A guest submission from Rochelle Edvalson

Chuck Raasch put into words what all the pundits are thinking: Romney is the GOP’s back-up prom date. Okay, maybe, but why? In terms of electability, intelligence and ability no one disputes his credentials. He’s not exciting, but he is reliable. And he doesn’t make many mistakes, so he’s annoying to the press, who would like a good soundbite.

So will the GOP suddenly look at its current date, whoever that is today, and say, “Ewwww what did I ever see in you?” Do they turn away and looking over the field suddenly lock eyes with Mitt and realize, “He’s always been there for me.” Do they grow into love instead of fall into love? Meh, only if they live in an ABC after school special. However, I do think the GOP will dance. At the moment, the Left attacks Romney for being too far Right. The Right attacks Romney for being too far left. Considering that we are a center-right country, perhaps the former Massachusetts Governor is perfectly positioned to govern according to the wishes of the people.

One argument against the former Governor, that I struggle with, is that of political opportunist. Opponents call him a flip-flopper on the issues and in the same breath berate him for refusing to say his healthcare plan was a big mistake. How can you be a flip-flopper and a stubborn mule at the same time? Answer: you can’t. On issues, mostly social, where Mr. Romney gained new information and a new perspective, he changed his mind. That to me is a valuable assett- the ability to change an opinion when presented with new material.

On an issue, healthcare for instence, that he feels was handled correctly, he has not budged. You may not like his stance, but that has not changed his opinion. However, he does distinguish, correctly, between what is a State’s right and what is a Federal right. And even, staunch Ron Paul has acknowledged a State’s right to legislate. From the Republican perspective, which is a strong States Rights perspective, Mr. Romney is right in line with his party’s ideals.

The other argument against Mitt Romney is that he is a slick politician. Uh… duh! Either you have a plain speaking person, like Sarah Palin, or a polished speaker like Mitt Romney. After Palin’s dance with the media, wouldn’t you like to see someone who had taken a few ballroom dance classes representing the GOP instead? Slick politician, lately, is a derisive term for SMART! I don’t want a dumb president. I am not in any way calling Sarah Palin dumb! However, the media did do a good job of painting her as such.

In conclusion, I say, take out your dance shoes GOP, put a smile on your face and go to the dance with the guy who bought an extra ticket at the beginning of the school year, in the hopes that you would say yes.


  • Poppie

    As far as changing positions is concerned, what about all those Democrats, over the past 10-20 years who have switched parties to become loyal Repulicans?

    • Rochelle

      Like Perry?

  • Steve M.

    Rochelle, I couldn’t agree more on your points about Romney & flip-flopping. I’ve always found this to be an inane attack on any politician (or person) who has shifted positions.
    It’s an admirable quality when someone can, after further thought and examination of evidence, come to the conclusion that they no longer believe what they once believed.
    I think the problem is, people don’t believe that this is what happened with Romney — they think he still believes and will always believe what he did when he was governor of Massachusetts and that he’ll govern with those beliefs as his guiding principles.

    • Alaina

      It’s more that we don’t trust him and he’ll do whatever is most politically expedient rather than what is best for the country.

      • Rochelle

        I actually don’t believe that. His record in Mass is interesting. He tried to do a lot of conservative things and was shot down. He vetoed a lot of things, only to have the democratic house over-ride the veto. His record shows a consistency with a conservative bent. He has- to be sure- changed on a few things. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. However, it isn’t nearly as much as the media has made it out to be. Of course this is the same media that had me convinced that Perry was a rock solid conservative. ha ha — soooo wrong! (And I think you were the one who warned us all that he wasn’t. – And you were right.)

        • Alaina

          I’ve had a good look at his record and I disagree, as do 75 – 80% of likely Republican voters.
          At the end of the day, I don’t trust him. I don’t believe that he will put us before himself. After 5 years of campaigning, if he hasn’t convinced me (and the rest of the 75 – 80%) at this point, I seriously doubt he will.

          • Troy La Mana

            Case in point: Romney visited a phone bank that was promoting Gov. Kasich’s Union Referendum SB5 to rally the troops, but refused to endorse it. (even though he said he supported it in June). But the leftist paper The Plain Dealer supports SB5 and so does T-Paw and many other Republicans.

