Thursday, November 29, 2007

 

The trouble with Mitt

Mitt Romney is a fascinating person. He is well spoken, smart, and utterly without, shall we say, personal issues. That is awfully appealing coming from a candidate who most likely would be running against a person with a...ahem, stain or two on their soul.

That is why I was terrible disappointed to have learned that Mitt Romney is not who he claims to be: politically speaking. Mitt has many things going for him but that doesn't make me feel any better about the fact that Mitt has not been a conservative for very long and that his conversion to conservatism reeks of opportunism. If you want to educate yourself on Mitt I will point you to an ongoing series by Dan McLaughlin of Red State. He is through with part three of a 5 part series discussing Mitt's many problems beyond just his convenient changes of heart. I'll leave you with which pretty well sums up why I have no desire to see Mitt win the nomination.

In this sense, Romney revives memories of George H.W. Bush, like Romney a man of unquestioned personal integrity, a good family man and successful businessman but also a man wholly without political principles, who campaigned as the heir of the Reagan Revolution but ended up giving us tax hikes, a raft of liberal legislation, an adventure in Somalia, David Souter, and, in the end, Bill Clinton. Bush didn't sell us out again and again and again because he was a bad or dishonest man or a closet liberal; he just kept finding the path of least resistance to be running away from the principles he campaigned on, and lacked the core convictions to push back. The Romney record is nothing if not a series of searches for the positions that will be most convenient and popular for him at any given point in time. It's not that Romney's lying to us; but we really are fools if we believe that he will fight tomorrow for the things he says he believes today.

Is it too much to ask to have a Republican candidate who is conservative?

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