I’m not really surprised by the Houston Chronicle’s endorsement of Mitt Romney for president. After all as the opening sentence of the editorial states, the endorsement of Obama in 2008 was the only time in 44 years that they endorsed a Democratic candidate. But at least their endorsement could have been based on something connected to…you know…reality. Maybe that was expecting too much.
The opening paragraph hits on something that is an often-repeated Republican talking point–and one that just frosts my flakes every time I hear it:
“Like so many others, we were captivated by the Illinois senator’s soaring rhetoric and energized by his promise to move American politics beyond partisan gridlock and into an era of hope and change. It hasn’t happened.”
And just who the hell is responsible for that inability to break the partisan gridlock? It surely couldn’t be the Republicans who met on the day President Obama was inaugurated and conspired to block everything he tried to do, could it? The partisan gridlock wouldn’t have anything to do with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement that Number One on the list of Republican priorities was to see to it that Obama was a one-term president, would it? Nah, no way. It’s all Obama’s fault.
The editorial goes on to decry that Obama has failed to cut the deficit, while proposing an expansive new focus by NASA on space exploration. They call for a larger focus on natural gas and shale oil production while stating “utmost care must be exercised to protect air and water resources.” So they endorse the candidate who promises to gut environmental regulation and who said the EPA is “out of control?” Huh?
Pull up your hip waders, folks. Here’s where the shit gets deep:
“Let us stipulate: The Mitt Romney we are endorsing is the Massachusetts moderate…”
So they’re going with the Moderate Mitt of the last two weeks and ignoring the “severely conservative” Mitt of the two years prior to that? OK. And by the way, his tax plan numbers don’t add up, but never mind that either. Just trust him, it’ll all come out in the wash.
“Should Romney be elected, we expect him to make good on his promise to negotiate in good faith with congressional Democrats on two major issues:
Health care: Chief Justice John Roberts’ Supreme Court opinion on the Affordable Care Act clearly left room for a political solution beyond the act. That solution is self-evident: It should combine the best elements of the Democratic plan signed into the law – coverage of pre-existing conditions, mandatory participation by all, coverage of children up to age 26 – with strengths in the Republican plan that were not included, such as freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines.”
So they expect that Romney would negotiate in good faith to improve the ACA, which he has repeatedly pledged to repeal on Day One of his presidency. Oh, but that was what he was saying before Moderate Mitt showed up a couple weeks ago. Never mind.
“The deficit, debt and spending: Forging a solution will require both cuts in government spending and additional sources of revenue. The opportunity for meaningful tax reform is within reach if the two sides will take it. As president, Romney would have specific responsibility for bringing true believers in the tea party wing of the GOP toward workable compromise. The challenges of the next four years leave no room for partisan triumphalism.”
Yes, the man who signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes no way, no how will negotiate in good faith about additional sources of revenue. Right. Bring the Tea Party wing toward workable compromise? They are either smoking some powerful shit in the Chronicle editorial department or they’ve been in a coma for the last four years? Compromise is a dirty word to the TP types. Willingness to compromise gets you labeled a RINO and gets you primaried by someone from the far and farther right in the Tea Party universe. No room for partisan triumphalism? What message would Romney’s election send? If you don’t happen to like the results the last election, act like spoiled children and just be the biggest roadblocks you can be for the next 4 years. You will be rewarded for your efforts.
“Gov. Romney impresses us as a focused, task-oriented problem solver, both by inclination and by experience – a “fix-it” guy.”
Yeah, just talk to the former employees of the companies who had the misfortune to find out first-hand about Romney’s “problem solving” methods during the Bain years. Ask how he “fixed” them.