Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Making Mitt Romney: How to fabricate a conservative... and other Romney Reads

Making Mitt Romney:How to fabricate a conservative 

By Ken Silverstein
Earlier this year, the Boston Globe obtained a copy of an internal campaign PowerPoint presentation that outlined Romney’s strengths and weaknesses as he embarked on his presidential bid. One page—entitled “Primal Code for Brand
Romney”—explained that Romney should market himself as a foil to such Massachusetts liberals as Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, and also run against such “enemies” as Hollywood, France, and “moral relativism.” Problems identified by the campaign included the perception that Romney would not make a tough wartime leader and the possibility that voters would be spooked by his Mormon religion.
The presentation also acknowledged the problematic view that Romney is a “phony” and a “political opportunist”; but that view is due at least in part to the fact that by any reasonable standard it’s true. The basic contours of his opportunism are by now fairly well known. During Romney’s unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate against Edward Kennedy in 1994, he espoused liberal beliefs on a number of social issues. A politically damaging clip from a campaign debate that year has surfaced, inevitably, on YouTube; it shows Romney posing as an advocate for gays, women, and minorities, and—in perhaps his gravest sacrilege—distancing himself from the political legacy of Ronald Reagan.
Romney, Brent Bozell wrote the day after the debate in a piece for UPI, had “demonstrated very clearly . . . that he has more in common with liberal Democrats than he does with Conservatives.”
Romney A Conservative at Heart? - Red State 

Posted by Tom Jefferson 
 "if you want to tell me he’s the most electable and thus you’re supporting him based on that dynamic alone fine, I think you’re full of horse sh** but at least you gave me a reason that could be argued one way or another. But to sit there and try to convince me that the former governor is a true conservative and he only abandoned his conservatism because he had to win in deep blue Massachusetts well, I’m not going to buy that item my friend.

Here’s the thing, you think Scott Walker in deep blue Wisconsin left his conservative principles at the front door when he ran in 2010? What does it say about Scott Walker who’s catching mad hell right now, fighting off a recall election, and Democrat attack dogs when he stood by his conservative beliefs in the face of opposition as opposed to Mitt Romney who perhaps like a political coward made the decision to run away from his conservative beliefs when he ran for governor in Massachusetts? I mean would that not make Romney a coward or do I have this whole thing wrong? If Scott Walker ran as a small government conservative in an equally deep blue state then why couldn’t Romney?

The most laughable thing I heard from a Romney supporter was when Man Coulter had the balls to say that Mitt Romney was the most conservative candidate in the race. Now I understand whoring yourself out for Romney because your hatred for Obama is such that you desperately want to replace him with a guy who isn’t all that different from him other than the fact that one has an “R” by his name and the other a “D”, but come on bra, don’t play us like we’re brain dead."

Romney Ramps Up Efforts To Attract Social Conservatives - NPR
GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is reaching out to social conservatives in a new way. At a rally in the gym at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., Monday night, Romney rolled out some new material: the rights given to people by God.
"I am just distressed as I watch, as I watch our president try and infringe upon those rights," Romney said to the capacity crowd. "The first amendment of the Constitution provides the right to worship in the way of our own choice."
Romney cited a Supreme Court case related to the firing of a teacher at a religious school, and a recent decision by the department of Health and Human Services to require religious institutions like schools and hospitals to cover birth control pills as part of the insurance provided to employees.
That includes "contraceptives, morning-after pills — in other words, abortive pills," Romney said, venturing into territory he typically doesn't address on the campaign trail.
  "Think what that does to people in faiths that do not share those views. This is a violation of conscience. We must have a president who is willing to protect America's first right — a right to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience," Romney said.



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