Friday, August 12, 2011

The Trouble With Romney...

It's been said that our best Presidents have been principled Republicans or unprincipled Democrats, in other words those who adhere to a clear political philosophy and those who are more pragmatic and go with the flow. I'll leave it to you to decide which presidents were which but in my view Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are clear examples of the validity of this model.

So, where does Romney fit? Is he an ideologue or a pragmatist? Is he a Reaganite or a typical New England Republican in the mold of his political predecessors Jacob Javits, Lowell Weicker and Nelson Rockefeller (or more recently Judd Gregg and Arlen Specter)? At this point in time, can we afford a "centrist" Republican with a record of not only compromise with the opposition, but the wrong compromises. Can this man lead us in repealing Obamacare? Can he reform entitlements? Does Mitt Romney have the requisite belief in democratic capitalism to defend it from its depraved authoritarian detractors? Or, is he a "go slow Democrat", a RINO Republican who just wants to manage the welfare state better?

I think Romney's record speaks for itself. My conclusion is four years ago maybe, but at this point in time he is the wrong man (or woman) for the job.


Sally said...

Who are you supporting Hammer?

"The Hammer" said...

NC State Sally.

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