Mitt Romney preparing to repeat the Massachusetts Mistake of 2010

by Datechguy | June 18th, 2011

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Mitt Romney preparing to repeat the Massachusetts Mistake of 2010

One fac­tor in the Deval Patrick vic­tory of 2010 where he received less that 50% of the vote was social conservatives.

No they didn’t vote for Patrick, but given the choice between a can­di­date who declared him­self pro-​life and one who didn’t. These vot­ers aban­doned Char­lie Baker and made up part of the nearly 8% of the Vote that Tim Cahill secured in the last election.

I’ve talked to many who voted for Cahill specif­i­cally for this reason.

The num­ber of believ­ing Roman Catholics who would bring them­selves to vote for Baker because of his stance was con­sid­er­able, I know, I was one of them.

Now comes Mitt Rom­ney who unlike a Her­man Cain does not have a strong his­tory of oppos­ing abor­tion. (He accu­rately called planned par­ent­hoodplanned geno­cide”) choos­ing to not sign the SBA pledge:

Five Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have signed a pledge to advance the anti-​abortion move­ment if elected to the White House, but the cur­rent front run­ner for the 2012 GOP nom­i­na­tion — Mitt Rom­ney — isn’t one of them.

Allah­pun­dit com­ments:

Dou­bling down on Rom­n­ey­Care, con­firm­ing that he believes in cli­mate change, now this. Say this for him: At least he’s not a total pan­der machine this time around. He just … seems to be in the grip of a polit­i­cal death wish. I can’t even explain this in terms of him want­ing to stick by a posi­tion he espoused in the past in order to sig­nal to vot­ers that he’s “authen­tic” and won’t bend on his prin­ci­ples eas­ily. His posi­tion, osten­si­bly, is that he’s pro-​life. This makes him look like he’s inch­ing back towards his pro-​choice past. Is he in fact pan­der­ing to cen­trists here, with an eye already towards the gen­eral elec­tion, or what?

As a pri­mary strat­egy to win with the 30% of the lib­eral repub­li­can vote it is a sound strat­egy. As a gen­eral elec­tion strat­egy it is dis­as­ter wait­ing to happen.

The num­ber of Repub­li­can vot­ers who vote repub­li­can strictly for the Abor­tion issue is con­sid­er­able. This deci­sion by Mitt Rom­ney will throw them away in a gen­eral elec­tion, why because they remem­ber this:

Yes­ter­day morn­ing if you asked me if I would vote for Rom­ney if he was the GOP nom­i­nee I would have answered “yes”. If you ask me that same ques­tion this morn­ing my answer is “I don’t know”.

And let me clue the GOP in, the Rad­i­cal fem­i­nists and media will applaud this but still will vote for Obama.

I have said it will take a mas­sive act of GOP stu­pid­ity for Pres­i­dent Obama to win reelec­tion, well this is it, made to order. If the GOP does this to itself, it has only itself to blame.

Update: This is called dam­age con­trol.

Can any­one cred­i­bly assure me that if nom­i­nated, we won’t see a bunch of “clar­i­fi­ca­tions” and “expla­na­tions” like this on a reg­u­lar basis if a par­tic­u­lar poll or focus group thinks its necessary?

If we do this to our­selves, we and the GOP will deserve the end result, both in this elec­tion and in 2014.

One factor in the Deval Patrick victory of 2010 where he received less that 50% of the vote was social conservatives.

No they didn’t vote for Patrick, but given the choice between a candidate who declared himself pro-life and one who didn’t. These voters abandoned Charlie Baker and made up part of the nearly 8% of the Vote that Tim Cahill secured in the last election.

I’ve talked to many who voted for Cahill specifically for this reason.

The number of believing Roman Catholics who would bring themselves to vote for Baker because of his stance was considerable, I know, I was one of them.

Now comes Mitt Romney who unlike a Herman Cain does not have a strong history of opposing abortion. (He accurately called planned parenthoodplanned genocide“) choosing to not sign the SBA pledge:

Five Republican presidential candidates have signed a pledge to advance the anti-abortion movement if elected to the White House, but the current front runner for the 2012 GOP nomination — Mitt Romney — isn’t one of them.

Allahpundit comments:

Doubling down on RomneyCare, confirming that he believes in climate change, now this. Say this for him: At least he’s not a total pander machine this time around. He just … seems to be in the grip of a political death wish. I can’t even explain this in terms of him wanting to stick by a position he espoused in the past in order to signal to voters that he’s “authentic” and won’t bend on his principles easily. His position, ostensibly, is that he’s pro-life. This makes him look like he’s inching back towards his pro-choice past. Is he in fact pandering to centrists here, with an eye already towards the general election, or what?

As a primary strategy to win with the 30% of the liberal republican vote it is a sound strategy. As a general election strategy it is disaster waiting to happen.

The number of Republican voters who vote republican strictly for the Abortion issue is considerable. This decision by Mitt Romney will throw them away in a general election, why because they remember this:

Yesterday morning if you asked me if I would vote for Romney if he was the GOP nominee I would have answered “yes”. If you ask me that same question this morning my answer is “I don’t know”.

And let me clue the GOP in, the Radical feminists and media will applaud this but still will vote for Obama.

I have said it will take a massive act of GOP stupidity for President Obama to win reelection, well this is it, made to order. If the GOP does this to itself, it has only itself to blame.

Update: This is called damage control.

Can anyone credibly assure me that if nominated, we won’t see a bunch of “clarifications” and “explanations” like this on a regular basis if a particular poll or focus group thinks its necessary?

If we do this to ourselves, we and the GOP will deserve the end result, both in this election and in 2014.

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