Conventional wisdom says Romney is the inevitible nominee. I'm not so sure, and won't be voting for him regardless, but let's assume he's it.
The good: He's more competent than the current guy. And Barry has had 4 years to practice. The only thing Barry has done right, that a Kleenex box also couldn't have done right, I'll concede, is this recent Asia Pacific Rim thingy. Oh sure, he flubbed some teleprompter lines, but that's immaterial to the foreign policy. (and: "Hey, Kleenex box? Should we take out Bin Laden?" "Ehhhhhh, ok." See, even a Kleenex box can make the call.) Mitt will do better at all the aspects of a Presidential day, methinks.
The bad: His policies are pretty much the same the current guy. OK, let's give Romney the benefit of the doubt again. He did those things because of the State he was governor of. Better to shape the issue than to bobble it and let it shape itself. Ride the liberal Massachusetts tiger because not riding it means it eats you. In charge of a more center-right country means his center right principles can come mroe to the fore. This concession is a big stretch for me. Plus it does nothing to assuage that this talented and effective gov't man won't try to solve the nations problems with gov't solutions, rather than reeling in the gov't that IS our problem of late. Or a big part of our problems.
I am concerned that he won't repeal Obamacare, but will merely radically transform it into Romneycare II, Electric Boogaloo. Just as bad, if not worse at its core.
Plus there will be a perfect storm of troubles in 2013 for whoever gets elected. Tax cuts inspiring, planned tax increases enacting...
But back to Romney. His record on the 2nd Amendment. JayG spits on his living room carpet every time someone mentions Romney and guns. It's a big put off for many readers of this blog, certainly. So how does Romney polish this bonifide and get the gunnies into his corner?
Standard thing is to go duck hunting. This hasn't worked for some time. It appeals to Fudds when the candidate pulls it off, but it's not the panacea it might have been a couple decades ago. Plus, it'd look disengenuous. Like Senator Kerry, pretending.
Romney could shoot a coyote threatening his dog while out jogging with his CCW weapon. Or he could go to an IDPA and do a halfway decent job. This would also backfire on him, even if he could arrange it. I don't think he knows how to shoot or is good enough at it to pull off an IDPA demo. He'd end up looking like Dukakis in his tank. And I doubt he has a CCW to even be ready to put down an attacking wild beast.
I guess his best bet is to be honest. Admit that he's not that familiar with guns. Secretly go to a few pistol training sessions to 'get to know better about the issue, plus it's fun'. Let it leak out that he secretly did such a thing. Expound on the issue when questioned about it later with all the right pro-freedom tunes. Gunnies are a cynical lot, but it'd help with a good number of us. Faux self-defense education is better than faux hunting. Instead of faux we need more GOP types to be less Metrocon and more like Cheney and Perry. At least a little bit.
It'd take a lot more than that to get me to vote for Mitt, though.
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