Okay, let’s talk about Mitt Romney. I mean, I’d rather not but it looks like he’s the GOP nominee. Nobody really likes Mitt Romney. That’s why he hasn’t really been able to put the hammer down on the other GOP contenders. He’s the presumptive nominee, but there’s no real enthusiasm from the GOP base because he just isn’t rabid enough. And he’s confusing. He changes positions more frequently than Stevie Nicks changes her concert outfits. There’s a joke out there that goes like this:
A liberal, moderate and conservative walk into a bar. The bartender picks his head up and says, “Hey, Mitt.”
Mitt “Whatever It Takes” Romney really wants to get himself elected. That’s why you can never quite figure out what side of the issue he’s really on. It depends upon the situation. (Although he’ll borrow a phrase from Barack Obama and tell you he’s evolving.) When Mitt was governor of the great state of Massachusetts, he signed into law health care reform (called RomneyCare) that looks suspiciously like what is now called ObamaCare. Of course, now he’s pledged to repeal Obama’s health care reform package if elected. When he was trying to get elected here in Massachusetts, he supported Planned Parenthood. Hell, his wife even gave Planned Parenthood a donation! Now, he’s promised to defund Planned Parenthood. And last but not least, we’ve got a subject that’s near and dear to my heart. At one time, Mitt Romney pledged to make Boston a Rainbow City. Now that he’s running for president, Mitt Romney has signed the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) anti-gay pledge. Hey, whatever it takes, Mitt.
So, apparently now, what it takes is making an issue of the Second Amendment…even when there is no issue. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen Barack Obama do a damned thing about tightening gun laws. In fact, all I’ve seen is a proliferation of “Stand Your Ground” laws and, in the states with those laws, an increase in the incidence of what is called ‘justifiable’ homicide. Yet, as governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported the state’s tough gun control laws, vowing that he wouldn’t dilute them. In 2004, he even signed a bill to permanently ban assault weapons in Massachusetts. But that was then. This is now. And now Mitt Romney wants to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In order to do that, he has to move pretty far to the right.
Here’s Romney making an issue out of a complete non-issue:
Now, let’s face it. The most ardent GOP conservatives are grudgingly accepting Mitt Romney as the presumptive nominee. He is not their first choice, not by a long shot. And he’s definitely not the favorite son of the NRA. That would be Ron “Gimme Back My Bullets” Paul. Making an impassioned speech about the Second Amendment and attacking Barack Obama was a no-brainer for Romney. Even though Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are hanging on, Romney has moved into general election mode. There’s no better way to make points with the NRA than by echoing the paranoid ramblings of its president, Wayne LaPierre, who wrote this cautionary message about an Obama win in 2012:
“Everything you and I, and gun owners across America have fought to achieve over the past three decades could be lost as a result of just one presidential election.”
The fact of the matter is that President Obama did nothing to roll back gun rights even after Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson. He even signed a bill allowing citizens to carry guns in national parks.
But no matter, it’s election season in the United States, and this is Romney’s first successful primary season on the national stage – lackluster though it may be. Expect him to go whatever way the wind blows and, if there isn’t an issue with his Democratic incumbent, he’ll invent one.