Why Romney

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Judging by the email I receive from my readers, there are a lot of Republicans who feel that Mitt Romney doesn’t pass the conservative litmus test. Some of them even threaten to sit out the presidential election if Governor Romney secures the nomination. Although I do my utmost to be polite in my response, the truth is, I regard such people as idiots and loons.

Mitt Romney

Burt endorses Mitt

First of all, in any competition, you can only choose the best of the contenders, not the ideal. So, would I be more enthusiastic about Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Mitch Daniels? Yes, I would be. I would also favor George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, three other guys who are not in the race.

But when it comes to choosing between Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, I find the choice an easy one. Newt Gingrich lugs around more baggage than a team of redcaps. When a politician has been involved in this many scandals involving sex and money, I just naturally assume he’s a Democrat. Besides, this is a guy who has sat on a couch with Nancy Pelosi and promoted the global warming hoax; he has attacked free market capitalism; and dismissed Paul Ryan’s economic plan as “right-wing social engineering.”

Ron Paul seems an amiable sort of guy. He reminds you of an elderly uncle who shows up at family reunions, has a few drinks and winds up asleep at the dinner table, with his head resting in the mashed potatoes. Although I would never wish to be accused of fomenting ageism, the fact remains that if he were elected, he would be in his 80s before the end of his first term. A guy that age should be taking naps regularly, not running the most powerful nation on earth.

In terms of policy, anyone who is cavalier about a nuclear Iran; believes that 9/11 was our own fault; and supports gutting and neutering the U.S. military, is someone who should not be trusted anywhere near sharp tools, heavy machinery or the Oval Office.

Rick Santorum strikes me as a decent man. He also strikes me as a perennial lightweight. He comes across like a male ingénue. Between his tinny voice and his sweater vests, I keep expecting him to run on stage and say, “Tennis, anyone?” Also, as Newt Gingrich has pointed out, as a senator, he was in the hip pocket of the Pennsylvania unions, supported Arlen Specter’s re-election and was the crown prince of earmarks.

As a personal aside, I should mention that when I interviewed Senator Santorum for my latest collection of interviews, I asked him if he was in favor of term limits. When he said he was, I asked him why, in that case, after serving two terms in the House and two terms in the Senate, had he run for a third term? He said, “Because I favor more than two terms for the Senate.” I told him that was what separated politicians from normal people.

Having explained why I would not like to see the other three contenders get the nomination, the main reason that I would like to see Mitt Romney carry the GOP standard is because I regard him as the best bet to defeat Barack Obama, the worst and the most dangerous president in American history.

Although many Republicans do not consider Romney a true conservative, the fact is America is not a truly conservative nation. It’s not Party bosses who shove people like Bob Dole, John McCain and the Bushes, down our throats, as some folks insist is the case. They happen to be the folks who win our primaries. The country is pretty evenly divided between conservatives and liberals. It is the 20% in the middle who call themselves moderates and independents who determine winners and losers, and they are put off by candidates, Democrat or Republican, they regard as extremists. They are far more likely to support Romney, a man whom even his opponents call a moderate, than they are either of the other three.

The thing to keep in mind is that if conservatives can’t win GOP primaries, what makes anyone think they can win general elections, when, for reasons I’ll never understand, liberals and middle-of-the-roaders are allowed to vote?

Most conservatives insist on litmus tests to determine the purity of Republican candidates. But the fact is they’re fooling themselves. They’ll dismiss Romney simply because he was the governor of a liberal state and had to compromise with a legislature that was jam-packed with Democrats. What they fail to acknowledge is that our hero, Ronald Reagan, would not have passed a similar test in 1980. As the governor of a liberal state, he twice raised taxes; he shut down California’s mental institutions, releasing thousands of psychotics who crowd our streets to this day; and he signed the most liberal abortion bill in America.

And while it’s convenient to overlook the fact, Reagan got played for a sucker by a left-wing Congress that promised to shut down the Mexican border, and foolishly signed the amnesty bill that saw our illegal alien population soar from three million to 15 million. Too bad that in this all-important matter, Reagan trusted, but didn’t verify!

