The GOP Catastrophe
By Jessica Walworth
I am an ex-Mormon—but, that’s not why I don’t support Mitt Romney as the Republican Presidential Candidate for 2012.
Though it is hard to separate what I know about Mormonism’s view of religion’s role in politics, Romney has neither my vote nor my support.
And yet realistically, especially after last night’s GOP debate in Michigan, Romney is the 2012 GOP candidate.
Look at the other leading candidates:
Cain? He has been caned—and I do apologize for the pun.
Not only has his 9-9-9 Plan become more of a punch-line than a serious consideration, but also he used Mark Block taking a drag on national TV as a campaign commercial. Plus, Cain has the whole current-sexual-harassment-accusations against him. Regardless if those allegations disappear, the stigma won’t.
Then Perry. Oh, Perry. It can’t be put better than Erick Erickson’s analysis on redstate.com: “Perry, who came out principled and fiery with a record others could only envy, has left [voters] with the impression that he’s a poor man’s version of the village idiot.”
Perry is done. Not only did he prove anything but eloquent in almost every GOP candidate debate, [the leading example being last night’s debate: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/45248551] but also the man has yet to come across as sincere. It’s one thing to misspeak, but it’s a different issue when a candidate appears to be reciting poorly memorized policy—especially when the policy promises to end thousands of jobs and dislodge millions of dollars.
And there was that stint where Perry—Mr. Harsh-Immigration-Policy—called Governor Romney out for his “weak” immigration stance while knowingly employing illegals.
Please note: I am not opposed to his employing illegals—I am opposed to hypocrisy.
So, once again, the GOP nominee will be the winner of the political game “Best of the Worst.” The 2012 election will come down to President Obama against another non-conservative Republican.And I am going to predict that the non-conservative Republican will be Governor Mitt Romney.
Actually, in Romney’s case, the label non-conservative is not even close to being a strong enough term.
In 2008, John McCain’s campaign released a 200-page, single-spaced account of Mitt Romney’s changing positions on issues. [See: http://bit.ly/sTeisJ] This is not only an account of different platforms Romney has run under the auspices of, but also an account of Romney’s voting record.
This analysis shows that Romney is both unprincipled and potentially the most indecisive candidate to run—GOP or Democratic—in at least 20 years. While Americans may be done with the recession, and unemployment, and foreign policy, and other recent reforms, they will forgive Obama before they trust a flip-flopping candidate like Romney.
I was too young to vote in the 2004 Presidential Election, but I remember it well. The week before Election Day, teachers, administrators, and a large majority of students at my public high school, united in the “Flip-Flop Movement.” Everyone wore flip flops to call John Kerry out for his flip-flop stance on the War Against Terrorism in Iraq. That was one change of stance on one issue. How is the voting populace going to react to Romney’s history?
For the GOP to win the 2012 election, the Republican candidate is going to have to epitomize the conservative ideal and stand in stark contrast to our incumbent President.
Voters may not like Obama—but if they have to choose between President Obama, whose polices have generally been consistent, and Governor Mitt Romney, a wild card with a history of instability and indecisiveness, who will they choose?