At this time it appears that Mitt Romney will be the Republican standard bearer in the 2012 presidential election. Oh yes, he has had his share of challengers, each to fall by the wayside, one by one. Pawlenty, Bachmann, Gingrich, Paul, Santorum and Huntsman. Even Trump, Palin, and Christy have had their opportunities to take a shot, and most recently; Texas Governor Rick Perry. Herman Cain seems to be on the ascension, but few believe he will be the Party nominee. Most challengers have been trodden under the jack-booted heels of the marauding Romney juggernaut!
Well, not really. His campaign has had all the fury of an April shower. And therein might lie a problem. Not for Romney, but for the rest of us. Why is he the apparent survivor when there is so little to indicate that he is the battle-proven warrior our current crisis demands?
How could a true Conservative, which the Republican Party claims to want, have been elected to be the governor of a heavily liberal state like Massachusetts? Likewise Michigan, where he just handily won their Republican Straw Poll, a state dominated by strong union politics? And there is the matter of Romneycare, the Massachusetts version of Obamacare. He still supports its creation, which makes it exceedingly difficult for us to believe he is serious in his pledge to overturn the federal Obama version.
Here is the REAL record of Mitt Romney:
1994: Romney backed federal funding of abortion and the codification of Roe v. Wade. “Romney supports a federal health care plan option that includes abortion services, would vote for a law codifying the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and backs federal funding for abortions as long as states can decide if they want the money, [a spokesman] said.” (Ed Hayward, “Anti-Abortion Group Endorses Romney Bid,” Boston Herald, 9/8/94)
1999: Romney said, “When I am asked if am I pro-choice or pro-life, I say I refuse to accept either label.” (Glen Warchol, “This Is The Place, But Politics May Lead Romney’s Elsewhere,” The Salt Lake Tribune, 2/14/99)
2002: Running for Massachusetts Governor, Romney said he was “devoted” to the pro-choice position. “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws.” (2002 Romney-O’Brien Gubernatorial Debate, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 10/29/02)
2005: Romney Considered Abortion-Rights Supporter By Pro-Life Groups – Aide Claimed His Position Had Not Changed. “[Massachusetts Citizens for Life] considers Romney to be an abortion-rights supporter, as do national antiabortion groups such as the Family Research Council. … [Romney aide Eric] Fehrnstrom said the governor’s position has not changed on either sex education or abortion.” (Scott S. Greenberger, “Roe V. Wade Omitted From Proclamation,” The Boston Globe, 3/25/05)
2006: Romneycare provides taxpayer-funded abortions. Abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program that Romney created as Governor. Under the program, abortions are available for a co-pay of $50. (Menu of Health Care Services: www.mass.gov/Qhic/docs/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf)
We have witnessed unmerciful press attacks on Sarah Palin, accusing her of everything from infidelity to lesbianism, on Newt for his decades old extra-marital affairs, on Perry’s illegal immigration status, even Michelle Bachmann for her attacks on Perry, of all things. But Mitt just goes sailing merrily along, relatively unscathed. Could it be that liberals find Romney the most appealing candidate of a bad lot?
Rush Limbaugh has long expressed the opinion that you can tell which candidates the Democrats fear most by the media attacks directed toward them. But the reverse is also true. Does the media’s soft-ball approach to Romney indicate that he is the Democrat favorite or the candidate they think most likely to fail?
Does this remind you of the 2008 candidacy of John McCain? Are we being manipulated down the same road toward 2012?