Skip to comments.Mitt transition pick a red flag for conservatives
Posted on 06/04/2012 2:41:53 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
Over the weekend, Politico broke the news that Mitt Romney had tapped Mike Leavitt, the former Utah Governor and HHS Secretary under George W. Bush, to lead the transition effort should Romney win the presidency. This is a very worrisome signal to conservatives holding out hope that Romney will live up to his promises to fight for limited government if elected. As Ben Domenech details, Leavitt is one of the few Republicans who has been actively campaigning for governors to implement Obamacares health care exchanges at the state level.
Leavitt has shown time and again that he is to the left of his partyso much so that he was nearly defeated during the Republican nominating convention in 2000. The legislature has on many occasions pushed pro-growth tax policies, only to have them rejected by Leavitt. In  the legislature passed a $25 million tax cut that included income tax relief. Leavitt insisted on a tax cut one-fifth that size The only two taxes that he has reduced were the sales tax and the unemployment tax. Leavitt is a big spender extraordinaire.
Beyond the health care issue, theres the cronyism issue involved. One of the biggest dangers of a Romney CEO presidency is that his business background would make him conflate being pro-business with being pro-free market. But as weve seen time and again, these are two separate things. As somebody who stands to personally profit if more states implement Obamacare exchanges, Leavitt clearly comes from the tradition of a Republican Party thats perfectly okay with expanding government in the name of helping business. This is something we saw during the Bush administration, most prominently, with the subsidies for drug companies in the Medicare prescription drug law (which Leavitt helped implement ass HHS Secretary) and the Wall Street bailout.
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Romney’s liberalism should have been a red flag to conservatives. To late, so sad, to bad..........
But hey, that’s what you get with liberals, they like to hang out with other liberals.
Corporate crony or Mormon crony or both?
Is anyone surprised? What’s that old song about the woman who picks up a snake, cares for it, and the snake bites her anyway? In essence, the snake said, “I’m a snake. I bite. It’s my nature.”
Romney NEVER even gave lip service to conservatives during the primary’s. This pick should not surprise any conservative.
This is a very worrisome signal to conservatives holding out hope that Romney will live up to his promises to fight for limited government if elected.
It’s not hope, it’s self delusion.
Romney’s true colors showing through (not that I was fooled for one second).
But, but, anyone but Obama!
Yep. And a fellow Mormon insider, to boot.
I’ve said it before. I sure as hell don’t feel good about it, BUT I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ROMNEY.
Here we are, stuck with the worst President in history, who is determined to kill our country, and what does the GOP force on us but the worst Republican candidate in history?
I simply cannot vote for a gay activist, baby-killing, big government, narcissistic liar.
And apparently that’s what we are going to be stuck with on the top two lines of the ballot next fall.
The Massachusetts Republican Party died last Tuesday.
The cause of death: failed leadership.
The party is survived by a few leftover legislators
and a handful of county officials and grassroots activists
who have been ignored for years.
Services will be public and a mass exodus of taxpayers will follow.
In lieu of flowers, send messages to Republican voters
warning them about a certain presidential candidate named Romney.
- Boston Herald, 11/12/2006
"In 2006, while Romney was chairman of the National Republican
Governors Association - a group dedicated to electing more
Republican governors - his own hand-picked Republican successor
as governor lost badly to the Democrat, despite the fact that Republicans
have held the governorship in Massachusetts since 1990. Romney largely
ignored the Massachusetts elections and spent most of the time
during the campaign out of state building his presidential campaign.
He came back and publicly campaigned for the Republican candidate
the day before the general election!
Locally, this is a rebuke to Mitt Romney and checking out within six months
after being elected and having accomplished almost nothing,
[Jim] Rappaport [former chairman of the state Republican Party]."
- Boston Globe, 11/8/2006
"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 Rewards one of the State's Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge
Romney told the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2004, that the "real threat to the States is not the
constitutional amendment process, in which the states participate,
but activist judges who disregard the law and redefine marriage . . ."
Romney sounds tough but yet he had no qualms advancing the legal career of one
of the leading anti-marriage attorneys. He nominated Stephen Abany to a District Court.
Abany has been a key player in the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association which,
in its own words, is "dedicated to ensuring that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision
on marriage equality is upheld, and that any anti-gay amendment or legislation is defeated."
- U.S. Senate testimony by Gov. Mitt Romney, 6/22/2004 P>
"Romney announces he won't fill judicial vacancies before term ends
Despite his rhetoric about judicial activism, Romney announced that
he won't fill all the remaining vacancies during his term - but instead
leave them for his liberal Democrat successor!
Governor Mitt Romney pledged yesterday not to make a flurry of lame-duck
judicial appointments in the final days of his administration . . . David Yas,
editor of Lawyers Weekly, said Romney is "bucking tradition" by resisting the urge to
fill all remaining judgeships. "It is a tradition for governors to use that power to appoint judges
aggressively in the waning moments of their administration," Yas said.
He added that Romney has been criticized for failing to make judicial appointments.
"The legal community has consistently criticized him for not filling open seats quickly enough
and being a little too painstaking in the process and being dismissive of the input of the
Judicial Nominating Commission," Yas said.
- Boston Globe 11/2/2006
How could he as a prominent liberal politician while he was governor of Massachusetts?
Any lip service could only be lies.
