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How might Mitt purge his progressive past

The 29% ceiling on Romney’s support was erected by him, not Southern Evangelicals

Bachmanns and Perrys come and Bachmanns and Perrys go, but Mitt never gets the leftovers, no matter how much he raises Cain. And don’t be fooled by the recent semantic flap over “Christians” and “cults”. Even Reverend Jeffress admitted that he would vote for Mormon Romney over Christian President Barack Obama.

Religion is the least of Mitt’s problems with all Republican voters

No, the former Governor of the Bay State’s problem with Evangelicals, North and South and non-Evangelicals across the Fruited Plain is a matter of trust on conservative issues of mostly an economic variety.

For the record, this Southern Baptist Carolina Gamecock roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia supported Mitt Romney as far back as 2007, before and after Fred Thompson’s cameo appearance and think he would be a great President that all Americans would be proud of.

Here’s why:

  • Character? Check. The husband of one wife and father’s family right out of Norman Rockwell’s portfolio could probably rival the Father of our Country in having never told a lie nor chopped down a cherry tree.
  • Competence? Check. Profits are the “Bain” of his business existence.
  • National Security hawk? Check. He kept Salt Lake City Olympians safe after 911.
  • Social Issue conversion believable? Check. He’s a Mormon. Yes, he pandered for Massachusetts soccer mom votes, but we consider his post-fetal tissue embryos as trash pro-life epiphany to be genuine.
  • Debating whiz? Its self evident.

Unfortunately, absent bona fide conservative policies, none of the above will cure what ails America. Laws must be changed in specific ways to lower the debt, balance the budget and but quickly to save the USA from a future as Greece being bitch-slapped by China.

Policy matters most

I have no doubt that his election and many of his policies will foster a recovery of some magnitude from Great Depression II, anemic QE-fueled stock market-driven GDP numbers notwithstanding; and a lowering of the unemployment rate.

Of “some” magnitude. But America can no longer abide milquetoast photo-op bi-partisan government when Republicans get the messes inevitably left over when Americans take leave of their senses and empower liberal Democrat super-majorities.

Which is why we cringed during the recent Bloomberg-Dartmouth Debate as Mitt waxed syrupy about reaching across the aisle to compromise with Democrats.

Compromise didn’t keep Salt Lake safe from terrorists, doesn’t cure cancers of the body and didn’t work a RomneyCare miracle in Massachusetts no matter how slickly one explains away what is and what could have been; and splitting the differences with Reids and Pelosis won’t cure what Obama, Reid and Pelosi wrought.

Save anymore RomneyCare postmortems for your post-Presidency memoirs. Massachusetts arguably had to do damage control due to federal government distortion of the health care and health insurance markets. Mitt will have no such excuse as President of the United States.

In Washington, D.C. he won’t have to compromise with Democrats if nature takes its natural course next November. He will have, dare I say, right-minded conservative Republicans to deal with in Congress, if not like-minded. And if the few Democrats over 39 that remain in the Senate stand in the way, then we don’t pass bills just for the sake of passing a bill and pretending we solved a problem for David Gregory’s sake at NBC. And besides, much can be repealed via budget reconciliation and by a GOP Senate employing the Reid Rule to waive pesky 60-vote requirements not in the Constitution.

The salad days, when Establishment Republicans did little harm and looked so much better than Clintons and Obamas by comparison, ended with the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 and after the rising of health insurance premiums in Massachusetts and the United States after the passage of RomneyCare and ObamaCare, respectively.

Read our lips and make conservative promises

We trust your word sir, coupled with the lesson of the re-election dog that didn’t bark for George H.W. Bush. Therefore, you shall promise to repeal ObamaCare whether or not it is immediately replaced by 59-point plans you can’t recite or even lay out bullet points for in a website summary (we looked).

You will allow interstate sales of health insurance policies, forthwith. Yes, we appreciate your discovery of the John Adam’s Massachusetts Constitution and the Tenth Amendment right of states to follow bad advice from Samuel Adams within their borders. But the Articles of Confederation were chucked for ferry boat-like monopolies akin to today’s 50 state health insurance monopolies. The interstate commerce clause has surely been abused by Congress and aided and abetted by the Supreme Court, but that clause was inserted by the Framers specifically to foster interstate commerce. See Gibbons v. Ogden (1824).

So promise to foster it.

As we stated earlier, those that revere the name of Christ don’t care about the doctrinal tenants of Mormonism. But neither do we want an unconstitutional National Church of Man-Made Global Warming respected by laws and regulations that deny We the People the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Human happiness over imagined threats to the polar bear and snail darters.

We all favor reasonable pollution controls and energy efficiency, but by all means we must have energy to fuel modern life and that includes Americans driving huge SUVs and Monster trucks if we please, at reasonable prices the market produces.

Recycling and other environmental fetishes more about moral preening over wine and cheese are so over outside the Beltway. You know, where the votes are and jobs just now ain’t?

You will promise to eschew any policy based on man-made global warming or you will not be nominated by the Grand Old Party. You are going to have a hard time buying it anyway given your progressive past.

And don’t worry, if it turns out that the breath of humans turns out to be harmful to the Earth, there are plenty of tsunami-free zones in Utah and other places inland where we can wait until the second Coming takes our breath away. If you are truly an acolyte of Rev. Al Gore’s gospel, prove it and buy some coastal front property in Arizona to leave to your great-grand children before you tell Americans and the Third World to give up dreams of prosperity.

I lean to Cain, but remain persuadable.

