Thursday, February 7, 2008

So long, Willard

Willard ("Mitt") Romney has finally withdrawn for the GOP race after he was trounced by John McCain (and Mike Huckabee) on Super Tuesday.

Everybody sing it now, "So long farewell, I leave and heave a sigh and say good bye".

Goodbye Mitt. Maybe you can go contemplate where you really stand on all of the issues from your easy chair at home rather than in the Oval Office.

I actually don't even have a problem with not being sure about positions on some of the issues. My problem with Mitt was that he did a complete 180 degree turn on every important issue. It wasn't just that he was moderating his positions on some issues after reflecting and investigating. No, he was once very very liberal on his positions, and for this race, he became very, very conservative. Not to defend John Kerry's failed run at the White House, but at least when he was accused of "flip-flopping" it was actually because his stances were actually fairly nuanced. This was not the case with Mitt...he was strongly on one side, before he was on the other side. In actuality, I'm sure most of you can think of at least 2 or 3 reasons to be for and and 2 or 3 reasons to be against certain positions that are important in politics.

Here, why don't you practice. Mentally think of a few reasons for each side of the argument (for/against) for the following issues:

1. Abortion

2. Stem-cell research

3. Immigration

4. Gay rights/marriage

5. Tax cuts

6. Curbing global warming

7. Universal health care

8. Fighting terrorism

9. Gun Control

I think most people (who are reasonable), can find reasons to be on both sides of those issues. It just does not make sense to be all the way to one side, and then all the way to another a few years later unless you are pandering to your base!

Goodbye Willard!

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