You didn't know that Massachusetts has always preferred republican governors (until the Romney disaster), or that Mitt Romney, the anti-Reagan, anti-Jesse Helms, anti-flat tax, anti-Contract with America liberal, names William Weld as his political hero.
Right now, you seem ready to admit that Romney truly is the liberal that I describe, **"" Weld, Celluci and Swift were all social liberals - making my point for me. Abortion, homosexuality, gun control. You just blow off insights like this.""**
Romney is proof, that there is no limit, the left has defeated the core American people.
Romney sometimes compares his pro-life conversion to that of President Ronald Reagan. Its not a perfect comparison, but there are some remarkable similarities. Like Romney, Reagan was the Republican governor of a pro-choice state who faced the prospect of enacting a law that would lead to the destruction of innocent human life.
Just a few months into his term as governor of California in 1967, Reagan signed the Therapeutic Abortion Act, which permitted abortion when the mental or physical health of the mother was endangered or when statutory rape had occurred.
It was a liberal law, especially for that time, and the mental and physical health exceptions became loopholes that led to a surge in Californias abortion rate. But the laws effects also led to a change in Reagan. As Dinesh DSouza wrote in “Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader”:
[Reagans] subsequent private correspondence shows he was genuinely shocked by the magnitude of abortions under the new law. His subsequent correspondence suggests that he was intensely grieved by this outcome. Edwin Meese, a senior aide, told me that Reagans regrets over his role in promoting abortion on demand in California may have intensified his pro-life convictions and led him, as a presidential candidate, to support measures like the human life amendment, which would establish a blanket prohibition on abortion.
Like Reagan, Romney is a contrite convert, referring to his past support for Roe as his lifes defining mistake. When challenged about his previous support for abortion in a Republican debate in December, he said I changed my mind Im firmly pro-life sometimes Im wrong.
Mitt Romney displays humility and gratitude in discussing his evolution on abortion. Skeptical pro-lifers should do the same in embracing him.
Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer is president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, and served for 8 years in the administration of President Ronald Reagan, including a stint as Reagans domestic policy adviser.