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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Why I'm for Mitt - No Skeletons


Remember the days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal? I know I took comfort in the fact that the political party I identified with had no such embarrassing scandal associated with it.

Those days are over.

In the last 10 years, there have been several scandals that have embarrassed the GOP, tarnished the republican 'brand', and gave fodder to insufferably smug talking heads like Bill Maher.

Remember these guys? -
You'll be sorely missed Mark Foley

Ted Haggard. What can I say.

Larry Craig. Mitt Romney threw you under the bus, and like the rest of America I wish that were literal instead of metaphorical.

I think that we can all agree that guys like this make us almost ashamed to be lumped with the same political party that they are.

I'm tired of it.

One reason I support Mitt Romney is that I know he absolutely won't put up with this kind of nonsense.

Mitt Romney doesn't have any skeletons in his closet. He's been intensely vetted by the Kennedy's, and the liberal press in Massachusetts and he's clean. In fact Mitt Romney is the guy people call in when things are extremely out of control and need to get turned around.

That's what happened in preparation for the Olympics.

Things were mired in scandal. Mitt came in and turned it around. The Salt Lake City Olympics was something that the entire country was proud of. Mitt Romney's personal actions throughout his career have been exemplary and above reproach.

Contrast Mitt Romney's record with Mike Huckabee, who is currently leading the polls here in Iowa.

I'm not perfect. Mitt Romney is not perfect. And I do not expect Mike Huckabee to be perfect. That said, here are some links to follow regarding ethics questions that have dogged Huckabee for some time, and have recently been given a little more scrutiny. The most charitable and fair word I can come up with in regards to these ethics questions is TACKY.

TACKY


The American Spectator - TACKY

Politico - Ethics Complaints

Salon.com - The Dark Side of Huckabee

The thing is, I didn't have to look very hard for those links. There's a lot more where that came from.

Don't we all want somebody who has a track record of good behavior? You scratch the surface with Mitt Romney, and you just find more good stuff. Nominate Mitt Romney and the GOP's image problem goes away in one fell swoop. The branding problem where the GOP name has been dragged through the mud for the last 8 years... gone.

That's what I want.

10 comments:

Ben said...

I don't know about you...but, these seem like Skeletons to me......

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/

Republican Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is trying to accomplish in his final year in office what Democrats can only dream of these days: boosting government spending on and regulation of health care and requiring individuals to purchase government-designed policies. Romney's plan, which is backed by such liberals as Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, Mass.), is being pitched as a compact between citizens and the state.
- National Review Online, 1/26/2006

At least one Justice of the Peace, Linda Gray Kelley, was forced to resign for religious reasons because of the Romney Administration's strict requirement that Justices of the Peace perform same-sex marriages when asked or be fired.
Justice of the Peace resignation letter, Justice of the Peace Assoiation Newsletter, Summer 2004

ljpitcher said...

The old Flip-flop accusation is just that, old. Romney and his supporters have already debunked this myth that is still being propagated, largely on the part of the left I might add. Take the time to really watch the Meet the Press Interview with Tim Russert here at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/10005061#22283941 or read the transcript here at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22273924.

You can watch as Mitt Romney systematical debunks Russert's accusation of flip-flopping on every issue accept Abortion, which Romney explains in the interview, having already been explained again and again. And, since some just don't get it, in Romney's own words he explains his change of heart "I became governor and the theoretical became reality, if you will. A bill came to my desk which related to the preservation of life. In this case, it happened to be a, a bill that would authorize cloning, which was--as well as embryo farming--which would be creating new embryos for the purpose of, of research and then destroying them. And, and I brought in people from across the country to talk about this bill, from theologians to scientists, provost of Harvard University and others, and, and talked about it. And, and I, I recognized, as I went through that effort, that I simply could not be part of an effort that would cause the destruction of human life. And I didn't hide from that change of heart. I wrote an op-ed piece in The Boston Globe, described my view that I am pro-life, described why I had changed to become pro-life. I recognize it's a change. You can, you can find, you know, many, many instances of my indicating my position previous to that time of being effectively pro-choice. I didn't call myself pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. And, and, and that position changed. It changed at that point. And every piece of legislation which came to my desk in the coming years as the governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life." Sorry for the very long quote but in the face of such unrelenting criticism it is important to hear from Romney himself on the issue.

As you watch the interview you can see how Russert just ignores everything Romney said and stubbornly tries asserting the flip-flop label right up to the end. This is indicative of media on the left who must not be able to find anything else to pin on this guy as they keep pounding away at this in the face of the evidence. Romney himself points out at one point in the interview that if Russert had just done his research the evidence for Romney's consistency on many of these issues was in the same speeches that Russert pulled from to try promoting the flip-flop myth.

The link ben posted to is not run by conservatives but liberals. Now why would the left have such an interest in propagating this fallacy in the face of the evidence? This is not Huckabee, Giuliani, McCain or Thompson this is Tim Russert and many other liberals. It is because they have no other drum to pound on. They can't claim that he is ineligible for office because he is a Mormon. They are already to busy convincing us the Evangelicals have the corner on religious bigotry. They tried telling us that he is to plastic and unappealing to voters. The polls have said different for a long time now, as well as the many people who have seen and listened to Romney in person. The left will beat us with their flip-flops till there dying breath because for the moment it is the only thing of possible substance that might matter to Republican voters where Mitt Romney is concerned.

ljpitcher said...

ben - if that is the worst you can find on Romney you have just unintentionally proven the original posts point. Thanks

Big Jay said...

