Tis the Season, I suppose. It is time for the hustle and bustle of Christmas. While you are out there buying your Christmas gifts for your family and friends, there will be those who will be trying to sell you on a lump of coal in the 2008 South Carolina Presidential primary. That lump of coal is Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. The Governor’s campaign would have you believe he is a true Republican conservative who can build a party and get things done. But, if you buy that, you will end up with a lump of coal in you presidential stocking.
Governor Romney is a proponent of big government. As Governor, he signed a bill that made socialized medicine the norm in his state. Further, he is unstable on taxes. While he says he is for lower taxes, he did nothing to lower taxes in his state while Governor.
Governor Romney plays his faith as a trump card. He tells us he is a Morman, and as such is pro life and against gay marriage. That sounds good, until you look at his record. When he ran for the United States Senate in 1994, he gave a heartfelt story about how a relative of his died from complications of an illegal abortion and that he would not challenge abortion rights because of that. Further, as Governor, he had the first legal gay unions of a state on his watch. Again, if you go back to the rhetoric of the 1994 United States Senate race, Romney was no opponent to such.
Then there is the “party builder” label Mitt Romney’s folks would have you believe. There is a reason that Romney did not run for re-election this year. He would have been crushed at the polls. His state saw devastating losses for the Republican Party in this year’s election. If anything, Romney’s term as Governor left the state of Massachusetts Republican Party worse off then it was before he took office.
I could go on, and will in the coming weeks and months about why Romney is not the right choice for the Republican Party for President of the United States. But, for now, I will just advise this, do not be surprised if supporting Romney gets you a lump of coal in your political stocking. Romney is no mainstream conservative. Romney is no South Carolina conservative. Romney is just a big lump of political coal South Carolina politicos should avoid putting in their political stockings.