He dreams that Americans will find him so dreamy they won’t even notice that he’ll say virtually anything - anything at all - to realize his dream of becoming president.No way. I won't be a member of a party that has that creep at the top of the ticket. I wasn't a big fan of either of the Bushes and I wasn't enthusiastic about Bob Dole, but they had integrity. Mitt has none.
My primary candidates have always lost badly, so I guess I'm way out of step with the rest of the country. Before Fred Thompson, I was a big fan of Pete duPont and Steve Forbes. They were all strong on defense and firm against more government programs. They also went down to defeat clinging to their principles.
Romney has no such baggage. Abortion? Guns? Taxes? Iraq? Pick your subject and Mitt has a position to agree with you. Ask him a simple yes/no question and you get a 5-minute answer that can be interpreted any way you choose.
Meanwhile, the Democrats are completely clueless when it comes to economics. Take a look at California. With a bigger economy than most nations, California's budget has been run by a Democrat legislature for decades. We're now facing, what, a $10B budget deficit? What's their response? Health care for all! Rather than accuse them (and yet one more squishy Republican as our governor) of mendaciously buying votes while wrecking the economy like Hugo Chavez, I'd rather attribute it to sheer stupidity. They will never be the answer until they figure out this logic:
So that leaves us with the Republican party as the only hope for a country that's racing towards bankruptcy, just a decade or so behind the French and the Germans who are finding out that wild spending binges lead to massive financial hangovers. What will the Republican party have to trade upon when it all starts to go sour, just a few years from now?
Integrity. Did you stand for something? Did you foresee the problems and act to stop them? Did you put the nation's best interests ahead of your own?
Mitt Romney, frantically pandering to every special interest group except the atheists, can't answer yes to any of those questions. He's not alone. For the last Republican congress and George W. Bush, the answer is clearly "No." They spent like crazy with new entitlement programs and lavish increases in every area. When the money starts getting scarce because the government can no longer steal from Social Security, who will listen to a pack of spenders who helped shovel the cash out the door?
And who will listen to Mitt Romney? He helped create a health care plan in Massachusetts whose costs were back loaded, designed to crush the state after he left to go campaign for president. And who would listen to him anyway when his words are worth less than sand? As the political winds blow, so goes his rhetoric.
Integrity and consistency of message will mean everything when the financial problems begin to wash over us. Mitt Romney is the exact opposite of what we need.
Update: Other blogs with related posts:
- Stop the ACLU hosts a great Fred Thompson video on Federalism. Watch it and try to imagine Mitt saying any of those things.
- Kevin Tracy has a great summary of Mitt's attacks on everyone else. It's probably part of Operation: Rat Filth.
- Another blog takes on Mitt's endless attack ads.
- Nuke has a summary of Mitt's massive spending campaign to buy the presidency.
- Channel 7 in Boston, the ABC affiliate, has yet another look at Mitt's problems with candor.