Skip to comments.What's Wrong With Romney?
Posted on 10/07/2011 4:32:34 AM PDT by Kaslin
Two new sets of Republicans are feeling deflated today -- the Chris Christie hopefuls and the Sarah Palin stalwarts. The Christie decision didn't surprise me, perhaps because I grew up in Jersey. In fact, Christie and I attended the same high school! Anyway, Jerseyans are many things (not all of them nice), but slick dissemblers we are not. When Christie said, repeatedly, and in ever more colorful terms, that he wasn't running, I believed him. And, while I understand the boomlet for him, I'm also a little relieved to see that he is indeed a truthful guy.
Sarah Palin, by contrast, has finally dropped the longest tease in the history of presidential politics. Her bus tours, her visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, her coy references to the importance of finding just the right candidate to challenge Obama (prompting predictable chants of "Run Sarah Run" from her audience), and her refusal to say whether she was in or out of the race. She could use some Jersey straight talk.
Still, there are a few diehards out there who cannot quite relinquish the pursuit of a knight errant. No sooner did Gov. Christie reconfirm that he will not be running for president than some of the great mentioners began to whisper that the "big donors" are encouraging Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to make the race.
Sheesh. It is no reflection on Cantor to say that this is beginning to look desperate and even a little pathetic. I confess to having participated, to a point, by urging first Gov. Mitch Daniels (choir sounds please) and then Rep. Paul Ryan to run. But those pleas were in December 2010 and August 2011. It's too late now. The first primaries are only a few weeks away. (Bad move Florida, but oh, well.) Preparing to run a presidential race is just too complex. It takes months (and sometimes years) to assemble the local activists (also called the ground game), the money, the advisors, the advertising team, the speechwriters, the advance men and the other necessities of modern campaigning.
Additionally, the candidate him or herself has to bone up on dozens of issues so as not to be caught flat-footed in debates (some of the current crop neglected that part). No one can do all of that at this late date.
So realistically, we have our field of candidates, and we're going to have to settle for one of them.
Yes, settle. I'm disappointed too that my favorites decided to sit this out. And I wish the Palestinians really wanted peace, that Vladimir Putin were a democrat and that the San Andreas Fault would go quiet. But part of being a conservative, I believe, is taking the world as you find it and dealing with it.
So, how do we feel about Romney? A year ago, I made the bold prediction that he was going nowhere. Romneycare, I believed, would prove a millstone around his neck, and he would be unable to recover from it.
I was wrong about how much of a role health care would play in the race. Obamacare remains important, but as a part of the larger issue of the failing economy. And Romney is widely perceived to be strong on economic issues.
Romney has also proved very fortunate in his adversaries. First Tim Pawlenty swung and missed (or, actually, failed to swing). Then Perry stumbled in attempting to recite Romney's past flip-flops. It's as if some Harry Potter figure has placed a charm on Romney, causing toads to fall from his opponents' mouths when they open them -- or making them produce gibberish.
To be fair, Romney, who was a good candidate in 2008, has become an excellent one in 2012. He's knowledgeable, unflappable and dignified. He doesn't frighten Independents, and he may be the Republican Party's strongest nominee -- and we simply must win in 2012.
But for Romney to overcome the hesitation among conservatives, he needs to shed his excessive caution and boldly embrace a platform of profound reform. This is an epochal political year, pitting competing governing philosophies against one another in the starkest match-up since 1980. On entitlements, the great anchor dragging down the ship of state, Romney has been vague and timid.
Romney's literature promises to repeal Obamacare, yet his proposed reforms are not so much a bold departure from the top-down Obama approach, as a promise to be a better manager. His website promises "Mitt will use limited federal regulation to correct common failures in insurance markets, while eliminating counterproductive federal rules." It's proposals like that that make our hearts sink.
Should we start a pool on when Mona will discover Herman Cain?
Another author trying to ignore Cain away.
No fan of Romney but never a fan of Mona Charen!
RINO maroon of the William Kristol School of politics! uggh!
Romney is not an option!
Romney supported Obama’s stimulus.
Romney was anti-Reagan.
Romney supported gun control.
Romney supported abortion.
Romney supported single-payer healthcare.
Romney should be running in the Dem primary, not ours!
Romney will fold like McCain and give us another 4 of dumbass. Not that Romney would be much better.
My tagline describes what’s wrong with Rmoney.
Romney is a LOSER with a capital LOSE.
Republicans don’t even need to be saying his name.
Romney is the Lame Stream Media’s candidate. We must make it clear to the GOP not to nominate Romney
wasn’t Romney also pro homosexual agenda and homo marriage?
Mona, the real question is “What, if anything, is RIGHT with Romney?”
Well, for starters, he's a liberal.
He needs to flip-flop again? Yeah, that'll convince us! Words, just words...
FOX keeps pushing him for sure.
Megyn Kelly and others push the homosexual agenda, hell she even has some freak on her show now who bobs her head like the pep boys AD and just makes silly looks.
Hannity ignores social issues
The five is pathetic
O.R. just another gobshite
Beckel and others on FOX all the time
Yep no wonder FOX pushes Romney and why the media have no problem if he wins
as far as what is worng with romney.... how about EVERYTHING! He is not what we need to elect to the Presidency. He is the wrong man at the wrong time. Should he win the repiblican nomination I will not vote for him. I will vote 3rd party and then look at finding how well I speak spanish before moving south... far to the south... thinking maybe brazil.
