Mitt Romney. He looks good, he is likable, he is a legendary business man. He is willing to go after Obama directly and take on his belief system, which some other candidates or would be candidates have been afraid to do.
I look at this speech and I can see that Mitt has been studying Reagan speeches in a big way. I see the similarities in the tactical messaging and in some of the body language. Mitt has money but lacks a certain something that I cannot quite define.
Mitt has challenges as well. The first being a history of election day epiphanies. While candidates are entitled to a few of these as they grow and learn Mitt has a few too many and they are on big issues. The Tea Party remembers how the 1994 class started letting us down in 2000 and are NOT having any more of that. The rank and file Tea Party people are well informed and YouTube is going to be painful for his campaign. If Mitt gets elected and waffles when he gets into office the Tea Party will make certain he is a one term president. They will primary him and weaken him so badly that a Democrat can win. I hope that the Romney team understands this. Call it whatever you like but one thing seems consistent with Tea Party voters, take out those who violate their brand and deal with the consequences later.
Michael Kinsley in the L.A. Times is using the same strategy against Romney that the GOP used so well against John Kerry. Kinsley said that Romney is a flip flopper and will say anything to get elected. I said the the same thing about him in 2008.
With that said presidential campaigns tend to mature people and help them to understand the weight of the job. They tend to help increase their character and Romney’s 2008 CPAC speech helped to demonstrate this. I hope Mitt has grown. I am open to giving him a second chance to convince me, but be warned, GOP bloggers are smart and miss very little. Keep it real guys.
Mitt has a problem with RomneyCare in Massachusetts which is having problems as some reports have indicated. It is similar to ObamaCare in some aspects and judging by the recent vote in Missouri fighting ObamaCare in the referendum, they had the largest turn out in the states history. The American people have gotten informed on what a disaster ObamaCare is, and how it has already cause thousands to lose coverage and millions to see an immediate increase in premiums, including this very writer’s premiums.
Mitt is fighting this problem by standing up for federalism calling RomneyCare a state experiment that the nation has learned valuable lessons from. He says that experiments like this are what the states are for and he is correct. I just wish he had said this much sooner. CNN is already going after Romney.
Romney did say that some parts of his RomneyCare could be a model for the nation, that can be spun against him, “Well in 2009 it was a national model and now it is not so which is it?” Of course, Romney can counter with, “Some aspects of it might be good for the country, but ObamaCare has terminal flaws. Besides state experiments are great for learning about problems. The Democtrats should have looked at some of the problems we were having in Massachusetts , instead they double downed on the worst parts of it and piled on even more damage by putting restrictions on doctors that the people of Massachusetts never would have tolerated, and in fact the whole country is upset about and will become more upset about as more control in it kick in leading to 2014unless we repeal it.”
When CNN asked Romney about the “debunked Sarah Palin claims about death panels” Romney did not speak up in defense of Palin. Palin was right and some of the law blogs explained how she was right. The combination of the two bills, the Stimulus and Obamacare, gave the administration “death panel” like authority at the stroke of a pen. All the administration has to do is write a regulation, publish it, and it is done. The “show me in the bill where it has the word “death panel” question is a red herring. This means that Palin did her homework on the released parts of the bill early and Romney didn’t.