Resigning Yourself to Romney: A Guide for the Disgruntled
(2) Even if one agrees, as I do, that Romney has been an energetic flip-flopper, and may well say whatever he thinks it takes to get elected, he is now running as a conservative. The platform on which he runs will be a conservative one. Platforms aren't binding, but they aren't meaningless, either. Presidents usually do try to do what they promise to do. Sharp departures are not unknown once in office, but these usually come in response to major and unexpected events -- e.g., the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or the Islamist attacks on 9/11.
"Trojan horse" presidencies, in which the candidate promises one thing and then knowingly and deliberately shifts entirely once in office, are unknown in U.S. presidential history. In a worst-case scenario, even if Romney were such an unprecedented president, to accomplish his goals, he would still need the support of the Republicans in Congress and they’re not known for their leftist tendencies.
(3) Within the federal government, policy is made by more than one person. Within the executive branch, the president is the most important of them, of course, and he appoints the second-most-important officials. But here’s the rub, for a hypothetically secretly leftist Romney: his appointees will come from a specific pool of plausible candidates and that pool, for the next Republican president, consists of conservatives. Even if Romney is a leftist in his heart of hearts, the men and women making policy decisions throughout the executive branch will be conservatives.
(4) The choice on November 6, 2012, will not be not between a conservative’s dream candidate and Obama, but between Romney and Obama. The situation is akin to that of the two pals sitting at a campfire in Wyoming when a seven-foot grizzly bear suddenly appears out of the darkness. One man rises and begins to run. “Why even try escaping him? No one can outrun a grizzly” says the other man. “I’m not trying to outrun the grizzly, pal” his fleeing friend replies, “I’m just trying to outrun you.”
It appears that the Republican nominee trying to outrun Obama will be Romney. Someone will be president from January 2013 until January 2017. That someone can only be Obama or Romney. A conservative who disdains Romney and refuses to vote for him is effectively voting for Obama.
Anyone who thinks an unfettered Obama, governing without a care in the world about reelection, will not intensify his flagrant attack on the Constitution of the United States and won’t continue arrogantly to disregard the wishes of the American people on Obamacare is making a major mistake.
The incumbent -- with his rejection of the spirit of our nation and its history; his bowing to the dictators of Saudi Arabia and China while insulting our most dependable allies; his egregious judgment on the economy, foreign policy, national security, defense, the judiciary, and the administration of justice; his adamant refusal to understand the threat posed by Iranian nuclear weapons, to mention only a fraction of his deficiencies -- will continue his unconscionable rampage against all that's precious to conservatives unless he is stopped. And the only man who stands a chance of stopping him is Willard Mitt Romney.
Whatever Romney is, in his heart of hearts, here's what he isn't: he isn't Barack Obama.
-- Belladonna Rogers