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Don’t Feed Us This Mitt Again

The GOP establishment contemplates political suicide.

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Tom Blumer

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January 20, 2014 - 10:30 pm
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Word has it that establishment Republicans are nearly in panic.

They fear that their 2016 presidential fave, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has become so tarnished by Bridgegate that his viability may be vanishing.

What they see in Christie mystified me a year ago. It still does. At a time when the country remains in a fake “recovery” and the nation nears insolvency, the party of non-leftists — though even that’s not clear anymore – is poised to pave the way for the guy in charge of the state which is in the worst overall financial condition is in the nation. The Garden State’s economy, where the seasonally adjusted labor force has contracted by 108,000 in the past 11 reported months while Household Survey employment has fallen by over 18,000, is moving in reverse.

In any event, the GOP powers that be are so worried that a legitimate conservative might end up winning the party’s presidential nominiation that some reportedly want to bring back Mitt Romney for yet another try.

Yes, I know that Romney has said ”we’re not doing that again,” and that his wife Ann “grabbed his head and gently shook it no” as he answered the interviewer’s question. But I also know that Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and scores of other politicians have made and broken “I won’t run” promises without suffering negative consequences.

Therefore, now is the time, once and for all, to set the historical record on Mitt Romney’s legal and political legacy straight, and to make the definitive case against his return.

Mitt Romney did more harm to conservatism and the constitution-based rule of law during his ten years in public life than any other individual in America who claims to be on our side – and he did it all despite never having held national office.

Romney’s betrayals as a governor and presidential candidate came in five poisonous flavors: healthcare; abortion; same-sex “marriage”; war on religion; and participation in, and encouragement of, authoritarian rule.

In Massachusetts, Commonwealth Care, aka RomneyCare, was the template for ObamaCare, up to and including the despised and patently unconstitutional (regardless of what John Roberts says) individual mandate. Yet Romney at one point in the 2012 campaign insisted that the individual mandate represents “the ultimate conservative plan.” There is no reasonable rebuttal to the contention of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, “who advised the Romney and Obama administrations on their health insurance programs,” that Romney is ObamaCare’s “intellectual father.” Gruber is now considered one of Obamacare’s key architects.

RomneyCare formalized the “right” to the state-funded abortions; copays ranged from zero to $50. Two previous state court rulings in favor of this alleged “right” were never turned into law as required — until RomneyCare did it, effectively end-running the U.S. Supreme Court-upheld Hyde Amendment barring the use of federal funds for abortions. Now Obamacare and its regulations “require individuals who purchase certain health insurance plans to pay an additional (invisible $1) monthly surcharge for abortion coverage” to “compel and deceive millions of Americans into directly subsidizing abortions.” Barring reversal in the courts, this guts the Hyde Amendment nationwide.

The damage done by Romney’s response to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s November 2003 Goodridge same-sex “marriage” ruling may never be undone.

The decision itself had and to this day still has no force of law under the separation of powers as prescribed in the Massachusett’s constitution. The court’s ruling, in telling the legislature that it had 180 days to “take such action as it may deem appropriate in light of this opinion,” admitted as much. The legislature did not pass any enabling legislation within that time frame. There was nothing wrong or illegal about this inaction, because ”by the very terms of the order, the Massachusetts legislature had discretion to do nothing.”

Romney’s constitutional duty was also to do nothing unless presented with legislation, which he could have then vetoed, in all likelihood summarily closing the matter. Instead, and to his eternal shame, when the 180-day mark arrived, he forced the state’s town clerks to begin granting “marriage licenses” to same-sex couples. In doing so, he violated his sworn oath as governor to uphold the state’s constitution.

It’s hard to imagine, but it gets worse. In late 2007, an act of accidental journalism at the New York Times revealed that Romney reacted to Goodridge as he did because he had promised Log Cabin Republicans in 2002 that if elected governor he would, in the Old Gray Lady’s words, “obey the courts’ ultimate ruling and not champion a fight on either side of the issue.”

Mitt Romney’s same-sex “marriage” betrayal turned an illegitimate decision into a precedent, putting supporters of traditional marriage permanently on the defensive. Now their fight is beginning to look futile.

President Obama knew that his opportunistic switch to supporting same-sex “marriage” during the 2012 campaign would get no pushback from Romney without opening up the entire can of worms just described. Because of Romney’s response to Goodridge, same-sex “marriage” is on the verge of becoming the de facto law of the land despite well over 30 statewide electoral rejections by the governed. Now it has become a topic which is virtually off-limits to public discourse. The politically correct enforcers assume that anyone who is against same-sex marriage is “anti-gay.” If you have the “wrong” opinion and say it in the “wrong” place, your livelihood will be in jeopardy.

If you’re looking for a proactive “war on religion,” Mitt Romney has been there and done that too, as we’ll flash back to on the next page.

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Why did anyone ever think that Romney was a conservative anyway? If you're getting elected as a Republican in Massachusetts, or most northeastern states for that matter, then you probably aren't much of a conservative. Christie, Scott Brown, Romney, the examples of RINOs from the Northeast is endless.
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Unless they present Jesus of Nazareth I am not voting the GOP ever again. I am waiting for a party that is willing to listen to Ronald Reagan, Russell Kirk, etc. The GOP (Gutless Old Pussies) is merely the right wing of the DemoRats.

NO MORE FALSE OPTIONS.
43 weeks ago
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I hope the establishment really IS that stooopid....another Romney candidacy will ensure that a true conservative will win the primaries and finally bust the establishment's stranglehold. Goodbye Rove, McConnell, Boehner, et al. The path for an articulate, AGGRESSIVE, true constitutional conservative - like Ted Cruz - to win the White House (and the Senate) will be nearly guaranteed if the old corrupt bastards try running that milquetoast loser again.....

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Can we just start calling these people the Kerry Wing of the Republican Party, or maybe the French Republicans, perhaps the Serrender Caucus...
43 weeks ago
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Great post, Scott! You hit the nail on the head by mentioning how pushing Amnesty thru (which the House RINOs are attempting to do) will destroy the GOP yet they seem to be going over that cliff. And, sadly, this issue (law and order) is completely missing from Tom Blumer's piece though he mentions "the rule of law". How about Romney's promise in the #2 Presidential debate to push thru his Grand Amnesty/Legal Immigration Plan in his first year? How about his championing a version of Mike Pence's "touchback Amnesty" since 2006? A non-law-and-order candidate cannot win The White House as a Republican.
43 weeks ago
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Republican "establishment?" Really? The word "establishment" connected with ANY political party would have the Founders rolling in their graves. They cautioned continuously about the danger of political parties. We are seeing the net result of their fears - The country being run by political elites in BOTH parties who make all the rules and enrich themselves at the expense of liberty. The only thing that will change this situation is term limits, because even the most well-intentioned candidates have been perverted once they have tasted power. Term limits won't happen, though because they also have control over this and limits of any kind are an anathema to them.
43 weeks ago
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Romney and the other RINOs are merely a symptom of the 40-55% of the Republican Party that would, in the words of the old cigarette ad, rather switch than fight. These people are scared of their own shadow. If someone told them we could win if we nominated Hillary Clinton she would be the frontrunner for the GOP.

Our party is full of cowards, in DC and back home. They keep playing by Mayberry Rules and think we lost because we didn't play by Mayberry Rules well enough. The country has changed. Prison Rules are now in effect. Nobody gives a rip how you felt about the Mayberry of your past or if you left your front door unlocked. Stop whining about what we threw away and fight the Dems and Ruling Class Republicans like the outcome is important, not like we are picking which flavor of ice cream to eat.

The commielibs didn't win by changing our minds. They got their people to vote to take your stuff. We can't compromise or surrender our way to victory with a candidate that is almost the same as the commielib candidate.

Our base would rather lose like polite gentlemen than win by fighting. You should stop taking pride in picking trash up around DC and let the GOP know you can also rent buses and show up on their lawn with an angry mob if they legalize millions of criminals or keep acting like commielibs.

This ain't Sunday School. It's power politics. When was the last time you called John Boehner's office? If you haven't been blocked you aren't trying hard enough.
43 weeks ago
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Amen to all that, well said. Beyond Mayberry rules are Queensberry Rules -- also now far too dainty for the job at hand.

The risk, as you know, is of another MyLai, of destroying the village to save it. But there are ways to minimize the danger and, probably, avoid it completely.

The starting point is to give no quarter to the sad bastards who've anointed themselves our elders and betters, and who are in the way. So let's get it on.
43 weeks ago
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He's god of his own planet and won't desire more.
43 weeks ago
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He may be bright but in the end he is a Moroni.

The fact that the GOP was willing to give the control of 25,000 nuclear warheads to someone who believe Sitting Bull was really a Jew should give anyone an idea of the kinds of fools that are in charge of the shop these days.

Let us begin to Mitt THE SINKER as a counterpoint to THE SWIMMER.
43 weeks ago
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If Mittens is crammed down our throats again, he will finish third.
43 weeks ago
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Can't you stop moaning about Romney? As if he were the only one responsible for his defeat. He had a hell of a lot of critics on the right who could have spent their energy supporting him, but no proving their ideologic superiority was more important.
43 weeks ago
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Because the Republican Party is a collective. Romney's failure is our collective failure. Romney isn't personally responsible for how he ran his campaign, who he chose to manage it, how he performed in debates and appearances. It's everyone else's fault.

Yep. Sounds like the reason the GOP needs to become the TPGOP.
43 weeks ago
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I don't know why you're worried about Romney. You don't seriously think that that silly, old Fourteenth Amendment is going to stop the Egomaniac-in-Chief, do you?
43 weeks ago
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Maybe a McCain / Romney ticket. Yep. Sounds like a winner to me.

I think these DC types are keeping all the good stuff to themselves to smoke.
43 weeks ago
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I would appoint Romney in a republican admin because I think he is very competent.
I just don't think he is the guy to push the "vision" thing.
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