“Mitt Romney: A Severe Conservative Who Just Won’t Go Away”
Lucky us. Mitt Romney seems to be transitioning from a disastrous candidate into a disastrous would-be King maker. GO TEAM!
Daniel Horowitz, Red State:
When conservative candidates lose their bid for elected office, they tend to fade away from public life and are never heard from again. But for Rockefeller Republicans, losing an election is evidently a resume enhancer for them to continue advising and interfering with Republican politics and policy.
Mitt Romney ran as a “severely” conservative Republican in the primary. He pulverized his opponents with an expensive negative ad campaign and won the nomination. Then, as is the case with most moderate Republicans, his truculent attitude in the primary transformed into one of ineptitude and submissiveness in the face of an aggressive Democrat opponent.
Not only did he lose the election to Obama, his status as the grandfather of government-run healthcare completely took the issue of Obamacare off the table for two years – until Senator Ted Cruz and other conservatives were able to bring the issue back to the forefront of political discourse.
Many of us thought Romney would recede back into private life and enjoy his affluent retirement lifestyle and his close-knit family. Instead, he has slowly crawled his way back into public life and is trying to become the kingmaker of the Republican Party. A one-term governor of a liberal state with a moderate record, Romney has never fought and bled for the conservative cause. He has never accomplished anything to earn him the right to play the role of elder statesman in the party.
Now he is venturing off into policy positions as well. As Democrats face impending disaster this November, and for once, Republicans actually remained united against Obama’s last-ditch effort to demagogue with minimum wage mandates, Romney is calling on Republicans to support Obama:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it.
“I, for instance, as you know, part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage. I think we ought to raise it,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said. “Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.”
Romney’s comments come after Senate Republicans rejected a vote on a Senate bill that would have increased the minimum wage to $10.10. Recently, though, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, both of whom also ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, said they supported some increase in the minimum wage.”
So after Obamanomics has depressed the job market and income levels with interventionist mandates, tightening wage mandates will create jobs?
Isn’t it time to retire, Mr. Romney?
Retire? Why, he’s just now getting started! Losing an election to an obvious socialist isn’t a problem for the consultant class, who simply must embrace you having first built you up as the Only Candidate Who Can Win. To do otherwise would be to admit to their own incompetence and myopia.
But that’s a separate post.
Because of course, unmentioned here — the WaPo, for instance, is Tweeting out that Romney supports the minimum wage, appealing to “authority” in such a way that it hopes to paint the man they worked to defeat as suddenly some wise sage who can help the GOP out of the wilderness — is that Romney has long been a proponent of increasing the minimum wage, at least until he’s had to alter his stance on occasion to appease knuckledragging conservatives and libertarians, and that’s mostly because Romney has long been a statist pretending to be something even remotely akin to a constitutional conservative. That the GOP establishment and its cheerleaders have invited him to join the fold of those committed to the party’s demise is really no surprise. After all, these are the very same folks who supported Charlie Crist, who has now denounced the Republican party, citing “center-rightest” and GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who likewise seems to dislike the party he’s decided he’s just the person to lead, to justify his rejection of the “anti-woman,” anti-immigrant,” “anti-environment,” “anti-gay,” “anti-science”.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. We are a country with a one-party ruling class. The only competition is over who gets to run the bloated centralized beast in order to pay off cronies and receive perks and kickbacks.
Want to take back the government and return it to one of a representative nature? Well then, as Ripley might counsel, having seen single-minded totalitarian cultures up close on a number of occasions, nuke the current one from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.