January 18, 2008

Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney Roundup (011808)

I am pleased to report that the word about Mitt Romney’s myriad weaknesses is spreading, and continues to be enhanced by the contributions of others.

This is the fifth and final installment of a series of daily links to others who have news about Objectively Unfit Mitt leading up to tomorrow’s South Carolina Primary.

Here goes.

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Michael Medved says that Romney did a great job “winning” (go here for why it’s in quotes) in Michiganas a virtual Democrat:

In his victory statement, however, the former Massachusetts governor utterly undermined all those loyal supporters who insist that he’s a “true conservative,” Reagan’s rightful heir, and a solid, loyal Republican.

I’ve watched tape of Romney’s carefully crafted and exuberant speech three times now, and repeatedly reviewed the transcript.

One point comes across inescapably: nearly everything he said last night would have fit comfortably in a Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama victory speech (except for invoking the names of Reagan and, oddly, “George Herbert Walker Bush”). More than 90% of his remarks made Mitt sound like a Democrat – and a demagogic one at that.

Read the whole thing, as Medved takes the speech apart sentence by sentence.

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WorldNetDaily has a major report that takes Romney apart on family matters, including reference to the reason why he is, alone among all politicians I have covered in nearly three years of blogging, Objectively Unfit:

Family leaders call Romney ‘disaster’
Letter criticizes ‘deceptive rhetoric’ around candidate

….. “Most of us are not allied with any presidential candidate,” the letter says. “But we are troubled by the unethical and Orwellian cover-up of Mitt Romney’s role in catastrophic events in Massachusetts, once the cradle of American liberty.

“Actions he took as governor were beyond the pale,” the letter continued.

….. “Though Romney pretends he opposed homosexual ‘marriage,’ he did the opposite,” the letter said. “Since the notorious Goodridge court opinion discovering a constitutional right to ‘gay marriage,’ Romney has methodically lied about the judges’ legal authority and his own legal duty to enforce the Constitution. As professor of jurisprudence Hadley Arkes pointed out, under the state Constitution, the court has no jurisdiction over marriage law.”

“Mitt Romney created homosexual ‘marriage.’ His ‘conservative’ legal experts are aggressively covering up both his role and the plain language of the Supreme Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” the letter said.

….. “The truth is this: Mitt Romney’s fictional defense of natural marriage, childhood innocence, life in the womb and constitutional governance is sustained only by our silence in the face [of] overwhelming propaganda,” the letter said.

The people who know this, and yet support this Objectively Unfit candidate, should have a lot to answer for, including whether they believe in anything except attaining and holding power.

The original letter is here.

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Imagine if the New York Times had reported this in 1959:

Although John F. Kennedy’s membership in the Catholic Church has often been discussed as a potential political liability, he has taken deliberate steps to turn his affiliation with the church into a fund-raising asset.

….. Last fall, three officials of the Kennedy campaign met privately with a senior leader of the Catholic Church in the Vatican about reaching out to the forty million Catholics around the country.

How credible would Jack Kennedy’s 1960 speech about his religion have been?

Well, this is what the Times reported in April of 2007:

Although Mr. Romney’s membership in the Mormon Church has often been discussed as a potential political liability, he has taken deliberate steps to turn his affiliation with the church into a fund-raising asset.

….. Last fall, three officials of the Romney campaign met privately with a senior leader of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City about reaching out to the six million Mormons around the country.

So remind me again why Romney’s related oratory, known simply as “The Speech” around here, deserves anything resembling the same level of respect that Kennedy’s speech has earned?

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Ann Coulter, in her near-endorsement of Romney:

unlike Huckabee, Romney doesn’t have a son who hanged a dog at summer camp.

True enough, I suppose. But, since she’s bringing up dogs, I should note that Romney fans support a candidate who did this:

Romney’s Cruel Canine Vacation
Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2007

The reporter intended the anecdote that opened part four of the Boston Globe’s profile of Mitt Romney to illustrate, as the story said, “emotion-free crisis management”: Father deals with minor — but gross — incident during a 1983 family vacation, and saves the day. But the details of the event are more than unseemly — they may, in fact, be illegal.

The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus’s rather visceral protest.

Massachusetts’s animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal “in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon.” An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying “it’s definitely something I’d want to check out.” The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it’s against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and “if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal.”

….. (PETA President Ingrid) Newkirk called the incident “a lesson in cruelty that was … wrong for [his children] to witness…Thinking of the wind, the weather, the speed, the vulnerability, the isolation on the roof, it is commonsense that any dog who’s under extreme stress might show that stress by losing control of his bowels: that alone should have been sufficient indication that the dog was, basically, being tortured.”

Please spare me the criticism over quoting someone from PETA. Torture is as torture does.

If there’s a denial about this incident, I haven’t seen it, and I’ve looked. No one has pointed out otherwise in the 16 days since I first noted it (last item at link). If I’m wrong, tell me, and point me to a rebuttal.

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2 Comments

  1. It seems to me that you just don’t like Romney. Romney has more qualifications than any other presidential candidate to help solved the problems of our government. Mitt never attacked the integrity of others. Mitt has been called by Mike and John to be dishonest, liar, phony, flip-flop, waffer, but when Mike and John said they wouldn’t resort to negativity. Well, surprise, surprise, but they ended up eating their own words. Huckabee, who won on the strength of the born-again Christians and never graduated from seminary, and John who graduated at the bottom of his military class with a hot temper and foul mouth are are real dishonest, liars, phonies, flip-flops, wafflers and hypocrites. I’d rather follow someone who admitted to his mistakes than someone who continue to sidestep his flip-flop.

    Comment by Savea7 — January 19, 2008 @ 3:18 am

  2. #1,

    It seems to me that you just don’t like Romney.

    This has nothing to do with “liking” someone. It has to do with blatant disregard for constitutions and the rule of law.

    Please follow to the link to why he’s Objectively Unfit Mitt.

    He then has the nerve to call people who dare to point out his blatant disregard for — no, in reality, defiance of — the oldest Constitution in the Union “delusional.”

    Such a man is Objectively Unfit for the presidency.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 19, 2008 @ 8:58 am

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