The Narrative MUST Live…
Sounds like Dr. Frankenstein discussing his creation, doesn't it? Says the AP:
Romney's standing is hardly secure.
At some point this just gets funny. Ramesh Ponnuru is holding the narrative in favor of his guy McCain too.
Romney’s Mormonism and flip-flopping are political liabilities both with Republican primary voters and with the electorate at large.
Ramesh – after the weekend Romney had, there may be reasons to oppose him, but his faith is not one of them. If it was going to hurt him, it was then.
Snarky politcal comment from Lowell: Ponnuru says McCain:
is solid on almost all of the important issues: the war, judges, entitlements, abortion, trade. . . Even on taxes, he has righted himself. He voted against the Bush tax cuts, but he has never voted to raise income taxes and, this spring, ruled out any such move in an interview with me.
(Emphasis added.) The words "lame defense" come to mind. McCain "solid" on judges? What? Has Ramesh ever heard of the Gang of 14? And the Bush tax cuts have been the key to our current amazing economy; McCain voted against them. That he pledges never to raise taxes doesn't do much to address that little problem.
Speaking of which…
The Mormon/flip-flop connection is becoming a bit of a code, you don't hear one without the other. But James Bopp points out in an op-ed that did not get picked up nearly enough places that there is difference between a flip-flop and a conversion, one is political expediency, the other principle.
Romney now says he was wrong about abortion in those years, that his position has "evolved and deepened" as governor, and that he is "firmly pro-life." As Jeff Jacoby of The Boston Globe put it: "Romney's very public migration rightward over the last few years is . . . intended not to hide his real views but to liberate them."
Actions speak louder than words and in this case Romney's actions are solid. "Flip-flop" may just be the words behind which anti-Mormon bias is hiding . . . .
Lowell interjects: Well, Dan Bartlett predicted that. I think what Bartlett said was stupid, but he may well be right. The phenomenon of "when they say 'flip-flop,' it really means 'Mormon" will probably continue through the primary season. I wonder, however: If Romney becomes the nominee, or even looks like he will, will people still vote their biases when it actually comes time to pull the lever in the voting booth?
As for Bopp's point about Romney's true views on life issues being "liberated," I think that's true. Of course, I am a Romney loyalist. But Bopp's idea deserves a lot more attention than it's getting.
The Dallas Morning News reports local concerns that small-minded Evangelicals may hurt the party's chances come next fall. You know, it is important to remember that a Democratic presidency is a whole lot worse than the current crop of Republicans. We do need to be smart about these things.