            • Brian H

              He has corrected that statement. Perhaps he can claim he didn’t understand the question and can discount his flub as being a “target on his back”.

      • Troy La Mana

        You just nailed the reason I can’t vote for Romney, even if he wins the nomination.

  • Alaina Segovia

    I refuse to dance with Romney in the primaries. If he is nominated, I will begrudgingly dance with him in the general election. Until then, you can consider me an anybody but Romney-Perry-Bachmann-Paul-Santorum-Huntsman-Johnson person desperately searching for that special someone to ask me to the dance.

    • Brian H

      Even if that mean electing a sub-par general election candidate who will likely lose to Obama?

      I agree that political calculations should not be the driving force behind supporting a nominee, however, it should not be ignored either.

      • Alaina Segovia

        I see the General election going the same way for Obama as the primaries have for Romney… Anybody but Obama. Unless the economy miraculously begins to recover, which it won’t, then I think Obama is going to have a VERY tough re-election, regardless of who is running against him.
        In addition, I don’t see the path for Romney as being much easier, if at all, than any other candidate. He doesn’t make many mistakes, but his record it crummy… Obamacare is off the table. He has no foreign policy experience. He has raised taxes. He’s soft on illegal immigration. He’s been on both side of most of the social issues. The only ammo against Obama that Romney has is to say that Obama has failed so the people should give someone else a shot.

  • Kari

    I completely agree with this article. To say Romney has “evolved” is better put than to say he is a flip-flopper. I like a President who is willing to change course when they find they were wrong.

  • http://www.sotr.us Cordeiro

    We’ve already seen what The One has wroght knowing he would have to stand for re-election. Think, dear reader, of what he would attempt knowing he had no more accountability.

    This country simply cannot afford aother four years of this presiden. My vote will go to the Republican nominee, with the exception of Ron Paul.

  • Chris

    I was thinking about this the other day. The mantle was a poor one in 2008 for anyone to pick up, the economy as we see now was never going to improve in a first term, you only need to see economic mess also in Europe to see that no one country and no one President has the power to fix it

    But, if things do improve in the four years after 2012, you will either get a President Obama going out on a massive high, or an easily re-elected Republican president. I could easily see that Republican being someone with a good economic/business track record as Governor Romney

  • Joyce A (East of Eden)

    I think you’re right. I’m no fan of Romney, but he gets my vote over Obama any day.

  • The Gallant Gallstone

    Sigh…. if only Obama really were a socialist.

    • TSA Agent X


      “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” – Barack Obama
      It’s because you have an obligation to yourself. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation.” – Barack Obama
      “The great task before our founders was putting into practice the ideal that government could simultaneously serve liberty and advance the common good. and Government, he believed, had an important role to play in advancing our common prosperity.” – Barack Obama
      “I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” – Barack Obama (Dreams of My Father)
      “Political discussions, the kind at Occidental had once seemed so intense and purposeful, came to take on the flavor of the socialist conferences I sometimes attended at Cooper Union” – Barack Obama (Dreams of My Father)

      • The Gallant Gallstone

        None of those comments really betray a desire to place the means of production in the hands of the people.

        The last quote is the most significant and it means very little. First, you don’t have to be a socialist to attend a socialist conference. I met a rabid conservative at a socialist conference in DC.

        To be a socialist or a communist is not like being a convicted felon. Because you find it to be odious, you may believe that it’s an indelible stain. But that’s not the case… Obama may have even been a real socialist in his youth, but he abandoned those beliefs to pursue a bourgeois political career.

        When you abandon the beliefs, you cease to be a socialist or a communist.

    • dw

      How’s marxist fit? He’s really kind of a blend of the two.

  • dw

    I’ve been thinking… it the election came down to a choice between Obama and Romney, who would get my vote? My concern had been another four years of Obama-socialism.
    However, I’m not as worried about that anymore, as the TEA party and Conservative GOP additions to Congress have essentially created a stalemate. We’ve not had any more disastrous legislation since 2010.
    So, I’m now leaning towards voting for my ideals, even if it means a third party or independent candidate, or none of the above. If Obama is re-elected, I think that would be even worse news for the Dems as they would have four more years of failure to overcome in 2016.