Romney in moderation at last - maybe? We'll have to elect him to find out what he really meansSubmitted by ronb28135 on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:53
I am frequently finding that the American Conservative is the place to go for an unvarnished discussion of current events. May I dare say that it is giving Reason Magazine competition as a libertarian/Republican outlet for news and views.
"A clear victory in the first presidential debate gave a huge boost to a demoralized Romney campaign. How he won that debate, though, is just as significant. Romney won by sounding like the well-informed moderate he has always been purported to be. He knocked a lethargic President Obama on his knees by embracing centrist positions on taxes, insurance coverage of those with preexisting medical conditions, Wall Street reform, the role of regulation in the marketplace, and education.
"The bigger question is whether Romney’s pivot toward the center occurred too late to rescue him. It’s now October. Voter perceptions and preferences have largely calcified. And from the moment he sewed up the nomination and through to Denver — an eternal-seeming six months — Romney half-heartedly and unconvincingly waged a losing campaign on behalf of movement conservatism. If he wins, I suspect it will be nearly impossible next year for Romney to renege on his promise not to lower the share of taxes paid by the wealthy (though his definition of “middle income” does offer wiggle room). And he strongly signaled that he will not repeal but rather tweak Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial reforms."
The question remains: Can we trust this habitual flip-flopper to be a moderate Republican and not fall back on his Establishment ways if he is elected? Republicans have a habit of doing just that.