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    Being an unreliable conservative is not an accusation Romney should be making about others.

    Being an unreliable conservative is not an accusation Romney should be making about others.

    Mitt Romney was on Fox News Sunday this morning, and his interview went well overall.

    But Romney is doubling down on his claims that Newt is an unreliable conservative because of Newt’s comments last spring about the Ryan Plan and “right wing social engineering,” and his couch video with Nancy Pelosi.

    As I have pointed out before, Romney did not back Ryan at the time and said he would bring forward his own plan.  It turns out that Newt was right that the Ryan Plan as originally conceived was a plan too far, and even Ryan has walked back from it.

    Romney this morning said that Newt was unreliable because he tried to cut the legs out from under the Ryan Plan at a critical juncture.

    Talk about cutting the legs out from a conservative agenda at a critical time, what Newt did last spring was nothing compared to what Romney did in 1994 when he ran against the Contract with America and ran away from Reagan during his race for Senate.

    It is what euphemistically is called Romney’s 1994 Problem.

    Romney tried to undercut the greatest conservative achievement in a generation for his own political gain.

    Being an unreliable conservative is not an accusation Romney should be making about others.


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    LukeHandCool | December 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Putting the question of reliability aside, (and slightly OT), one of the big differences between Mitt and Newt (surey not their first names) is style, much to Newt’s advantage, I believe, in a match up against Obama.

    Mitt is smooth and polished. He looks well-rehearsed. That’s good. But merely good.

    But Newt becomes almost poetic in his articulation in debates, and his seemingly off-the-cuff, yet beautifully crafted answers are often inspiring compared to Romney’s merely nicely competent answers.

    In a debate with Obama, who will not be able to run on his record, and for whom class warfare is failing to gain the expected traction, Obama will likely have to go with his supposed eloquence and magic as the greatest orator ever to be president.

    Next to Newt, that fairy tale will shatter once and for all. With no teleprompter … and Newt giving lessons in history and oratory with a grasp of the English language Obama couldn’t pull off with a telepromptered cable feed straight into his brain, all the king’s media men won’t be able to put Hope and Change Obama back together again.

    When things go live, in real time, that’s when Toto pulls back the curtain on the Wizard … revealing him to be an average human being. Very average. Totally overrated. Standing next to someone who really is a gifted orator.

    It would be shocking.

    Same Same | December 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Romney has been. in some cases, admirably consistent. He has, for example, never backed away from RomneyCare or doubted Global Warming.

    kobayashi | December 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I liked the Ryan plan, from what I heard of it.
    One thing in particular was that, in general it was the Federal Employees plan applied across the board.

    I’d like to latch on to the URL of the download of the ‘original’ Ryan plan, the ‘new revised’ Ryan plan, And any Romney, Gingrich, or ‘other’ GOP contender, present, future, or past.

    If we picture the situation we have today as a 2011 Gordian Knot, we need a very Gordian Knot solution. By that I mean a solution substantially beyond untangling the surface layer. Congress in July seemed to be mostly ‘working around the margins’.

    You’re a must read, professor!

    Astroman | December 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I’m no fan of Romney, but I think Romney is being smart about this. Everybody already knows Romney isn’t a consistent conservative Romney’s supporters are liberal/moderates, so it won’t hurt him if it boomerangs back that Romney isn’t a conservative.

    On the other hand, Gingrich is perceived as a true conservative, and if conservatives begin to doubt Gingrich’s conservatism, that will hurt him a great deal.

      Rick in reply to Astroman. | December 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      This is a great commentary on where we are in America. Taken a step further, if Romney calls others liars it is OK because we all know he is a liar in any event.

        Astroman in reply to Rick. | December 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        The really sad part is that Republicans & conservatives consider someone who was pro-healthcare mandate, pro-amnesty, and cashed in with Freddie Mac to be a conservative.

        Sad times indeed.

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