Sunday, February 12, 2012

Romney At CPAC: "I Was A Severely Conservative Republican Governor"

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mitt Romney desperately attempted to convince the crowd of his right-wing bona fides. Romney stated that he was "a severely conservative Republican governor." Romney resorted to this awkward modifier since he's proven to have no principles other than the desire to get elected. The crowd was not overwhelmed by his assurances of severity:

“I have never heard anybody say, ‘I’m severely conservative,’” Rush Limbaugh noted on his show.

“That didn’t get a lot of applause,” firebrand Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) observed with a tight smile.

“Some things are too funny to comment on,” a laughing Newt Gingrich commented as he walked into the conference to give his own speech.

...The central question now looming over the race is, to borrow a phrase, just how severely the party has moved right. How profound is the scale of resistance to Romney?

“You’ve got to have a trust factor, you’ve got to make sure he’s genuine,” said Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a leading tea-party freshman, in attempting to explain conservative unease with the front-runner. “And with Romneycare there are a lot of similarities with the Affordable Care Act.”

No comments: