As thorough readers of this forum may recall, I mentioned in a couple of other threads that the smartest thing Mittens could do is to embrace his health care reform record from Massachusetts. It’s the single, greatest legislative accomplishment of his political career and he’s pretending it never happened.
This is, of course, to pander to the Tea Party a.k.a. the GOP base. By doing so I doubt he’s going to engender any greater goodwill than currently exists from those people; they consider him a fraud in the cultural conservative department and this move is unlikely to remedy the situation. And by doing so he may be fatally wounding himself for the general if he ends up the Republican nominee.
This decision on his part (to run against his own record on health care) may very well end up being the single dumbest thing he’s ever done. This is saying quite a bit if you followed the unfocused, flip flopping, tone deaf, mess of a campaign his organization ran in 2008.
Despite what you may hear from the uniformed on the matter, President Obama's Health Care Reform law is a (mostly) conservative piece of legislation which encompasses many of the proposals made by Republican legislators in years past when the party wasn't fundamentally ruled by religious lunatics and the gleefully ignorant. The law Romney passed in Massachusetts is very similar and has resulted in 98% of the state’s residents having insurance coverage, (in contrast, Perry’s state, Texas, is dead last in the nation in this regard) and they’ve managed to do while at the same time lowering costs in many fundamental ways.
If he was smart and principled, and incidentally I feel he’s neither, he would run on his record in defiance of the clowns that make up the GOP base. I still think he’d end up surviving the gauntlet of anti intellectualism that is the GOP primaries, (his opponents are almost universally unelectable circus clowns) and he would be in far better position to face the president in the general.
And I’ve said it before and feel compelled to say again: If you apply critical reasoning to any religion, they’re all equally ludicrous. I find it highly ironic the good ole’ Christian folk take issue with Romney’s “cult” as this is as clear a case of the pot calling the kettle black as you’re likely to encounter anywhere in life.
It’s all equally nonsensical.
I judge Mittens on his record and what he claims to stand for. The problem is he misrepresents the first and changes the second every time the wind shifts.
Posted on June 3, 2011 - 02:11 PM