So wonders…everyone. Isn’t this supposed to be the guy with the leadership and savvy to reclaim the White House for the GOP?
RINO or not, when you’re right, you’re right. How is that we’ve been through a minor Republican civil war this week and the party’s ostensible frontrunner hasn’t been moved to take a position? I hate to inconvenience his career ambitions, but would it be terribly much to ask for a clear endorsement for or against a bill that the entire conservative world has been obsessing over? Instead we get mealy-mouthed noncommittal statements about the “strong stance” taken by House Republicans paired with reminders that he supports Cut, Cap, and Balance — neither of which answers the question of whether he’d vote for Boehner’s bill. No wonder he’s drawing snotty wisecracks from rival camps. Said Pawlenty’s spokesman, “I’m sure [Romney spokesman Eric] Fehrnstrom will share Gov. Romney’s position as soon as he takes one.” And this from Examiner columnist Timothy Carney: “If you took Obama’s plan and Romney’s plan, and just met in the middle, you’d be in the middle of nowhere.”
So we’ve gotten as much leadership from Mitt Romney as we have from Barack Obama. I think that about says it all. To be fair, though, I haven’t heard much from any of the other candidates, save Gary Johnson. Bachmann, McCotter, and Paul can at least say they were too busy in Washington working to strike a deal (or working against one). Whether or not that will fly with the voters, I do not know.