Romney is a classy debater. He has style, smoothness, and grace. Were it not for Newt in these debates, Romney would also have the market cornered on ideas and frankly the air of honesty. I know most politicians are liars by nature, but when Romney refused to back down on Romneycare, he won some points in the straight-forwardness arena. That has not hurt Romney, in fact it has been an asset, until perhaps now.
Romney emerged from the pro-life doghouse Thursday night after skipping the Personhood forum in South Carolina. In the debate, Romney made a clear pro-life stand, but he also slipped up when he tried to deflect criticism from Santorum about abortion funding.
“Is there any possibility that I ever made a mistake in that regard?” Romney asked. “I didn’t see something that I should have seen? Possibly.”
As Rick Perry would say, “oops”. What was one of the biggest problems with Obamacare? The only people who actually read the bill were the grassroots groups who were against it. Take the 1099 rule, for example. The 1099 rule, written into Obamacare, would have required every business to send every other business a 1099 form for any amounts they paid for services. For example, a mom and pop shop would have to send McDonalds a 1099 form if they ate there enough during the year.
Obama quickly recognized the stupidity of the 1099 rule based on the overwhelming response from businesses. In his State of the Union address, he chalked it up to a “flaw” in the Obamacare legislation.
“We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses.”
Bravo, Mr. President. Why was it there in the first place? Because nobody read or thought about Obamacare. Now is Romney excusing his funding for abortion through Romneycare by admitting he didn’t see something he should have seen? That is not what we are looking for in a President, especially on an issue as crucial as abortion.
I see a developing pattern. It started with Romney’s distancing himself from superpacs that support him. His excuse for the negative ads run against his opponents? He has no control over what they run. Then Romney responded to questions about his money in the Caymans by saying he has a blind trust that manages his money and he has no control over that either.
There are two things grassroots conservatives don’t want in a President. The first is a President who has no control and is aloof from the actual governing processes. We already have that with Barack Obama. The second is a President who is in control, but will not take responsibility for his actions. Oh wait, in many areas that is Barack Obama too.
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