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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How Can We Support Mitt When We’ve Been Against Him In The Primaries?

Here’s the Nonsense:  If you had problems with Mitt, or any other candidate, during the primaries, then it would be impossible to support his candidacy in the general election.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Some of us, me included, may have found that Mitt Romney was one of, if not the weakest candidate of those that have run in the GOP primaries.  But just because our candidate of choice did not become the nominee should not mean that we can’t support Mitt, even if we have problems with some of his history and positions on issues.

In the last post I made to this blog I stated how Mitt can win in the general election.  I was surprised at the number of responses I got questioning how I could give him that advice when I’ve been so outspoken against him as the nominee.  Not only have I not supported him in the past, he has to find a way to overcome huge negatives, the greatest of which is Romneycare.  Let’s look at how we can support him and what else he must do to win against Obama.

I have not been a Romney supporter throughout the primary season.  My reasons have been articulated through this blog numerous times.  Everything from his liberal record as governor of Massachusetts to his creation of and unwavering support of Romneycare to his inability to articulate a clear plan to save the economy of the U. S. and instead just grossly outspend his competition by up to 12 to 1 while running thousands of attack ads instead of dealing with the issues have stood in my way of supporting him.

And although I disagree with his tactics and many of his positions, he is still a better choice than Barack Obama.  At least Romney will slow the demise of America and buy the voters a chance to continue to work for change in government over the long term.  So given that he is the presumptive nominee, even though he has far from enough delegates to claim the nomination yet, I thought I’d take a look at what it would take for him to win.  That’s what my last blog post was about.

But the one mistake I made in that post was that I didn’t address how he can get past his signature legislation as governor, which was Romneycare.  It has already been proven to be a loser costing far more money than they thought it would.  Mitt’s entire defense of it is that it is a state’s issue, not a federal one.  But the fact that he doesn’t admit outright that it was a bad choice and should never have been done worries me. 

Romneycare is the blueprint for Obamacare.  Three of Romney’s advisors went to the White House a dozen times to help them develop and learn how to implement the healthcare plan we call Obamacare, but Romney’s own advisors admit is a duplicate of Romneycare.  Anything other than an outright rejection of it with an admission it was a mistake and an apology to the Massachusetts voters on the part of Mitt will not be good enough to save him from what Obama will do to him in the election when Mitt attacks Obamacare.  Mitt MUST reject and admit Romneycare was wrong or it will eat him alive.  Even if he articulates a good plan for fixing the economy Romneycare could be too big an issue to allow him to win.

And for all of you who support Romney, why won’t anyone say how he can get past the Romneycare issue if he doesn’t reject it and admit it was wrong?  When I said in my last post is critical for him to win, but if he doesn’t also get away from Romneycare he will have little, if any, hope of winning the election. 

And by the way, if any of you reading this actually have an answer he can use for defending Romneycare other than rejecting it, please use the contact form on my site to send me the answer.  I’d sure like to hear it.  In fact, I’ll bet Romney would like to hear it, too.