Straw, Meet Camel

“Though the care and management of five bright and typical boys was the primary focus of Ann Romney’s life, she was always deeply involved in her husband’s business and political career and in the public life that almost inevitably accompanies substantial business success.” From Hugh Hewitt’s hagiography A Mormon In the White House?, page 83.

“It was also the persuasiveness of a talented and energetic spouse who saw an opportunity for her husband to get beyond his very successful business career into a public life . . . . Jim Davies, Ann’s brother, describes his sister as a mover behind the 1994 Senate bid against Kennedy as well.” Id. at 87.

“”Her contributions are for her and not for me,” Romney said before a campaign appearance in Iowa. “Her positions are not terrible relevant to my campaign.” Romney volunteered that wife, Ann, is now one of the heads of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, a leading anti-abortion group.” SOURCE.

“[Kevin Madden] said the check was written from the Romneys’ joint checking account, but she signed it and the contribution came from her, Madden said. Mitt Romney has not donated to the group, Madden said.” SOURCE.

Count me unimpressed. At the time I reviewed Hugh Hewitt’s book, I wrote, “Like Hewitt, were the election held today, I would vote for Mitt Romney, but unlike Hewitt, I am not very passionate about the former governor and have, over time, developed some qualms about him.” As late as last week, in email correspondence between friends, I said the same.

I can no longer say that. It is not because Ann Romney gave money to Planned Parenthood. It is because this is the straw that broke the camel’s back — one light piece of straw piled on a mountain of political opportunism and reckless vacillation.

On October 7, 2001, President Bush told the nation, ” We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.” I can no longer trust that Mitt Romney has a spine strong enough not to go wobbly with it becomes convenient.

Were the election held today, who’d get my vote? The man I said I would never vote for — John McCain. Of course, I’d prefer this option.

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  • I don’t have a candidate yet, and I am waiting for Fred Thompson to enter the race too, but Republicans in this country are doing such a good job of self-destruction, we don’t need any help from the Dems. First, it’s John McCain who gets shown the door b/c of McCain-Feingold. Honestly folks, this is where being politics junkies hurts us, making us think “other people” really care about this; I promise you, it’s very far down the list of issues voters care about. Gang of 14? It got us Pryor, Rogers-Brown, Owen, Roberts and Alito on the courts – the judges Democrats most opposed. That was a victory for Republicans. Democrats essentially blinked first, yet we hold it against McCain.

    Now it’s on to Romney. Opportunism and vacillation? John Kerry flip flopped b/c he voted for one bill and against the next within WEEKS. B/c he had two separate letters both supporting and opposing the first Gulf War, at the SAME TIME! Mitt Romney made pro-choice statements 13 years ago! 13!!!Maybe you can even say 4 years ago in 2002, nevertheless, that was 4 years ago! Have you never evolved in your thinking in the past 13, 4 or even 2 years? I have, and I think all intellectually honest people have. Heck, there have been times when I’ve read a single book or article that completely changed my way of thinking on an issue. To pretend that thats somehow opportunism and vacillation does nothing more than promote intellectual shallowness and a lack of curiousity – something we need more than ever from our leaders. Taking two different positions simultaneously or near-simultaneously is opportunism and vacillation. Moving one way or another on an issue over time is not called opportunism, it’s called “normal.”

    Fred Thompson made statements years ago that could be construed as pro-choice, or at least not very pro-life. Is he never allowed to change his mind? B/c he has – yet that doesn’t seem to bother you. Republicans need to stop taking themselves so seriously and lose the ego.