Friday, January 25, 2008

Romney and the Florida GOP Debate

The buzz is that Mitt Romney won the debate last night and has all the momentum leading up to the Florida Primary.

A little reminder to everyone before they start jumping on the Romney bandwagon:

UPDATE (28 January)
"Why I Don't Trust Mitt Romney" - Deal Hudson, InsideCatholic

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
InsideCatholic: "Why Mitt Romney Is the Best Choice for Catholic Conservatives"

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At 1/25/2008 11:20 AM, Blogger Terry said...

Although as a registered Independent I can't vote, as a Floridian I watched it in its entirety with keen interest. I know MSNBC kept trying to sell that he won, but I simply wasn't buying. He comes off as a used car salesman. Moreover, I think he would be completely dismantled by the Clintons.

His spokesman, Bay Buchanan, was on a local station yesterday (the mornings and early evenings are completely occupied with Catholic programming), saying her brother is "sympathetic to a Romney Presidency." As much as I respect Patrick Buchanan, I simply don't see Romney in the light so many other conservatives do. It goes back to what you said earlier Jay: so many of these conservatives are basically saying "Romney's our best choice, trust us," yet they've all failed to tell me why and explain his checkered past.

If anything, I thought Huckabee did quite well, especially in explaining the Fair Tax.

Nice concerted effort by all parties to keep it civil. That could prove to have important dividends down the road.

At 1/25/2008 7:49 PM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

Not a big Romney fan, but I don't think bringing up his support before his pro-life conversion is all that useful. If he did this after he says he saw the light it would be another thing.

Though Romney only has himself to blame as to why we would be skeptical of what certainly can look like a timely conversion.

At 1/26/2008 9:16 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I think it's useful because I'm not convinced his pro-life "conversion" is either authentic or complete. Note that he still supports ESCR.

And look at the date on that signature supporting Roe: 2002. That's very recent. And it's relevant because what he's telling us NOW doesn't match how he governed THEN, and THEN wasn't so long ago.

I'd be more impressed with Romney's sudden conversion on the issues if he had spent another term as Governor and put his new-found principles to work in how he governed. Instead, Romney decided to forego another term and run for President. And suddenly he's with us on the issues when he never was before.

Sorry. Not buying it. So, I'd say bringing up his fairly recent support for Roe is highly relevant in light of the fact that he's never put his suddenly-pro-life-now-that-he-wants-the-GOP-presidential-nomination principles into practice.


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