Mr. Romney's fundamental error was assuming that such differences could be parsed by his own group of experts, as if government can be run by management consultants. He still seems to believe he somehow squared the views of Jonathan Gruber, the MIT evangelist for ObamaCare, with those of the Heritage Foundation.
In reality, his ostensible liberal allies like the late Ted Kennedy saw an opening to advance their own priorities, and in Mr. Romney they took advantage of a politician who still doesn't seem to understand how government works. It's no accident that RomneyCare's most vociferous defenders now are in the White House and left-wing media and think tanks. They know what happened, even if he doesn't.
For a potential President whose core argument is that he knows how to revive free market economic growth, this amounts to a fatal flaw. Presidents lead by offering a vision for the country rooted in certain principles, not by promising a technocracy that runs on "data." Mr. Romney's highest principle seems to be faith in his own expertise.
More immediately for his Republican candidacy, the debate over ObamaCare and the larger entitlement state may be the central question of the 2012 election. On that question, Mr. Romney is compromised and not credible. If he does not change his message, he might as well try to knock off Joe Biden and get on the Obama ticket.
I've been very critical of Mitt Romney and all of the establishment Republicans, who I sincerely feel are as bad, or worse, than any democrat. Why do I feel this way? Well, most establishment Republicans are progressives [liberals] and love Big Government boondoggles just as much as any socialist/communist democrat. The establishment is more worried about keeping power than fixing the nation's ills. Their world view simply doesn't fit with that of the American people, and this is completely unacceptable.
I'm said for some time that liberal, Big Government Republicans like Romney, Huckabee, Daniels, and Chris Christie would be a much better fit for the democrat party, and truth be told, have a better shot at being elected President if they'd switch parties and take Obama on. It seems the Wall Street Journal at least partially agrees, when it comes to Mitt Romney.
I've been tough on Romney, the politician, because I simply don't think he has the intelligence, or backbone to be President. His record as Governor is certainly nothing anyone would be proud of. I'm also troubled by his complete dishonesty when it comes to the RomneyCare debate. Though it's been proven ad nauseum that RomneyCare, as it exists today, is as Mitt envisioned it when he created the monstrous disaster. Instead of accepting the fact he is the father of socialized medicine in America, and his creation is a failure of epic proportions, Mitt tries to lay the blame on those rascally democrats who messed with his baby after he left.
Let's examine this concept. Let's pretend Mitt is right, even though the facts say something different. What does it say about Romney's judgement? Seriously, you could randomly pick almost anyone off the street and they would tell you that once you let government grab control of something, it's all downhill from there. Romney is supposed to be one of our smartest people, and he couldn't foresee the democrats, in a state known for electing left wing extremists, changing things up?
This is why I question Romney's judgement and intelligence. Again, anyone with any common sense could have seen RomneyCare [and ObamaCare] is a disaster waiting to happen. It's a total abandonment of the free market principles that made America the greatest nation on earth. We are left with only two conclusions and neither bode well for Mitt.
Romney either lacks the intelligence and judgement to realize the result of creating RomneyCare was inevitable, or he's a Big Government liberal whose ideology blinds him to reality. Either way, the man isn't qualified to be President.
Mitt Romney has been proven to be nothing more than a political opportunist and a human windsock who changes positions to suit the moment, and seems to have no core principles whatsoever. Well no principles except he's Mitt Romney and it's "his turn!
The Journal sums it all up by saying: "Mr. Romney's highest principle seems to be faith in his own expertise." Looking at Romney's long record of poor judgement and inability to lead, this is not reassuring at all.
WE also agree with the Journal, and Romney's record as Governor backs this up, Mitt really doesn't seem to understand how Government works.
Read the entire bit on Romney here.