Do We Know Who Mitt Romney Is Or What He Believes?
February 1, 2012 21 Comments
Mitt Romney won the Florida primary last night and seems poised to take the GOP nomination. His biggest asset seems to be that Republicans think he’s electable. He certainly has the old guard establishment on his side. Make no mistake, Mitt Romney is a terrific businessman who knows how to make money. Obviously he’s shown the ability to lead whether it’s in business, at the Olympics or as Governor of Massachusetts.
But for all of that, do we even really know who Mitt Romney is or what he believes? If there’s one thing that has been evident at the first 19 debates it’s that Mitt Romney has trouble articulating the conservative position. He says he’s for tax cuts but his economic plan is convoluted with 50+ points. It doesn’t take 50 points to adequately explain the conservative position on the economy. Romney has never opposed regulatory action by government, he seems not interested in reducing regulation but rather he seems interested in shifting it around to make it more “economical.”
Obviously we all know about Romneycare, which is essentially the state version of Obamacare. Romney has defended the plan and seems to only oppose Obamacare because it’s a Federal plan not a state plan. When did it become conservative to support a massive state run health care system? Romney weasels out of this question by talking about states rights, something most conservatives love to hear. But doing so only deflects attention away from the fact that Romney signed into law a massive state run health care system.
On issues of life, Romney’s record is the opposite of what he is now saying on the campaign trail. When he ran for Governor just a decade ago he said he was committed to the pro-choice cause. He said he believed in parental consent for a minor to have an abortion but supported judge’s having the ability to overrule parents.
Yes, Romney says that he’s had a change of heart. But does that change of heart mean he will nominate only pro-life judges to the Supreme Court? Romney has never committed to such a litmus test. In fact, Romney hasn’t talked about judges at all. If we look at his record as Governor, he did little more than appoint liberal Democrats to the bench. Perhaps it’s true, in a state as blue as Massachusetts Romney couldn’t nominate conservatives. But that still leaves the question open, what sort of judge will Romney appoint? We have no idea.
Just a decade ago Romney called himself a progressive Republican. Not surprising given his upbringing. Mitt’s father George was Governor of Michigan in the 60′s. He had good things to say about radical leftist Saul Alinsky. Romney went the liberal Cranbrook School in metro Detroit as a child. Mitt was raised by liberals, educated by liberals and a decade ago identified himself as a progressive liberal.
With all of that in mind are we to believe he had a sudden change of heart? Romney references no moment when he realized the leftist cause was wrong. Even if we believe that Romney has had a conversion to the conservative cause, he doesn’t have the foundation to serve as President. We’re talking about a man who until he decided to run for President was a leftist.
Let’s say he’s rejected liberalism, it doesn’t mean he now has an intellectually conservative foundation. Quite the opposite, he still has his liberal foundation. It shows itself when he defends Romneycare but opposes Obamacare. It shows itself when he suggests regulatory reform that doesn’t actually make government smaller. It shows itself in a 50+ point economic plan.
In short, we don’t really know who Mitt Romney is. We don’t know what he really believes. We have no idea how he’s going to govern. He had no conservative foundation, much less a conservative Christian foundation. This is the man the Republican Party thinks will defeat Obama? This is the man the GOP thinks is going to govern better than Obama? Maybe Romney really is a conservative but there’s a much greater chance that Mitt Romney will be the second coming of Richard Nixon, just without the tapes and criminal activity. His life long record suggests as such.