Mitt Romney is the “almost candidate.” He can’t quite convince the Conservative base of the Republican Party that he is a conservative even though many would like to get this race on some kind of track get behind one candidate at some point in the near future, as they ponder the horror of 3 candidates (actually for Ron Paul l will definitely rack up some delegates but just not enough to be a contender) splitting up the delegates at just the amount that no one feels any need to bow out and yet no one receives the majority.
The RNC might kick itself for imposing its new rule that all delegates are won on a percentage basis until the month of April -which besides prolonging the race (clearly something they thought was a GOOD idea at the time), it also baffles everyone including the candidates as to why Florida was “winner take all” although it lost half of its delegates by holding its race in January. Make sense? Of course not. It didn’t to Gingrich either, who threatened to sue for his proportion of the Florida delegates, although when he was winning in the polls he seemed perfectly happy with the winner take all Florida delegate policy. But, that mix-up is indicative of the race in general- its like a see-saw and there are many, many GOP voters who still cannot decide who to vote for, endorse, or support.
The other reason, besides the delegate delegated on percentages and state punishments and mix-ups in Missouri where they hold a beauty contest one month and doll out a whopping x amount of delegates doing the exact same process all over again the next month- is the new rule over super-pacs being allowed to receive donations where the sky is the limit for their candidate of choice, although that candidate can have no contact with these super pacs and no communication, influence, or anything to do with the ads these monsters put out to the airwaves on radio and TV.
The good old American way, or a way to buy an election? This, believe it or not, brings me back to Mitt Romney and his “almost” problem. In an interview with Hannity this evening-he explained fairly well that he had the same religious policy towards catholic churches in the Massachusetts health care law before he took office. He fought to remove these mandates and was defeated by the legislature (mass is notorious for being a prominently liberal state) which was a democrat majority. When mandates were passed about morning after and stem cell research while Romney was in office, he rejected vetoed them and the legislature overrode his veto. Phew! That is really good news for Romney, and the conservatives who do support him, cutting to the knees his opponents strategy of using this hot, volatile all-over-the-news issue of outrage over Obama care infringing on certain American’s religious beliefs as well as individuals liberty’s by forcing the Catholic church to provide the pill etc to their employees in their health care packages that you and I as the taxpayers are paying for.
But, Romney is squeaking by this one-because, thanks to Gingrich and Santorum attacks along with the basic facts- Romney care and Obama care remind the voter of one another-like they are kissing cousins-and the example this Catholic church fight with the current administration is indicative, to many people, of the over-reach by Obama care in the years to come on many levels as it gets fully implemented (“we’ve only just begun” I can here Obama whistling as he brushes his teeth before bed) and that scares people -really scares people-just like it did in 2010 when half the country practically went into revolt against it and Reid, Pelosi, and Obama put on earphones and blinders and rammed it through anyway. “Those people just hang onto their guns and religion anyway..} So Mitt isn’t out of the woods-he still seems a little bit too close to the Big O for comfort.
Then (back to Hannity) when asked three specific questions about foreign policy, Romney had the chance to provide three specific answers to let the viewers know he HAS specific policies. Admittedly, if I were asked these questions, I’d run away and hide. They were a little tough.
1. What would you do about the crisis in Syria?
2. Iran is upping the ante with its nuclear weapon threat-what is the solution?
3. Americans are being kept in Egypt against their will and the situation is getting more serious by the day. What would you do as President.
“Well, Sean” (I am paraphrasing) “America needs to maintain a strong military and this President has weakened our country’s image throughout the world and …” Very general. Nothing new.
Romney has been heavily criticized by both candidates the last few days, but especially Santorum, with his pockets full of slingshots he got from Santa Claus for being a good boy. (Don’t over-do the Bella card, Rick Baby, you don’t need to mention her in every speech. We know you’re a family guy who loves the Lord. Don’t over-do THAT either or people will start calling you Tim.} So Romney took the time on Hannity to lob some criticisms back- things we as voters ought to think about or at least confirm such as voting to raise the debt ceiling 5 times with no reduction of Federal spending which grew 80% while he was a Senator, earmarks (kook we know that) and… well that’s about it. good job, Opposition Research team on Romney Campaign. You have two hundred thousand pages on Gingrich and 2 sentences on Santorum? These are not the actual numbers.
The creme de la creme was the very last part of the interview when Hannity asked if his wife was taking a few days off “Yes, she has MS and needs a break but is coming back to Michigan early to see her friends and campaign around the state while I hop around the country campaigning and raising money.” Ugh. Really? You idiot! Why would you say that? The issue of Romney and his money to slice up his opponents like a Chinese Samurari leaving the dead in the water is just not something he needs to bring up. Perhaps, “While I continue on my mission to go around this great country of ours and get to know as many people as possible, hear their concerns, and hopefully prove to them by outlining my vision of America’s future, that I am the one that would make the best President of the United States – and ask them for their vote to help me get there.”
Nope “hopping around the country (image-jet) to raise some money (image dirty money and “Hey don’t you already have enough of that?” Will Mitt ever learn?