Mitt Romney may or may not be a RINO, but the last one we had in the White House wasn’t all that terrible. As I recall, he got rid of Saddam Hussein; he prevented a repeat of 9/11; he placed Sam Alito and John Roberts on the Supreme Court; and, for good measure, he kept Al Gore and John Kerry out of the Oval Office.

If all that Mitt Romney does is evict Barack Obama, he will have earned his place on Mount Rushmore.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com!

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Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Gena Taylor

    You do make a damned good argument for Romney. I do not like the man,think he has shown a viciousness we have not seen since Nixon, but do agree he would be more likely to defeat Obama than the others, whom, except for Paul, for pretty much the same reasons you cite, I would rather see in the White House. the new revelations that he and Paul have been working together since this last summer show to me even more that I do not trust the man, but I will consider not sitting home on election day if he gets the nomination, even though to me he stinks.

  • JP

    Well said Burt. I am sick of Paul supporters threatening to throw tantrums and sit out the election if Paul does not secure the nomination. Traitors to conservatism.

  • G. Daylan

    It would be so refreshing if the candidates, the media, Burt and those who reply would concentrate their remarks on those actions that can be taken by a president. Almost all campaign promises address actions that first must be taken by Congress. While it is true that Congress passes laws and bureaucrats enforce them with rules that they make up, the composition of Congress is as important or even more important than the policies promised in presidential campaigns. (Pelosi and Reid had more effect on national policy than either president in the last two years of G.W. Bush and the first two of Obama.) The appointment of justices is the only immmediate effect that a president can have. The progressive swing started long ago and will not be immediately rebuffed. Regardless of who is elected president, it is up to the Congress to start the pendulum in the other direction.

    • JP

      Well said.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    cmacrider: With Obama decimating our military and trying to do the same with our nuclear arsenal, I think Canada would have a very good chance of successfully carrying out the invasion. Perhaps Obama isn’t the Manchurian Candidate, after all; maybe he’s really the Montreal Candidate.


    • cmacrider

      Burt: Maybe the snowbirds are a fifth column.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: I’m glad to see you state your argument for Romney and consider the “tennis anyone” comment a Prelutsky classic.

    Whomever ultimately becomes the GOP Nominee, you missed one fundamental argument as to why conservatives should get out and vote even if its Romney. That is … if Obama wins, we Canadians, are going to have to invade the U.S. and overthrow Obama to ensure the Monroe Doctrine is maintained. I’m not sure we could pull that off .. particularly if the Rhode Island national guard showed up in force. On balance, I think libertarians, conservatives, Republicans, and RINO’s should get out and vote in force in November.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    DOOM161: If Romney had pushed his bill on America, your point might carry some weight. Or if the only thing that Obama had done was twisted a few arms and bribed a few senators to pass ObamaCare. But that is clearly not the case. Some of us who can see beyond our noses also take Cash for Clunkers; a trillion dollar stimulus; card checks; doubling the price of gasoline in three years; a $16 trillion deficit; a foreign policy that snubs our friends and embraces our sworn enemies; kowtowing to public and private sector unions; stopping the XL oil pipeline in its tracks, while sending billions of tax dollars to green energy companies such as Solyndra; a Department of Justice that sold guns to Mexican gangsters, while refusing to indict black thugs for intimidating white voters; and an unwillingness to deal with entitlement spending, into consideration. Apparently you don’t.


    • Shirl

      Well stated Burt! Now if only Romney could get this down pat! He definetly needs a new speech writer. These are the exact things that O carries in his suitcase and Romney will have to rehearse and stick to in a debate with the anointed one. But, can he do it?!!!I prefer Newt, but if Romney would stop the mud-slinging and start talking about things that matter and show how he is going to take it to O, I might re-consider, but until then..wellllll.

  • DOOM161

    Who wins in a contest between a guy that defends the individual mandate and a guy that defends the individual mandate?

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Glen–I agree that Romney could use my writing services, but that world seems to be a closed shop.

