Romney cedes his platform authorship to a group of lawyers

Wondering why you haven’t seen too much of Mitt Romney lately? Perhaps it’s because he doesn’t know what position to take on the issues. To remedy this, Romney is putting together a team of over 60 lawyers to tell him what to say:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is forming a “Justice Advisory Committee” of lawyers to advise him on legal issues. Members will include Ronald Reagan’s former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Romney’s campaign said the committee, comprising more than 60 attorneys, will advise him on the “Constitution, judicial matters, law enforcement, homeland security, and regulatory issues.” Some members will also provide legal counsel to the campaign.

In a statement, Romney said the country “needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench.”

I can understand having a few advisers, but Robert Bork and Michael Chertoff are no mere legal mercenaries. Romney will now become a spokesperson for his team of 60+ lawyers, simply relaying their message as his position. Using his deep pockets, he will simply purchase segments of his campaign platform from his group much like a struggling college student buys a ghostwritten paper to submit as his own original work. This is yet another glaring case of Romney’s inability to lead.

Perhaps now he will at least be consistent.


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