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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Character Matters and Romney's Worries Me



Mark Levin
by Mark Levin on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 11:57am

I am beginning to think that the nature and level of attacks being launched by Mitt Romney against Newt Gingrich, which he would surely use against any conservative threatening his nomination, are going to make it very difficult for Romney to unite the different factions of the GOP and the conservative movement behind his candidacy should he win the nomination.  While I have said that I would vote for Rick Santorum, I am appalled at the "anything goes" assault on Gingrich. See here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/politics/the-calculations-that-led-romney-to-the-warpath.html?pagewanted=all

Romney is not a conservative in the traditional sense, and he has a record of big-government Republicanism. Even many years after the success of the Reagan administration, he sought to distance himself from Reagan and the GOP, self-identifying as a progressive and independent. Thus, he resorts to spending multi-millions of dollars trashing his opponents, rather than providing thoughtful arguments on conservatism and constitutionalism. Lest we forget, it was Gingrich who was trying to run a positive campaign and who offered to debate Romney one-on-one, asking Romney to stop with the millions in unanswered ads attacking him. Romney declined. I have no doubt that Romney would do the same thing to Santorum if Santorum was rising in the polls, albeit on different issues.

I have said that Romney is in many ways Richard Nixon, and that Romney would not successfully lead efforts to repeal Obamacare but, in fact, would grow the federal government in many respects. Romney's advisor, former senator Norm Coleman, has now said as much. That is Romney's record. Despite having been a businessman, he was not a defender of free market capitalism while governor. Romneycare is, as Santorum pointed out, a top-down government health care system with an individual mandate that is breaking Massachusetts' treasury and destroying private health insurance. It is a disaster. Romney also backed cap-and-trade and TARP (as did Gingrich).

My great fear is, however, that he is the weakest candidate who can face Obama and will go into the general election with a fractured base, thanks to his own character flaws, which are now on display, and his tactics of personal destruction. Moreover, while Romney can swamp his Republican opponents by 3 to 1 or more in every state with his spending advantage, Barack Obama will be raising more and spending more to beat him in the general election, meaning Romney's financial advantage will be non-existent.

We better start paying a lot more attention to holding the House of Representatives and winning the Senate with a bunch of solid conservatives. I have spent a year on my radio show identifying and interviewing these candidates, and will continue to do so.

1 comment:

David said...

When 19 I voted for G. Bush sr. then Dole, then G. HW Bush twice then Mc Cain. I will be 40 years old soon, and in my life I have never voted for a true conservative as president. I held my nose every time. Not this time! You may not want to hear this but if you repubicans are too scared to stand up for something you say you are, “CONSERVATIVE” then I will be voting from local to national “ONLY” for committed conservatives come November. I will not be coerced into voting for Romney. Obama might get reelected but that might give you weak republicans some time to marinate in Obamas misery for 4 more years. Maybe then you repubicans will grow some balls and purge the Romney/Fords out of the party. By the way Mr. Santorum, if you think “it’s only fair” that some should pay a higher rate in their taxes then you support the progressive tax system. Besides health care, our tax system is the single greatest achievement for the progressive movement in this country. If Santorum wants to conserve our progressive tax code the he is at heart a progressive. He loves America, respects Life, and is a moral guy but progressive. By the way, so is Romney and to some extent Gingrich.
David
Bonita Springs, FL