That depends. Which election cycle are we talking about?
“I made the bold prediction that he was going nowhere.”
I’ll second that...
Where they don't speak Spanish.
what’s wrong with romney? one word: romneycare. that permanently disqualified him in my book. it isn’t what you do in the limelight that defines you, it’s what you do when nobody’s watching.
Same tire different tread.
Brazilians speak Portuguese, guy.
—...he needs to shed his excessive caution and boldly embrace a platform of profound reform...—
What’s one more flip-flop? ;-p
I see the Romney campaign FedEx'd a new pair of kneepads to Mona. Her old ones had to be wearing out from overuse.
Romney was a crappy candidate in 2008 and nothing has changed. He still flip-flops. Still shows no core principles other than his own pursuit of power. Maybe a Beltway hack like Mona thinks that's not a big deal. But for those of us in the hinterlands who thinks words should have meaning, well, it tells us all we need to know about Romney. And Mona.
I think the only republicans that don’t really like the choices we have are the ones that want the RINO status quo.
We have everything we are looking for in Cain, with Perry a distant second followed by Romney, AKA Dole III.
I’m extremely comfortable with Cain, partly because I trust him to employ good advisors and make good decisions.
He talks out of both sides of his mouth.
He is a RINO. He is to the left of BUSH.
I would have to holf my breath when pulling the lever for him. No different than McCain.
I could go on and on.....
I’ll take Romney over Ron Paul and Obama.
Fox is heading down the toilet hole. That Juan Williams lies as much as Obama.
I only listen to talk radio now. I will not subject myself to the agenda of TV pundits.
A lot of poeple won’t vote if Romney is the GOP candidate.
He's slick, out of touch, doesn't seem to have any principles that he's willing to go to the mat over, and has no real specific solutions to the problems this country is facing that he's willing to outline. Plus there's that thing with his dog. How's that for a start?
This author may think that the public isn’t remembering Romneycare anymore-—but she is wrong.
Many of the Republicans where I live are still livid about his signing that bill.
I, for one, think Romney is too slick by half. He isn’t really addressing hard questions. When asked about the Wall Street protestors, he said “ I don’t know about that. I am trying to get into the White House”. A lame answer if I ever heard one.
I will NEVER vote for Romney. IMO, he will be the Ross Perot of the 2012 election if the GOP Old Guard push him onto us.
I am also tired of the Republican ‘establishment’ of the elite East Coast choosing a candidate I am supposed to hold my nose & vote for. My nose is still hurting from John McCain.
I will not be supporting Romney at the caucus but I'd rather have him than Ron Paul.
No way he will get a landslide. That multimillionaire rich Republican who has never had to worry about getting a job or paying his car payment should not be the face of he Republicans.
No way Obama is going to roll over and die. The day this guy becomes the nominee the dems will begin to show everyone all the evils of Mitt Romney. Conservatives will be so demoralized by election day they may not even show up.
McCain is actually right of Romney although we dislike both intensely.
If you take Romney, you’ll get Obama, imo.
Romney can’t beat Obama’s Chicago political machine.
Romney can’t even argue with Obama about Obamacare, because Romney loves the idea.
Palin definitely teased it out for a long time and probably misled quite a few believing souls. In the end, she did just what she did in AK--walked away.
It's possible that she originally intended to run, but that circumstances gave way under her feet. Either the poll numbers, or possibly her family relations. That would explain the delay and somewhat abrupt statement.
I ruled out Christie and Palin a long time ago. I forced myself to see the field as is. I saw a lot of people repeating the 2008 self-denial, refusing to believe that what you see is what you get. And I can understand why. As in 2008, it's a hard swallow to accept that this is the best the GOP or the Tea Party has to offer.
Romney sits as the last resort default choice. No one likes him, which is why people like Charen were pining for Daniels ( I liked him too, though he also has his flaws), or Christie, or Ryan, etc.
Meanwhile, the Tea Party went from Bachmann, then some went to Perry, and now perhaps coalescing around Mr. National Sales Tax. Shades of Sharon Angle.
The big story to me is that the GOP and conservatives in the Tea Party have utterly failed to put up a solid, experienced, talented leader.
You’re right. And at this point, same end result in the primaries.
Why is Romney going to repeal Obamacare?
He invented it.
I’m not sure Romney is going to do well in the South. In some respects he may be considered another Kerry.
Yeah, I thought she was better than that -- so many columns over the years ruminating on social issues and coming down on the side of social conservatives. Maybe she's getting Peggy-Noonanish in middle age?
Being the “Lame Stream Media’s candidate” is what I’ve been thinking too. It reminds me of Bob Dole, and more lately, John McCain. McCain could do no wrong until he became the Republican candidate. Then, the media turned on him, and he could do no right. If it hadn’t been for Sarah Palin, he would have been crushed. Déjà vu
If Romney gets the nomination, I will be happy to vote for him and against Obama—it’s a no brainer.
You may be right about that.
Mona was for Mitt back in 2008 as well. So this is nothing new for her.
We need a Scott Walker (my governor)-type candidate to get in there and start leveling things. We need a destroyer of liberalism...not someone who justs wants to manage the welfare state better. Sure, Romney would be far better than Obama. But there are other candidates who would be better than Romney.