Daniel Larison, dyed-in-the-wool conservative and editor of American Conservative, declared last night that Romney is a phony. He was part of a discussion about the results of a Romney win vs. an Obama win. And if Romney wins?
“He has no leeway. He has no reservoir of affection to fall back on. And the problem is the standards within the party are so intense that they’re unreachable,” Chait said. He pointed out that the party’s hard core had never quite forgiven Bush for passing the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. “He needed to do that, right? He ran on that in 2000 ... And they all thought he should have just abandoned this promise … And even Bush, who had a lot of political capital with the Republican movement, they just turned on him.” We certainly have been seeing less of W. these last four years.
But Larison suggested Romney would get his share of leeway at first, with his fellow Republican lawmakers showing him deference simply due to the fact that he would be a first-term Republican president. “It’s not because there’s any trust in Romney himself but because it would advance the political prospects of the party as a whole.” And then came the line that brought down the house: “Because everyone recognizes Romney is a phony, you can never be sure who he’s betraying at any particular moment.” ...Daily Intel
And here's a depressing forecast about an Obama win: Republicans will do what they can make sure Obama loses in the end.
“What we did see in a second Clinton term is likely to be what happens in a second Obama term. Where there will be a greater effort to ‘get’ Obama,” Larison said. Chait agreed: “There will be a significant number of scandals, pseudo-scandals, and things that fall between those categories. And I think there will be a significant move by parts of the Republican caucus to impeach.” ...Daily Intel
Harry Reid appears to agree with Larison about Romney's phoniness.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Thursday that Mitt Romney gives "used car salesman a bad name." ...The Hill