Mike DeVine

Editor – Hillbilly Politics

Co-Founder and Editor – Political Daily

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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From the Dispatches (Lady P – Ed)

Mike gamecock DeVine
A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of HillbillyPolitics.com since 2009. www.devinelawvista.com

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  1. If he’s the nominee, we have no other choice than to believe his promises of being a redeemed ….(fill in the blanks.) A crap shoot is still better than a Hard Sevener ( a little Muslim lingo).

    But as a primary candidate it’s Mitt’s word that is his greatest liability. Five men and women stand ahead of him on that one account alone.

  2. Mitt’s word is worth as much as Manbearpig’s predictions of global catastrophe. They call him Flipper for a reason. He’s the establishment GOP’s pick for the same reason. He’s the poster boy of bi-partisanship and compromise. Bi-partisanship and compromise be damned, there’s no compromising with evil, whether it comes from the DNC or the GOP.

  3. I’m very tired of those willing to compromise on any conservative principle. To me, compromise = settling for a small slice (which is what continually happens to the middle class) when you should have it all for everyone.

    He might be a genuinely nice guy and an excellent business man, but at this stage of the game we need someone who has core conservative values taken to heart.

  4. Thank you GC this missive has served for me at least as a shaft of light showing a way forward othrough otherwise dark, roiling clouds. I have been nauseous over the total effect of the Repub debates, whose sum effect has only been that of a great circular firing squad . It has taken the whole national debate on jobs & the economy way off track and out into the weeds, and created a welcome distraction for Obama. Starting to feel like the RINO/DNC cabal is running things and has us where they want us. Our battle cry must be refocused to a true conservative in the primaries, but any R but Paul in the national election. In support of that last, I came upon a real good reason: even with Romney, some of the Supreme Court nominees may be palatable. The thought of four (4)extra years of Obama picking Supreme Court nominees, is too terrible to contemplate. Even Repub Senates are notorious for being “fair” and giving POTUS whatever he wants with nominees. The Republic absolutely could not withstand it.

      • Thought about it, Nessa, but, no, I reiterate my point. Four more years of Obama nominating SCOTUS appointees, and making lifetime appointments to the federal district and appellate level judges across the country – who will sit for 30 or 40 years – will effectively put an end to the social fabric of the USA we knew, assuming even the best for what happens to Obamacare (repealed) and the budget (repaired) in 2012. We are just beginning to recover as a nation from the Carter and Clinton federal district judge appointees destructions. Where do you think all these anti ten commandments and pledge of allegience lawsuits got their first legs? The federal judge in AZ that blocked their immigration law? I hope we never get to the point of having a Romney/RINO in the WH and having to cross our fingers on whom he would appoint. But Obama, in a last term, would turn the federal judiciary solid Alinsky Marxist just for spite. Right now the Fed.9th Cir Ct Appeals in San Francisco is *kind of* a joke, they issue a lot of destructive rulings, but everyone believes they will get reversed when they go to SCOTUS. No more; the 9th Circuit would become the guiding court that all the others look to.

  1. If he’s the nominee, we have no other choice than to believe his promises of being a redeemed ….(fill in the blanks.) A crap shoot is still better than a Hard Sevener ( a little Muslim lingo).

    But as a primary candidate it’s Mitt’s word that is his greatest liability. Five men and women stand ahead of him on that one account alone.

  2. Mitt’s word is worth as much as Manbearpig’s predictions of global catastrophe. They call him Flipper for a reason. He’s the establishment GOP’s pick for the same reason. He’s the poster boy of bi-partisanship and compromise. Bi-partisanship and compromise be damned, there’s no compromising with evil, whether it comes from the DNC or the GOP.

  3. I’m very tired of those willing to compromise on any conservative principle. To me, compromise = settling for a small slice (which is what continually happens to the middle class) when you should have it all for everyone.

    He might be a genuinely nice guy and an excellent business man, but at this stage of the game we need someone who has core conservative values taken to heart.

  4. Thank you GC this missive has served for me at least as a shaft of light showing a way forward othrough otherwise dark, roiling clouds. I have been nauseous over the total effect of the Repub debates, whose sum effect has only been that of a great circular firing squad . It has taken the whole national debate on jobs & the economy way off track and out into the weeds, and created a welcome distraction for Obama. Starting to feel like the RINO/DNC cabal is running things and has us where they want us. Our battle cry must be refocused to a true conservative in the primaries, but any R but Paul in the national election. In support of that last, I came upon a real good reason: even with Romney, some of the Supreme Court nominees may be palatable. The thought of four (4)extra years of Obama picking Supreme Court nominees, is too terrible to contemplate. Even Repub Senates are notorious for being “fair” and giving POTUS whatever he wants with nominees. The Republic absolutely could not withstand it.

      • Thought about it, Nessa, but, no, I reiterate my point. Four more years of Obama nominating SCOTUS appointees, and making lifetime appointments to the federal district and appellate level judges across the country – who will sit for 30 or 40 years – will effectively put an end to the social fabric of the USA we knew, assuming even the best for what happens to Obamacare (repealed) and the budget (repaired) in 2012. We are just beginning to recover as a nation from the Carter and Clinton federal district judge appointees destructions. Where do you think all these anti ten commandments and pledge of allegience lawsuits got their first legs? The federal judge in AZ that blocked their immigration law? I hope we never get to the point of having a Romney/RINO in the WH and having to cross our fingers on whom he would appoint. But Obama, in a last term, would turn the federal judiciary solid Alinsky Marxist just for spite. Right now the Fed.9th Cir Ct Appeals in San Francisco is *kind of* a joke, they issue a lot of destructive rulings, but everyone believes they will get reversed when they go to SCOTUS. No more; the 9th Circuit would become the guiding court that all the others look to.

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