An echo, not a choice: Mitt Romney shaping up as just another Barack Obama
By Tom Randall
Date: October 27, 2011
Barry Goldwater launched the modern conservative movement with his 1964 campaign against Lyndon Johnson and the Republican Establishment. His campaign promise was, “A choice, not an echo” — an appeal countering the fact that most Republicans of the day were merely pale versions of their Democrat opponents. Goldwater lost that election. However, at the convention that nominated him, a stirring speech drawing the sharp distinctions between American values and the false promises of the left was given by a man who would come to epitomize those values: Ronald Wilson Reagan. Thus, the Reagan Revolution and the march of conservatism was begun.
Now, just when true American conservative values are once again on the march — this time directly from the the people themselves — Republicans are being offered a leading presidential candidate who offers little choice from the current incumbent of that office.
By now, everyone knows that Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare law, with its insurance mandates was truly the model for Obamacare, a much reviled program which 58 percent of Americans have opposed from the start and still strongly want repealed. Romney has now said he would repeal Obamacare if he is elected but does anyone believe he will really do away with what is, in fact, his brainchild?
Some see this as another of his many wishy-washy flip-flops, another of his attempts to say and do anything to get elected.
We think not. (more…)