It can be said that most conservatives are Republican, but not all Republicans are conservative. Never has this been more true than with Mitt Romney.
In an about-face move meant only to make an appeal to conservatives and libertarians, “Mitt the Flip” has tried to claim the mantle of conservatism despite the facts clearly showing that he has been anything but.
After a 1994 debate against progressive and uber-liberal Ted Kennedy in a run for the Senate – a debate where he went to great lengths to show he was every bit as liberal as his opponent – a writer for the UPI had this to say about Romney:
“[Romney] demonstrated very clearly in the debate last night that he has more in common with liberal Democrats than he does with Conservatives. . . . Conservatives should not let their disgust and anger with Ted Kennedy’s big government liberal record blindly lead them to support Mitt Romney.” – Brent Bozell, United Press International, 10/26/94
But let’s be fair, that was 1994. Surely he demonstrated his commitment to conservative values when he ran for governor for that bluesest of blue states, Massachusetts, all the way back to 2002, didn’t he? Well, consider these tidbits:
- Romney said he was “devoted” to the pro-choice position. “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws.” (2002 Romney-O’Brien Gubernatorial Debate, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 10/29/02)
- Romney praised Massachusetts’ tough gun laws, vowed not to “chip away at them” as Governor. “[A]s the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002, Romney lauded the state’s strong laws during a debate against Democrat Shannon O’Brien. ‘We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them,’ he said. ‘I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.'” (Scott Helman, “Romney Retreats On Gun Control,” The Boston Globe, 1/14/07)
- Romney called 2002 amendment banning gay marriage and benefits in Massachusetts too extreme and did not support it. “Mitt Romney’s wife, son, and daughter-in-law signed a petition in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban both gay marriage and domestic-partner benefits in Massachusetts – an amendment that Romney himself condemned as too extreme after being told of his family’s support for it.” (Rick Klein, “Romney Kin Signed Petition To Ban Same-Sex Marriage,” The Boston Globe, 3/22/02)
Maybe he became a conservative after he was elected governor. Unfortunately, you won’t find too many conservative highlights in his resume:
- Romney favored “Assault” Weapons Ban
- Romney Favors Waiting Periods to Buy Handguns
- Romney raised taxes on business by a total of $309 million
- Romney increased taxes on business property
- Romney joined a coalition lobbying congress to tax internet activity
- Romney refused to support the Bush tax cuts while governor
- Romney refused to sign the No New Taxes pledge when campaigning for Governor
- Romney Balanced Budget with $500 Million in New Fees
- Romney supported abortion in general, and believes in sustaining Roe v. Wade.
- Romney campaigned for Governor of Massachusetts as a pro-choice candidate, and was endorsed by a pro-abortion political group
- Romney Approves of the Abortion Pill and Supports the Legalization of RU-486
- Romney has a long history of promoting and furthering the homosexual agenda, and working closely with leading gay activists
- Romney barred Boy Scouts from public participation in 2002 Olympics because of their Ban on Homosexual Scoutmasters
- Romney unnecessarily (and unconstitutionally) implemented homosexual marriages in Massachusetts
And of course, let’s not forget his greatest legislative accomplishment, Romney Care. A program so progressive and left-wing in nature, that it served as the model for Obamacare. By the way, did you know that Romney Care includes abortion coverage? Now THAT’S conservative, isn’t it?
The DefeatObamaCampaign has produced a video that exposes Mitt the Flip for the non-conservative that he really is.
There’s an old saying that goes like this: Fool me once, shame on you – fool me twice, shame on me.
In 2008, we were fooled by John McCain. In the words of The Who, “We Don’t Get Fooled Again.”
What others had to say:
- David Brooks Likes The Crease of Mitt Romney’s Pants – RedState.com
- Can Mitt Romney Claim to be a Conservative? – The Daily National
- Mitt Romney: FAKE CONSERVATIVE – RightMarch.com
- Rick Santorum: Romney “Not Conservative” – RealClearPolitics.com
- Romney 2012: Not on my watch! – The Conservative Diva
- What’s Wrong With Romney? – Mona Charen w/Townhall.com
- Romney’s Fundamental Problem – Townhall.com