Romney didn’t lie about who he was. Idiot voters who are in some kind of denile voted for this turd part II.
Romney didn’t lie about who he was. Idiot voters who are in some kind of denile voted for this turd part II.
>>> Romney NEVER even gave lip service to conservatives during the primarys.
Romney did pay lip service to the conservatives during the early stages of the primary.
He said to turst him he’s a conservative. It didn’t work and made him look ridiculous, so he quickly abandoned the ruse.
Mark Levin talking about this now.
It’s over. America is totally screwed. We either get shot in the face (Obama) or stabbed in the back (Mittens).
What is he saying? Don’t have him on right now.
It’s the RINO Way!
Leavit is a scary addition to Romne’s parade.
Also, how we need to work very hard to get Obama defeated and get Romney elected and then we have to work even harder after that to drag Romney to the right.
I thought Ann Coulter said she would keep him in line.
See my tagline. It is what it is.
“Corporate crony or Mormon crony or both?”
Both, and for a litte extra luster he was a Bush appointee as EPA administrator and subsequently Secretary of HHS.
There is no lateral Left versus Right struggle. There is a FedGov versus Americans vertical struggle, however.
First appointment, RINO Mormon, just like RINOmney.
Just the beginning.
....Even worse, with few conservative alternatives out there.
The only thing happening here is he is dragging a lot of so-called conservatives to the left.
Limbaugh, always the pragmatist, gave him a pass.. Saying Romney dictates policy, his transition manager doesn't. Mark Levin didn't. Levin rightfully pounded the choice, asking what kind of message it sends to conservatives...
It's 2 steps forward, 1 back... He needs to keep moving much more conservative, not less
Now you know fully well that Romney has a record of saying things just to pander to whomever he needs to get him from point A to point B without really meaning it.....what makes you think that he is really is moving conservative from the beginning? It’s fake
In most primaries Romney earned 1/3 or less of the vote. Conservatives split their vote among multiple candidates paving the way for Romney to win. Had it been a race from the beginning between Romney and a strong conservative, the Republicans would be running a conservative this year.
Votes do matter.
The words are Levin's, not mine.
And probably easier to drag Romney to the right than a reinvigorated Obama who doesn't have to run again.
Well, you didn't attribute them to anyone else, and you didn't use quotes.So, I appropriately addressed my comments to you.
Presidents who don't have to run again are generally called lame ducks, and historically accomplish little - especially if the have strong opposition in Congress.
Suppose, Obamacare is struck down this June. Do you really think Congressional Dems are going to want to go down that road a second time? I doubt it, but I can see Congressional Republicans taking a stab at passing an ill advised Romney plan.
See post #22, the post to which I was responding.
Okay, I got it. Sorry for directing the post to you.
Just last month liberal Mitt promised us gay couples adopting.
Why is revived obamacare out of the man a surprise?
I know....because he fought strongly against a similar plan in Massachusetts and prevailed! (/sarcasm)
Crony Communist, plus the above.
#1: Vote Obama Out, Out, Out.
#2: Vote conservative candidates into the US House and US Senate.
if when Romney tacks hard left, impeach him (he's a white Republican; he can be impeached).
There is no red flag here or even a pink flag. This is like worrying about the beliefs of the moving company. Rush was all over this today and is satisfied that there is no policy coming from Leavitt.
But worry on.
Good luck. Monomaniac Diogenesis (check his posting history) is all over this and will keep the lie alive.
Seriously? I don't know a single conservative that expects romney to be anything more than what he's always been. A globalist liberal in sheep's clothing. As a "Conservative" nothing romney does surprises me. I know his record and I also know that a leopard cannot change his spots. A scorpion is a scorpion and romney is a snake.
This is no coincidence.
There is no damned difference between you and Obama. You ran left of Kennedy. You ran from Reagan. You declared yourself a Progressive. You are proving yourself to be just another Damn Obama with this appointment.
I REJECT YOU.
Shame on you and shame on the RNC for letting you, a Damn ObamaLite POS win the Republican Nomination.
The transition plan will be Romney’s transition plan, not Mike Leavitt’s. Leavitt’s company has been hired to consult Romney on implementing Romney’s plan.
So, I will wait and reserve judgement regarding that plan until I see what Romney actually proposes and does, as opposed to projecting a plan that fits a pre-conceived notion of what someone expects that the man may do...particularly of that pre-concieved opinion fits a particular individual’s or group’s stated negative agenda about Romney...wther from the liberals or conservaitves who refuse to consider the man.
Perhaps Leavitt’s company is simply very good at organizing and putting together methodlogies and project oriented implementation steps to meet the stated goals and plans of those who hire him...perhaps that is the reason he has been hired.
Until we see what Romney actually proposes and does, all of this hand wringing, and “I told you so,” is just conjecture, and possibly political posturing around an agenda...nothing more.
What exactly does the “transition team” do? Will Leavitt be in charge of replacing all the R’s on the White House keyboards and putting real lightbulbs back in the WH offices after Obama’s crew replaces them with fluorescent crap?
Okay, I’m joking, but really — will this guy be making or implementing any policy?? Or is he just a beaurocrat doing beaurocratic stuff? It sounds to me like this is a “Utah” perk, just a bone to throw to the Utah crowd, rather than any real polical statement on Romney’s part. (Just a guess, of course.)