Posted by: mulrickillion | February 23, 2012

Can the Massachusetts Moderate Actually Bail Out Romney?

Posted by Charles P. Pierce, The Politics Blog – Esquire, Feb 13, 2012 —


This is a sentence I never thought I’d have to type but: If Willard Romney doesn’t win the Michigan primary on February 28, he likely will not be the Republican nominee for president. He could laugh off Rick Santorum’s Minnesota-Colorado-Missouri triple play because no delegates were awarded. But if Santorum beats him in the state when his father once was governor, then it’s hard not to see how a genuinely radical reboot of the whole process doesn’t begin spontaneously, all over the country. . . .

Which raises the question: What if Romney had not spent the past seven years truckling to the people who would do nothing but come to loathe him anyway? What if he’d held to his beliefs that gay people are human and that a woman’s right to choose was really something of a settled issue? What if he had run as the moderate he was in Massachusetts? What if he’d stood up for Romneycare and challenged the other people in the field?

"Okay, jamokes. I created a health-care plan that people now say they love regardless of their politics. What’s your plan, Newt? Rick? Don’t say ‘freedom’ because you sound like idiots."

He tried to do it halfway, emphasizing his business background and the fact that he had to create coalitions to govern in Massachusetts. But he also decided to pledge fealty to the entire anti-science, anti-Enlightenment wingnut agenda, despite the fact there was actual videotape out there from his past campaigns that made him look as bent as an Allen wrench on whatever his fundamental principles were. That’s what’s at the root of the phenomenon, now two campaigns old, and for which there are now gobs of empirical data, by which the more voters see of Willard Romney, the less they like him. (If your only remaining strength as a candidate is how much money you can spend to advertise yourself, then that data turns your primary weapon against yourself.) If he’d at least stayed consistent in the public positions he’d taken throughout his limited political career, at least he wouldn’t have become the complete fake who grows more annoying by the day. . . .

Can the Massachusetts Moderate Actually Bail Out Romney? – Esquire


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