I was looking for a reason to not vote for Mitt Romney this time around. I’m not a fan of RomneyCare, which is the reason I wanted an alternative. I liked Herman Cain, then he flamed out. I even flirted with the idea of Newt Gingrich for a few minutes, then I remembered why I don’t like him, and he made it a point to go out there and continue reminding me of what I find so vile about him. I even thought Rick Santorum might be “the one.”
I suppose Santorum could have been the one if I didn’t pay so much attention. But then he started talking about how harmful birth control is, or maybe he talked about it before, I don’t know. I don’t care. That’s not the issue – now it’s out there. I can’t tell you how many middle of the road voters I’ve talked to who told me they cannot, ever, for any reason, vote for Rick Santorum. They will endure another four years of the Obama economy if it means they don’t have to live under the theologian in chief. That’s not me talking. That’s what I’ve heard from people who vote.
Those same middle of the road voters tell me they would be comfortable voting for Mitt Romney. They say they like him because he did something about health care when he was a governor. He also doesn’t frighten them when it comes to birth control. He comes across as normal and capable. He doesn’t whine.
Here’s what I think. The people of Massachusetts voted for Mitt Romney to be their governor, at the same time they voted for a bunch of die hard liberals to serve in their legislature. They got exactly what they voted for. Don’t tell me that if not for the Massachusetts health law we wouldn’t have Obamacare. With O’Care, the Democrats knew they had a window of opportunity to ram that through, and they took it. They would have passed that dreaded law come hell or high water. It wouldn’t have mattered if any of the former Mass. people were involved.
As for Rick Santorum, in addition to auditioning for the job of preacher in chief, he also has a fiscal history that riles me, the more I find out. I’m not on the hook for Mitt Romney’s health care plan, but I may be on the hook for Santorum’s tunnel to nowhere.
One complaint is that Mr. Santorum’s claim of being the only truly small-government conservative among the three top GOP nomination contenders is undermined by his support of big-government spending while in the Senate — especially when it comes to the mile-long Pittsburgh tunnel project that was part of a deal with Mr. Brooks and his union.
In exchange for helping push through federal support for the project, Mr. Santorum won the endorsement of the state’s building and construction trade unions — including Mr. Brooks‘ 14,000-member carpenters union.
Even Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican from Pennsylvania, turned against the project when its overruns climbed to $450 million and then hit $528 million.
“We had a deal with Santorum,” said Mr. Brooks, whose Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters, along with other major building and construction trade unions, endorsed Mr. Santorum after the senator went to bat in Washington for construction of the tunnel under the Allegheny River. The tunnel’s only stop is at the two taxpayer-funded sports stadiums built with Mr. Santorum’s support.
“Very seldom are you going to have a union endorse a Republican,” said Mr. Brooks. “But the project created 4,000 jobs” — even if they were temporary — for workers in the construction and building trades.
Read the rest, it gets even worse. I’m sitting here wondering how much that failed project added to the national debt my kids will be stuck paying off, so he could get some union endorsements. Not to mention that his campaign organization is so bad they failed to get on the ballot all over the place. Do you think Obama’s campaign team is that inept and disorganized? If so, I have a bridge to sell you, I could use the money.
Mitt Romney is not a horrible person. He’s wildly successful and he turned around the Olympics. He’s been faithful to his wife and family. He does what he’s hired to do. At this point, that’s good enough for me. The rest of them are just getting on my nerves, and could wind up seeing to it that President Obama gets a second term. Is that what we want?
While I was writing this, Newt Gingrich, in all of his infinite and delusional wisdom,was explaining how he plans to make sure Obama is reelected. The same way this mental giant helped elect Democrat Rep. Bill Owens in NY23. He just didn’t phrase it that way.
Oh, and as far as Santorum being the middle class candidate, how many of us in the middle class have a second home that looks like this:
I was undecided between Romney and Santorum until now, but to be honest, Romney’s the only one out there anymore that I believe.
One more thing – I do not begrudge the Santorum family for living in this lovely home. What I do begrudge is that while living in their mansion they pretend they’re just like the rest of us, when clearly they are not. Who cares what your grandpa did when you made your living off the taxpayer dime? Same thing goes for Newt, with his $500,000 Tiffany account. They’re all a bunch of hypocrites.
Update: Linked by Gotham Resistance – thanks! Be sure to read it, Obama’s folks came out and said if the election were held today Romney would win. Is this the Obama camp hoping to run against Romney, or are they hoping to scare Republicans into voting for Santorum, Gingrich or Paul? I also agree with the sentiment “Anybody but Obama.” See my follow up post here.