    Rick–Like you, I will vote for anyone who garners the GOP nomination. I hope and expect that person to be Romney.

    Richard–You state your case in such a clumsy fashion, I can only assume that you are an Obama supporter. Realizing that you will not convince anyone at this site to join you, you have settled for trying to convince Republicans to sit out the election. Fat chance. After four years of Obama, no Republican is going to stay home on November 6th, otherwise known as Liberation Day.


    • Richard Wicks

      “Richard–You state your case in such a clumsy fashion, ”

      What’s clumsy about it?

      My entire post is how Obama hasn’t changed a single thing since Bush and the only thing he’s done is embrace every wrong thing Bush did, and extended it.

      So, from that, you conclude I must be an Obama supporter.

      Bush was awful. He was a terrible president. Obama is awful he is a terrible president. Mitt Romney supports the same exact health care bill Obama did, said he would sign the NDAA just like Obama did, supports the Patriot Act like Obama and Bush do, supports warrantless wiretapping like the last presidents did and do.

      So, what exactly do you expect to change under Mitt Romney that would get you to vote for him?

      Elaborate on the POLICY differences you’re looking for. I think I’ve been pretty clear what I dislike about Obama’s policies which are mostly Bush’s policies, and also Romney’s policies.

  • Glen Stambaugh

    Burt, this is your strongest case and best explanation to date. Now if Romney would just make a good one for himself…

  • Glen Stambaugh

    Richard, I won’t call you a loon, but you’re surely delusional if you can’t see the differences that Obama’s made since GW’s turn at the plate. Crawl out and look around you for a spell.

    • Richard Wicks

      Well, tell me what the big differences that have been made since George W. Bush?

      The national debt on average has grown at 9.4% a year since 1970 every year. If you think the big difference are the deficits, then it’s because you don’t understand exponential functions.

      George W. Bush did the same with insane deficits during his term. The next president will have worse deficits than Obama and it doesn’t matter who is elected, because the national debt grows on average at 9.4% a year every year.

  • Rick Johnson

    Mr. Romney reminds me of George H. W. Bush. My crystal ball sees tax increases if Romney is elected. You know how it would go, “I don’t like it, but we don’t have a choice, blah, blah, blah”. I too, have difficulties with all the candidates. Nothing new there, though. Unlike, Mr. Wicks I find Mr. Romney a moderate, while The Platitudinal One currently in the White House couldn’t get any farther to the left. So, regardless of who wins the Republican nomination, I’ll vote for them.

  • Richard Wicks

    Mitt Rommey signed into law almost the same exact health care bill that Obama did in Massachusetts.

    His top campaign contributor is Goldman Sachs.

    He has the same exact foreign policy as Obama does, and Obama has the same exact foreign policy that Bush did.

    Romney said he would have signed the NDAA which allows for indefinite detention of US citizens without charge or trial, ending nearly 800 years of the right to a trial.

    He supports warrantless wiretapping and the Patriot Act – which are both grossly unconstitutional – just as Obama does.

    When asked how he differed from Gingrich during a debate he hemmed and hawed and came up with absolutely nothing. I saw that and it was embarrassing – he’s simply a generic Neocon who can only differentiate himself based on his personality and rhetoric, not any policy disagreement.

    If he’s the Republican nominee, it really doesn’t matter who wins the general election, because he’s no different than Obama, and Obama isn’t any different that George W. Bush except in superficial trite ways. You can expect all the same policies, all the same violations of the Constitution, more war, more interventionism in the Middle East, more monetary intervention ala TARP & QE1 & QE2, more regulations, and more interference with your life from the Federal government.

    So, respectfully, I think I can rightly identify the author of this article as a loon. If you’re supporting a clone to the current president, why not just vote for the president? Why support Romney at all, if you are willing to accept all the policies we have now and want to keep them? Why even bother to vote, if who you elect won’t change anything that is going on in the current administration? If POLICY won’t change, what is the point of voting at all?

    And that’s why a lot of people don’t vote. They don’t care if who wins when it doesn’t matter who wins – if things will simply stay the same.