Ben,

Health insurance for everyone in Massachusetts without raising taxes. - Not a skeleton

Requiring that justices of the peace actually abide by the law. - Not a skeleton. Romney went about this the right way. Work to get the law changed. Think about this in the opposite scenario. Say, Hillary Clinton decides that justices of the peace need to do something that goes against the law but follows liberal ideology (say on guns, use your imagination) - wouldn't you rather she at least try to change the law first?

Come on.

Philosopher said...

What about these ones?

"Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents -- including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights, a Globe review of the nominations has found. Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats."
- Boston Globe 7/25/2005

"Romney was NOT bound to enforce same-sex marriages prior to legislative action. Yet Romney jumped the gun and needlessly advanced the homosexual agenda by granting the marriage rights without a fight. Furthermore, Romney still has the authority to reverse his actions via Executive Order before his term is out."

-Research & report on Romney and same-sex marriage in Mass.
For a legal review of Romney's implementation of same-sex marriage

Kathleen Henry, chairwoman of the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, defended Romney. Henry said the governor's fiscal 2006 budget plan included $250,000 for the commission, twice as much as he proposed spending in 2005. ''The fact that he doubled last year's [proposed budget allocation] this year is huge to us. It's really huge. It says to us clearly that he gets the service for what it really is," said Henry.
- Boston Globe 7/1/2005

* When Romney was running against Sen. Ted Kennedy, Bay Windows asked him how he would have voted on an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would ban federal funds from public schools which are “encouraging or supporting homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.” He answered:

"I would have opposed that amendment. I don’t think the federal government has any business dictating to local school boards what their curriculum or practices should be. I think that’s a dangerous precedent in general. I would have opposed that. It also grossly misunderstands the gay community by insinuating that there’s an attempt to proselytize a gay lifestyle on the part of the gay community. I think it’s wrong-headed and unfortunate and hurts the party by being identified with the Republican party."
- Bay Windows, 8/25/1994

Big Jay said...

Philosopher,

So in a state with 85% democrats Romney got 25% Republican judges, and only 45% registered Democrats. That doesn't sound like a liability in a general election.

It is not a platform in the GOP to discriminate against homosexuals. But this is disingenuous. Nobody fought harder than Romney in the last 10 years to stop the march of the liberal homosexual agenda.

Now, if Romney had been dosing young boys with drugs and having sex with them while he was governor, or any other time... That would be a skeleton.

Nick f said...

Look, I will support the candidate who gets the Republican nomination, but I am not willing to start settling just yet!

Fred Thompson’s campaign doesn’t excite me because he has the best network, or highest paid consultants. His campaign INSPIRES ME because I have a candidate who doesn’t force me to compromise my corps beliefs by casting a vote for him!

Romney and Huckabee with all their strong points require me to ignore issues which are near and dear to me.

Does anyone honestly believe that Romney would be touting his pro life/gun credentials if he was running for another term in Massachusetts?

Does anyone believe that Huckabee would really be tuff on crime or immigration when his record shows the opposite in Arkansas?

There is one conservative in this race whose record matches his rhetoric, one candidate whose presence and ability to articulate our principles makes him ideal for making our case to the nation, and that candidate is Fred Thompson.

I for one will not permit the media, of all things, to disregard a candidate who provides the greatest promise of a return to sound conservative governance.

So listen closely the next time you here someone running down Fred Thompson. You will notice that there is no mention of his policies or voting record, just the irrelevant claim that his campaign lacks “buzz” or “pizzazz” or whatever adjective the media has now deemed as critical to holding the highest office in the land.

Big Jay said...

I like Fred Thompson too.

I do want to point out that Mitt Romney does keep his campaign promises. I'll probably post about this in the next few days.

Anonymous said...

I like Fred Thompson also. A lot.

However, look at the tradeoffs.

My problem is that Fred lacks the stamina and drive to run for President, including the hour upon hour of campaigning, organizing, and fund raising that it will take to deal with a Clinton/Obama war chest in the General Election.

If you disagree, where is Fred's war chest? His organization?

Why does Fred spend so few hours in the necessary meet & greet activities that build loyalty at the base. The Presidency is nothing like a run for the Senate in a small population state.

While I like Fred a lot, I don't like his lack of commitment, to do the heavy lifting that will inspire the rank and file for months on end.

That's all part of the election process, and in a close race, it may be the winning edge.

nick f said...

Fred is currently on a 15 day us tour across Iowa.

And trying to compare Fred's campaign to Mitt or Giuliani's isn't exactly fair.

Mitt and Rudy are skilled campaigners with literally years of experience in Blue states!

Its very impressive, but I'm not voting for a candidate based off of their ability to campaign.

Now before I get to far, your point is well taken, and Fred has been working overtime lately to change that, but in the mean time what does it say about us when we are disregarding a candidate, largely based off of the medias labeling of it as lazy.

Remember too, Fred was drafted into this campaign, and I think that also carries weight.

In short, I'm tired of compromising on candidates. Romney made his ed when it comes to my lack of trust in his pro life, pro gun, pro small government positions.

If Fred wins in Iowa, if he does well in SC, it will make all the difference in this campaign. But that cant happen if people are going to judge Fred based off of nothing more than their perception of his "passion".

Look at his record, and who in their right mind puts them self through the rigor of a presidential election if they aren't passionate!

Ok...said my piece.

In the end, Ill support the republican candidate, I just really hope its Fred Thompson. I need a candidate I can believe in.