I am afraid that there are significant portions of the party that absolutely
will not "tolerate some heterodoxy in the nomination of a strong
candidate".Early in my voting life, I joined the Republicans
specifically because I found them less shrill and more pragmatic than the
Democrats. No longer. And many traditional Republicans now find it hard to
retain their political roots.I do hope Mr. Romney (or someone like
him) succeeds. But I feel that the lack of desire for him is due to both his
religion and his rather moderate (by today's standards) political views.The recent rise of Herman Cain is, in part, due to the party ruling out
"large portions of the country . . . to reward candidates who have no
governing experience at all."Many in the party have adopted the
view that it is better to elect a political novice than someone who has shown
that he or she might compromise over something.They seek someone who
is beyond compromise for any reason or purpose. Someone who is so steeped in
their politics that they are, essentially, beyond rational thought or of acting
for the greater good.This cannot lead to good governance.
"...is it really reasonable to assume that a former Mormon bishop, deep
down, is a cultural liberal?"--- Are you saying
that all Mormon Bishops are cut from the same cloth? That isn't what we've been
hearing from a multitude of Mormons online in these forums. Just sayin'."A leadership team of Romney, Speaker John Boehner and Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell ..."---Scares the Bejeebus
right outta me.
Pragmatisim is not about comprimise. Pragmatisim is first of all a rejection of
a dual world, where things are seen as having to be this way or that way. It's
a rejection of an idea that there is in most situations an ideal reality out
there to be discovered. Instead pragmatism is what works against a backdrop of
what you are trying to accomplish. Obviously pragmatic philosophy is more
complicated especially in given situations but that's the heart of it.Now given that definition Rommney may be a pragmitist at heart, but I doubt
that's the message he wants to give to conservatives who's very exsistence is
dependent on duality. Again it's not comprimise in the traditional
sense where you know what is right and try to get there in incriments, but
rather doing what works in order to accomplish what you set out to do.
Romney THINKS he's got this game in the bag, but HE DOESN'T yet. Herman Cain
denied on that he's changing his story as he struggles to contain the fallout
from sexual harassment allegations that could threaten his recently surging
campaign. He also suggested that his race could be a factor in the controversy.
At least two women who had complained about Cain were said to have agreed to
settlements that included stipulations that they not repeat their allegations in
public. If you are the front-runner and you plan to be the nominee be
forthcoming so that you are vetted, and we don't get into a situation where
you're our nominee and we find out things after the fact. WILL ROMNEY ALSO DO
THIS?. Politico said it had started asking Cain's campaign about the
allegations on Oct. 20, 11 days before the story was published. Cain said that
Politico had also provided his campaign with the name of a second woman who,
Politico reported, also received a settlement after complaining of sexually
inappropriate encounters with Cain. The economy is still hurting. Thirty
percent of Americans are so disillusioned, they are thinking of moving back to
Mexico. This hurts Romney.
Brother Chuck WHAT????Canibis has not been legalized
*Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million By Ken Thomas AP
Published by DSNews 08/04/11 *Mitt Romneys wealth raises new
questions By Jamshid Ghazi Askar DSNews 08/15/11 'Romney owns between
$250,000 and $500,000 in horses.' Then... *'Stumping,
Mitt Romney pegged as both charming and awkward on campaign trail' - By Jamshid
Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 07/17/11 '"I should tell my story I'm
also unemployed," Romney said according to the New York Times.'
(Sarcasm) My heart WEEPS for the man who makes it a point to say he
is 'also' unemployed... who owns over $500,000 in horses.
From the article:A leadership team of Romney, Speaker John Boehner
and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be just what the moment requires:
prudent adults who are conservative, but not too far ahead of the public. They
would stand a decent chance at doing what it takes to encourage job creation and
avoid fiscal disaster.===========Let me guess. Would
that be lower taxes on the 'job creators' and deregulate corporations?What a joke. More and more people are on to you, GOP.
Romney like Mr. Clinton may be a pragmatist, but both are much more populist
than pragmatist. This is not all bad as such inclinations allow compromise, but
rarely results in true consensus building, which requires better leadership.
Certainly, you would not see from Mr. Romney the stringent alligence to
partisanship and ideology that has characterized the last two administrations.
Our country needs strong medicine. Maybe Romney can give it, maybe not. We need
some adults in Washington. Romney is only about 10X better than Obama. Why would
we want the same administration in Washington after the disastrous 3 years we
have had not to mention 2 previous years, (since 2006) of a Democratic Congress.