25 October 2012

Even Conservatives Have a Rationalization Hamster

Mitt Romney spent four years as governor of Massachusetts, which is one of the bluest blue states. In fact, as Romney has noted many times, his legislature was 87% Democrats and yet, he still managed to pass legislation and balance the budget. On the other hand, Barack Obama has spent the last four years at loggerheads with the Republicans in Congress. You can argue about whose fault it is, but the fact of the matter is that Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress have proven to be incapable of cooperating and that seems unlikely to change if he's re-elected. Maybe the same thing will happen if Romney gets into the White House, but he at least has a track record of success in that area while Barack Obama does not.

So, this is what conservatives are hanging their hats on:  Vote Mitt Romney!  He’ll compromise with liberals!

This is supposed to appeal to moderate voters, who –every last one of them, apparently—seem to want some political chameleon that will magically cater to their every whim, even the self-contradictory ones.  But at least you’ll know where he stands!  And you’re sure to never be disappointed.

 But what does it say of an ideology that is so willing to compromise on choosing and endorsing its leaders that one of their main selling points is that their candidate is essentially liberal?  To me, it says that said ideology is dead.

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