January 1, 2012

So Much Material, So Little Time, Part 3: Mitt Romney in Four Paragraphs (Update: DMR Poll Last Two Days Has Santorum Within MOE)

When you vote for a candidate, you vote for all of his or her positions. You accept the moral responsibility for the working out of their platform in practice.

– Talk radio host and serial Mitt Romney apologist Hugh Hewitt;
December 23, 2011

Four paragraphs from Chris Freind should convince even GOP pragmatists, i.e., anyone other than the Romney kool-aiders — even apart from the same-sex marriage betrayal, his encouragement of Barack Obama as he effectively seized General Motors, the abortion hypocrisy, his investment firm’s sleeping with our enemies (to be covered tomorrow), his embrace of the fraud known as global warming, and so many other specifics about his odious record — that he cannot be selected to become the next President of the United States (bolds are mine):

Romney the most intelligent candidate running for President? Probably. Is he a successful businessman? Undoubtedly. But what does it tell you when, after campaigning for five years and spending hundreds of millions, Romney still can’t even muster 30 percent of the GOP base? In other words, seven of ten Republicans simply don’t like him.

And it’s not rooted in his issue positions (though his Romneycare law in Massachusetts doesn’t help), but that he has no core convictions on…anything. The man is the very embodiment of an articulate politician without a soul, one who will say whatever it takes to get elected. So prevalent is his flip-flopping that he couldn’t even decide whether to campaign in Iowa. Contrast that to Congressman Ron Paul, whose support is surging for the opposite reason — because he has been steadfastly consistent throughout his entire political career.

It’s a lesson totally lost on Mitt. He’s so out of touch that he doesn’t understand the people’s yearning for a leader who stands for something and sticks to his guns. Instead, Romney’s “be all things to all people” approach has him foundering and will make him an inviting target for Obama should he win the GOP nomination.

Romney is the best Christmas present the GOP could give the Democrats.

That would be Christmas 2012.

To paraphrase, if you vote for Mitt Romney when other acceptable alternatives are available, you accept moral responsibility for voting to nominate a someone who is, as noted, “the very embodiment of an articulate politician without a soul, one who will say whatever it takes to get elected.”

You can’t defensibly do it, and it’s not arguable.

Please, Iowa voters. Do the right thing one more time, as you did in 2008 when you defied the conventional wisdom and denied Mitt Romney the victory he had thought was in the bag only a few weeks earlier.

Anyone but Mitt.


UPDATE: Des Moines Register (biased leftist paper qualifier; HT Hot Air) — “If the final two days of polling are considered separately, Santorum rises to second place, with 21 percent, pushing Paul to third, at 18 percent. Romney remains the same, at 24 percent.” That’s within the margin of error. Also: “Santorum, who has been largely invisible in the polls throughout the campaign season, is now beating the other evangelical choices and has a clear shot at victory Tuesday night.”


Previous Posts in Series:

  • Dec. 30 — Part 2: Mitt Romney’s Prolife Charade
  • Dec. 28 — Part 1: Mitt Romney Supported Obama’s “Backbone” as He Seized General Motors

Mitt Romney’s Same-Sex Marriage Betrayal Series:

  • Dec. 16 — Rick Santorum Exposes the Truth
  • Dec. 17 — What Romney Really Did
  • Dec. 18 — He Did It Because He Promised He Would

New Year’s Day Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010112)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:00 am

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Positivity: Renewed faith needed for reform, Pope says in ‘State of the Church’ speech

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:00 am

From Vatican City:

Dec 22, 2011 / 02:07 pm

A renewal of the faith is the only basis for true Church reform, Pope Benedict XVI told members of the Roman Curia in his pre-Christmas “State of the Church” address on Dec. 22.

Along with his Christmas greetings, the Pope offered the Curia his thoughts on the year’s events and the demands of the future.

In this year’s speech, the Pope said that the proclamation of the Gospel to the modern world would be the “key theme” of the coming years. The full text of the speech follows:

Happy New Year!

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:01 am