Mitt Romney’s campaign manager did not simply make a gaffe when he said the campaign would reset, like an etch a sketch. He hit a meme that defines Romney. Romney will erase anything he has said in the past as long as it will get him votes today.
While Romney has been all for drilling and lowering prices as a candidate, what he did as governor was far different.
He is calling for Obama to fire his Energy secretary, EPA administrator, and Interior secretary, saying they are to blame for high prices at the pump. “No question in my mind that these—I call them the gas-hike trio—that those three are on a mission to drive up the price of gasoline and all energy so that they can finally get their solar and their wind to be more price-competitive. That’s what they want to do,” Romney said on Monday.
Curiously overlooked, though, is just what a shift this rhetoric is from the approach that Romney took on the issue of gas prices while governor of Massachusetts. Befitting his profile as a moderate Republican who cared about the environment, Governor Romney responded to price spikes by describing them as the natural result of global market pressures and by calling for increases in fuel efficiency—the same approach that he now derides Obama for taking as president.
At moments, Romney went so far as to make high gas prices out to be a welcome reality for the foreseeable future, one that people needed to learn to live with. When lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, a fellow Republican, called for suspending the state’s 23.5 cent gas tax during a price spike in May 2006, Romney rejected the idea, saying it would only further drive up gasoline consumption. “I don’t think that now is the time, and I’m not sure there will be the right time, for us to encourage the use of more gasoline,” Romney said, according to the Quincy Patriot Ledger’s report at the time. “I’m very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay.”
When Romney was a governor, he was a liberal. He liked the high gas prices, just like Obama likes them. When he had the chance to give consumers some relief from high gas prices, he acted just like a liberal.
This is nothing new for the etch a sketch man. He does not want us to think about anything other than what he is saying today. That is why the etch a sketch meme is resonating. It is so true about Mitt Romney. He literally erases what he has said or more importantly what he has done, depending on the day.
When are the Republicans going to buy a clue? Romney is as liberal as Obama. He is not an anti-American Marxist like Obama but his policies are just the same. There is a reason why former Romney advisors went to work for the Obama Regime.
Romney is the candidate who cannot beat Obama. If for some reason Obama managed to lose the campaign, there would be almost no noticeable change from the Obama Regime to a Romney administration.
We have not had a conservative Republican nominee since Reagan. How many times does the GOP shove moderates or liberals down our throat before we do something about it? There is a reason why we all look back to the glory days of Reagan. We do not look to the glory days of George H.W. Bush. There weren’t any. Nor do we look to the glory days of Bob Dole, George W. Bush or John McCain.
Unless we can deadlock the convention and force the issue, we are totally screwed by Mitt Romney. We conservatives have a choice. Either we get serious and take over the GOP or we go to another party. If Romney gets the nomination, he becomes the de facto leader of the party. Don’t look for conservatives to have any influence with the party. It will be more of the same northeastern RINOs who have given us such winners as John McCain and Bob Dole in the past.
Romney may be close to the point where he actually locks up the nomination. When that happens, look for the true Mitt Romney to show his colors.
Since Romney is a liberal, trust me, we conservatives won’t like it.
I will dislike a Romney presidency BUT chances are that he won't appoint justices like Ginsberg, Sotomayer and Breyer to the Supreme court. I am coming to terms with the fact that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Santorum the guy in 2nd place would have to win 70% of the remaining delegates to win, unlikey at best. Romney needs to only win 40% of the delates yet to be won.. Gingrich and Paul are so far behind that it is virtually impossible for them to win.
Since Romney is the likely nominee, the Tea Party must push for Allan West, or Rand Paul as VP choice. We will need a conservative pushing Romney right if he takes the White House. BTW, exit polls have shown that Romney IS receiving a good portion of the Tea Party vote.
Coming to terms or playing the gutless RINO coalescence tricks. Doesn't work on me. I am with NEWT. Fresh out of balls here, but do I need to loan you an ovary? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARnzBOkKAiE
I love a good debate as much as anyone, but can we please have a discussion without having to resort to crude, nasty attacks on other members?
Obviously your candidate of choice is Newt. Great! I prefer him myself. But in order to get a better handle on your argument, I have one question for you: Should it turn out that Mitt Romney indeed does become the Republican nominee, do you intend to vote for him?
Should Romney make the right choice for VP, there is the potential to rally the base as Palin did for McCain, but that's about it. The job of keeping Romney on the right track will fall to the Republicans in Congress. This election is as much about getting as many Constitutionally conservative Republicans in both houses as possible as it is about getting a Republican president.
Should Romney be the nominee, and it certainly is looking that way, then our next course of action should be to turn our attention to ridding Congress of Dems and spineless Republicans and replacing them with Tea Party candidates.
Yes, and when you look at ROmney's track record of picking judges in Massachusetts it should scare the hell out of you.
Or is it proof of Mittens lightweight demeanor and debate cowardice? If it looks like a duck and is as ineffective as a choir duck, it might be Mittens.
I just voted and when I saw the poll results I was appalled - What all the people that took the poll are sayting is that they'd rather have four more years of Obama than Romney - he's not my first choice either - but he's a far cry from clown ears - soehow Judson - you better convince your following of the same thing
There is no difference between Mittens and Obama! WTH is wrong with you? I am not throughing my priciples out the window and I sure as hell am not bowing down to Soros candidates, Not Mitt, Not Obama. I am with NEWT.
I will NOT be convinced that Mitt is anything other than he is, a left wing moderate liberal. He is not my first choice, Sarah was. Newt is my second choice. Everyone says they don't like Mitt, my question is, what the heck are they doing voting for him then?. It is those people who are giving him the chance at the nomination. People who are "going along" with the RNC's propaganda on their "golden boy:. THIS is WHY. Democrats voting for Romney? HUH?? The only reason liberals will vote for Romney is so they can beat him in November, and no, that is not a stretch, and those that are really backing him are backing him because they are comfortable with his liberal side, not his pseudo conservative side. Judson, I need no convincing, neither do any of Newt's other supporters. We will not allow Obama back in office, but we are behind Newt until NEWT says he is out. Tampa is our first goal, the White House is our second goal, anyone who wants to hop on board is welcome, we are looking for REAL CHANGE in DC, and Newt can and will deliver it.
The only difference between Mitt and Obama is who takes the blame when the country goes to pot. Obama can have that, thank you very much.
Keep it up. Keep knocking Romney, Santorum. Keep giving the fascist left more ammunition. OMG OMG Obama Must Go, Obama Must Go. ANYBODY BUT OBAMA. Stop it already.