Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mitt Romney, Too Comfortable Being Front Runner

My cohort Harrison, over at Capitol Commentary, has been so kind as to grace this awful patch of internet space I call Christian Fearing God-Man with an excellent article about why he thinks Mitt Romney has more going against him than for him.

Enjoy, and be sure to visit him at Capitol Commentary.


I'm going to make a prediction that Mitt Romney will not win the Republican presidential nomination.  We can look no further than to Hillary Clinton's campaign to see why.

Hillary Clinton was the presumed Democratic nominee until someone named Barack Obama came along and, using a bit of deft planning, knocked her off her dais.  Mitt Romney will not lose the nomination for the same reasons Hillary Clinton did, but the result will be the same.

Mitt has three things working against him:

1. He signed Romneycare into law in Taxachusetts.  Investor's Business Daily wrote:

Health costs have gone up in the Bay State significantly since Romney's overhaul, and polls show residents believe RomneyCare is the reason. The uninsured still number over 100,000, despite his promise of "universal coverage." And hundreds of thousands among the newly insured pay nothing for their state-mandated coverage, freeloading off those who do.

RomneyCare's mandates, enforced by a new, multipronged state government bureaucracy, resulted in another negative consequence, which anyone who knows the law of supply and demand could have predicted: a physician shortage that has caused European-style waiting lists for doctor visits. That, in turn, has led to lots more emergency room visits, another cause of cost increases. And so goes the vicious cycle.
There is no way Romney will ever get this albatross off from around his neck.  How can he take the high road when he enacted something as evil as Obamacare?

Fiscal conservatives will not support Romney.  I will not support him.

2. Mitt Romney has said he believes in man made global warming.  Romney said this:

I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that.
So Romney isn't a scientist, can't speak for them, but he read a few articles that said the world is getting warmer and he believes it. Romney hedges by saying who knows what can be done about it but isn't this just a way of leaving the door open for a later retraction? We all know Obama and his cronies have used global warming as justification to empower the EPA to regulate the stuff everybody exhales - Carbon Dioxide - as a pollutant and to try and pass Cap and Trade to take money away from Americans to use on Obamacare.

Again, Romney makes no friends and sounds like he doesn't know what he's talking about.

3.  Romney is a Mormon. I have nothing against Mormons but many Americans are suspicious of them because they believe they don't believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Romney knows this is a problem to the extent he casts himself more as a CEO than as a man of the cloth. I don't think Romney would push his religion on people but if there's one thing Americans love it's a conspiracy theory.

Sure, many think Obama is a Mulsim but he's half black so this made him more exciting to the press and Americans who wanted to see a non-white male become president. Romney doesn't have this type of thing going for him and he's a Conservative so, naturally, the press will come down (unfairly) doubly hard on him.  Expect to see a lot of pieces on polygamy and Mormonism. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

I think the biggest threat to Romney's nomination is Texas governor Rick Perry. He has led his state towards job creation and has stood up against the Obama administration regarding their encroachment on economic and personal liberty. Perry might have his own issues.

Lastly, Romney, like Clinton, is the early front runner and this is never a good thing. Every other candidate is drafting behind him while he is taking all the rock chips and bugs in his face.

Romney seems like a decent man but his past decisions, as well as his early front runner status, means he's doomed.


Karen Howes said...

Taxachusetts, LOL... he ain't kidding. My family originally came from there.

Romney's just another RINO.

William McCullough said...

Romney is the same old tired message....I believe if he becomes the Republican nominee he will not win....Just my opinion....WM

Jack Camwell said...

Well, the way I see it is that he's likely the most moderate candidate we've got at the moment. We will not win the election with a far-right candidate.

Harrison said...

I think a moderate always has the best chance I just don't think Romney's the right one.

Damien said...

Middle America would not vote in a Mormon. They have trouble enough voting in a Catholic.

Obama's race was a factor but his religion was not until after he was elected and a certain ugly extreme-right used the internet to attack him in anyway possible. They first started the rumour he is Muslim, born in Kenya and then the stupid birther program because it hit some more popularity.

In the end the US Presidency is always one by convincing the "average American middle-class" whom are centrist and leaning either to the left or right. They are Christian, mostly not-Catholic, tend to have a touch of evangalism which they would accept more than something what they think is fringe - such as the Mormons if your not from Utah or Idaho. It is not that fringe but that image will be there in their heads.

The people are interested in having that President that represents that image of established faith, sends the right message to their ears that he or she can do better for their lives and is capable when elected of representing the entire country which includes dealing in the Congress with the other-side of politics.

My question is who can do that in the Republican Party? Except for his faith, Romney sells well, Christie says he will not run, Pawlenty can if he gets into the swing, the rest are all to extreme and will be rejected because they do not represent that "middle-America".

My views of course.....

Jack Camwell said...

I agree with what you've said Damien. I'm not sure that there is any other viable candidate that can appeal to the middle. And I'm under no dilusions about his religion and how the Evangelical fools would look upon that.

I'm dismayed that you don't like we Catholics. Anglican? =)

Harrison said...

You'd have to be a crazy person to think someone named Barack Hussein Obama whose father was Kenyan might be a Muslim. What's next... someone thinks an Irishman is Catholic?

I hope the world doesn't succumb to such stereotypes.

Damien said...

Jack, no I am actually a proud Catholic. My comment was more on realism, it is difficult to vote a Catholic to the top job or anyone who is out of the established faith that runs America.

Harrisson, I would put a question to you. Because someone's name is Hussein but every other detail says he goes to church, tells you he is a Christian and that he was born in Hawaii mean that he must be a Muslim and born where his father was?

My surname is Charles, my father is British but born in India (colonial administrator) am I thus Indian? He is not automatically Anglican though all the Charles' in modern history are, he is a Catholic. Actually my mother is Spanish but born in French Corsica. My name Damien is spelt te French way, but I remain both British, Spanish and Catholic.

It would be wrong in my opinion to just assume because one's father was born in Kenya or in this modern world that one's middle name is Hussein that he is not what he or public records tell you. I know a Juan Hocien (the other way of spelling Hussein) who is half Korean and lives in Spain and is not Muslim....

Oh, 20 percent of Irishmen are protestant....

Jack Camwell said...

Very good point Damien.

And why would it matter if he's Muslim anyway? Do we forget the religious test clause in the Constitution?

Harrison said...

My point was in response to this comment:

"They first started the rumour he is Muslim"

With someone named Barack Hussein Obama it would not have been too insane for people, on their own, to think he was a Muslim. While I do not care what religion he is, it's not like his name was Peter Smith and some viscious rumor started he was a Muslim.

Also, the Irish in N. Ireland, owing to the British occupation, are mostly Protestant but that is why.

Seremzh said...

Mitt Romney is the Republican John Kerry. Mitt Romney was pro-choice until it became politically inconvenient for him, the same way John Kerry was for the Iraq war until he needed the vote of the democrat base.

A good leader is consistent.

Mitt Romney will not get my vote.