Friday, February 10, 2012

Severely conservative, severely pathetic, severely phony: Romney panders to CPAC

By Michael J.W. Stickings

With Santorum surging and finding love at the CPAC Insanitarium, Mitt Romney is getting more and more desperate and more and more pathetic in his pandering to the GOP's far-right base and in trying to market himself as a real conservative worthy of the right's support.

This was on full display today at CPAC.

"I know conservatism because I have lived conservatism,” Romney claimed, adding: "I was a severely conservative Republican governor. I fought against long odds in a deep blue state."

First, he has lived conservatism only if conservatism is Mormonism and vulture capitalism.

Second, his record as governor was anything but conservative -- or at least the sort of conservative that the inhabitants of this right-wing Insanitarium understand conservatism to be. One word: Romneycare. (You want more? How about support for abortion rights?)

Third, he didn't fight long odds in Massachusetts. That state is blue, yes, but it has a history of electing moderate Republicans at the state-wide level (e.g., Gov. William Weld), and back then Romney was what we in Canada call a progressive conservative, pretty much as moderate a Republican as they come. And of course he was only a one-term governor. It's not like he fought the odds for long.

Nice try, Willard, but I'm not sure any conservative worth his or her CPAC name tag is buying your bullshit.

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