Monday, February 21, 2011

Romney in 2012 ?

President Obama seems somewhat secure come re -election time due to the list of Republican front runners he may face. This of course doesn't explain why Obama has failed to deliver the "change" his campaign promised, or why he has surrendered on almost every issue to Republican demands. Perhaps when he considers rivals such as Sarah Palin, or the other paid FOX News pundits who will be seeking the Republican nomination, Obama feels there aren't enough selfish crazy Americans to vote for these people in a national election.

But there is one Republican front - runner who has, up until the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, kept away from the FOX News "Tea" party extremism. Although Mitt Romney made some absurd statements, such as blaming Obama for the "Hoovervilles" in America and saying Obama's State of the Union address sounded like his own CPAC speech from the previous year (perhaps that isn't so absurd)Romney would be the most formidable opponent Obama could face in his effort to be re -elected in 2012.

When one considers Romney signed a health care law in Massachusetts as governor, which is similar to the health care law signed by President Obama , and the fact Obama has seemingly abandoned his "base" and the people who voted for him in the first place in the futile effort to arrive at "bipartisan" solutions, many Democrats who bother to vote in 2012 could indeed vote for Mitt Romney.

Romney won the election for Governor of Massachusetts , not exactly a "conservative" state, in 2002, but did not seek reelection in 2006. During his term, he presided over a series of spending cuts and increases in fees while the state's finances improved. As long as the economy remains a disaster, Romney remains a viable candidate with a record of success. Romney signed into law the landmark Massachusetts health care reform legislation which provided near-universal health insurance access via subsidies and state-level mandates, so it seems unlikely repealing "Obamacare" would be at the top of his agenda.

Of course Romney would have to gain the Republican nomination, and will be accused of not being "conservative" enough, but campaign finances won't be a problem for him, as indeed it is becoming ever more obvious since the "Citizens United" case American elected offices will be going to the highest bidder, and he will certainly seem more sane to moderates repulsed by Sarah Palin and her FOX News cohorts.

Obama better get started on some of this "change" he was supposed to bring about, because so far there has been very little if any. The only change since Obama was elected has been a Democratic president pushing Republican policies. If Romney gets the Republican nomination in 2012, he may very well win The Election.

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