But in all seriousness if the choice is between Santorum or Newt, I will give those men my vote plus money and other support. This election is just too damned serious not to sit out.
Now if the Republican Party nominates the former governor of Massachusetts, I will save some money in the short term He's not getting a donation from me and God knows I won't work a phone bank or anything else. Why you ask? If anything shows why this man belongs in the Democratic Party (alone with his buddy, Jon Huntsman) this is it. From Mother Jones:
First, anyone who praises the efforts of Ted Kennedy in health care is not a conservative or really a Republican. But the article puts it suscinctly:
It's no secret that Mitt Romney has an albatross around his neck: Romneycare, the Massachusetts health care overhaul he enacted while governor of the Bay State. The plan, which included a mandate compelling state residents to obtain health insurance, was a model in part for President Barack Obama's health care reform, which is much-despised by conservatives and Republican voters.
So far, Romney has deftly navigated this potential land mine of a campaign issue. Defending his health care program, he has argued that it was significantly different from Obama's measure—while calling for repeal of the Obama initiative. His foes in the GOP presidential primary have jabbed Romney for imposing a mandate on Massachusetts residents. But none of these blows have floored the candidate. That's partly due to his opponents' ineptitude.
At a September 12 debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry did exclaim that Romneycare is "the model for Obamacare." Yet Romney slyly replied, "I'd be careful about trusting what President Obama says as to what the source was to his plan." Perry's assault fizzled. But according to a story broken on Tuesday by NBC News' Michael Isikoff, White House visitors logs reveal that Romney's health care advisers and experts repeatedly met with senior Obama administration officials in 2009, while Obama's health care plan was being drafted...
Now Mother Jones is not a leftist rag like the NY Times, WP, USA Today, etc. Unlike those waste of paper this magazine is proudly leftist and I can respect that. And unlike those rags who are trying to push the weakest candidate (with the possible exception of Ron Paul) for the Republican nomination, Mother Jones has a good look at what this means.
This Ted Kennedy lovefest footage from the 2006 bill-signing ceremony for the health care law is probably not what Romney wants GOP primary voters to have in mind when they enter a polling place or caucus meeting. When he has discussed his health care law on the presidential campaign trail—in 2007 and this past year—Romney has occasionally noted that it demonstrated his ability to work with the opposition, including the late Sen. Kennedy. But in these settings he doesn't describe Kennedy as his "collaborator" whose work "behind the scenes" was "absolutely essential" for passage of the health care plan. Nor does he call Kennedy, whom Romney praised for winning crucial federal support for the Massachusetts bill, a "parent" of Romneycare.
Yet on the day his health care plan became state law, an excited Romney joyously shared credit with the liberal lion of the US Senate.
As of Tuesday, only 2,016 people have viewed this video, which was posted during Romney's 2007 presidential campaign. It would not be surprising if Romney's opponents in the current campaign find a way to direct a bit more traffic in its direction.
I asks anyone who sees this video to spread it to anyone who is thinking of voting for Romney in the Republican nomination fight. This is what you are supporting and he's not a conservative. I don't argue if Romney is nominated vote for him against Obama. But we have to do better than this. And lets keep this vetting process on till the convention.
And I know Governor Romney's campaign doesn't want this shown so I will do what I can to push it out. Thank you Mother Jones for putting this out and for Mark Levine for linking it up. Hopefully other campaigns are getting ready to show what the most electable candidate really stands for.