woo the far right. He clearly is willing to play politics in order to win the nomination. He made an issue of the need for safe, legal abortion in his bid for the Senate in 1994 and that he would “preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose” in his gubernatorial bid. Now, he claims to have come to a realization that his mother was wrong, that he was wrong, and that abortion is bad and the government should stop them all from happening. Except for cases of rape, maybe. Except that, as I pointed out above, he hasn’t seen anything he could support in congress, except that he previously said that he had. Don’t worry, though, because his staff corrected him on that. Quietly. To a friendly reporter.
Mr Romney might really be a moderate. If so, surely he will show that to us now that he has locked up the nomination. Surely, he will just be himself, unless he doesn’t think we’ll vote for the real Mitt, in which case, he’ll clearly say anything to get our vote. But if he is a real moderate, then we’ll see that when he takes office, except that he’ll want to play to the base to help win 9or possibly keep) the GOP in charge of Congress in 2014. Then, he’ll be running for reelection. Then 2018 midterms. So, just maybe, we would see the real Mitt in 2019, before the 2020 election. What damage will have been done by then?
So, I reject the idea that Mitt is a conservative or a moderate. Mitt Romney is a spoiled brat with entitlement issues. He wants to be president, because (like the last Republican in the Oval Office) he has daddy issues that can only be resolved by winning where his father failed. Besides, his church REALLY wants a Mormon President (of the US, not the actual Mormon President/Pope guy).
In short, Mitt Romney has no character and no class. I could not vote for him if Rosanne were the only other viable candidate. I’d sooner vote in another 4 years of Reagan, or better yet, Bush Sr. Mitt is willing to do anything to gain the power of the Office of the President, and that is exactly the kind of person who should be denied that power at all costs.