In a column a few weeks ago excerpted here, John Hawkins identified seven reasons why Romney’s electability is a myth.
In his Townhall column today, he identifies “Five Ways Conservatives Will Have to Sell Their Souls if Romney Wins”:
If you were trying to come up with the atrocious candidate imaginable to go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama in 2012, you couldn’t do much worse than Mitt Romney. He was an unpopular, moderate Governor who has lost 2 out of the 3 major elections he’s run in and whose signature issue, Romneycare, was an enormous failure. Moreover, he’s so uninspiring that he makes Bob Dole look like Ronald Reagan and that’s before you consider that his incessant flip-flopping that makes it impossible to really know where he stands on any issue.
Romney’s candidacy also runs counter to almost every political trend in the book right now. He’s the antithesis of everything the Tea Party stands for. A moderate, establishment endorsed, principle free, Rockefeller Republican. On the other hand, he’s like a bad guy straight out of central casting for the Occupy Wall Street crowd.
… (I) now believe Gingrich, Perry, Santorum, and even Huntsman, who just left the race, are ALL more electable than Mitt. It’s also worth noting that all of those candidates, including Huntsman, are more conservative than Romney. It’s mind boggling to consider the fact that if Romney wins, the conservative base will have chosen the guy behind Romneycare over the man behind the Contract with America, America’s premier social conservative, and the best job creating governor in America, all of whom would also be more electable.
… we’re not going to see someone who was a 3rd rate, unpopular, moderate governor become a great, popular, and conservative President. The idea that Republicans in Congress will keep Romney in line isn’t born out by anything that has happened in the last decade.
… if the conservative movement pricks its collective finger and signs on with Mitt Romney, it should be aware of what its signing on for.
1) Mitt Romney is the bailout king of American politics: Just about the only thing that the Tea Partiers and Occupy Wall Street agree on is that they really hated the bailouts. Yet, Mitt Romney is the bailout king of American politics. You could fairly argue that he took a bailout when he was at Bain, he supported TARP, he’s now comparing what he did at Bain to what Obama did at GM and Chrysler, and he has noted in a debate that he’s open to future bailouts. …
2) … Mitt Romney is also a flip-flopper — a far worse one than Kerry ever was. Even amongst conservatives, saying this about Romney is about as controversial as saying that the sun is hot, water is wet, or Barack Obama is a terrible President. …
3) Undermining capitalism to help Mitt Romney: … what some conservatives seem to be starting to lose sight of in their efforts to defend Mitt Romney is that not everything that creates a profit is moral, good, admirable, or even politically palatable. We’d never run a candidate who got rich running a chain of strip clubs, closing all his factories and sending his jobs of China, or by being the world’s most effective spammer. We can all see the issues there.
Along similar lines, it’s not particularly admirable to buy a company, load it up with debt, strip it of its assets, run it into the ground, and walk away with a tidy profit while the business goes under and thousands of poor and middle class Americans lose their jobs. …
4) Read Mitt’s lips; He wants a VAT: Like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is open to the same sort of value added tax that has helped drive the tax rates of Western European nations into the stratosphere. …
5) Why support Romneycare and oppose Obamacare? Obamacare is nothing but Romneycare on a larger scale. “Even Mitt’s consultants on Romneycare, like Jonathan Gruber, have admitted that Obamacare is just Romneycare writ large” …
John missed Reason 6, really the most important, which is that Romney didn’t take the oath he swore to uphold the Massachusetts Constitution seriously. He serially violated it by imposing same-sex marriage in the Bay State when it was his duty not to do so until the legislature passed an enabling law — which to this day, it never has. What’s more, Romney violated his oath of office because he promised that he would.
So as conservatives justifiably recoil at Barack Obama’s violations of the Constitution in so many ways, the most recent of which involves his non-recess “recess” appointments of “consumer protection” kingpin Richard Cordray and three National Labor Relations Board members, we’re told that the GOP candidate with a track record of serially violating the Constitution drafted by John Adams is somehow the best and most electable.
No he’s not. He’s the least electable. By far.
Romney won’t just be the “King of Bain” if he somehow gets the nomination. Win or lose (probably lose) against Barack Obama, he’ll also be the “King of (Conservative) Pain.”