You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time. Or something like that. Talking out of both sides of his face has been a successful strategy for Mitt Romney so far, but with his most recent flippy flop on abortion, things may be starting to change. And that’s a good thing for social conservatives.
Mitt Romney’s confusing statements on his support for a ban on abortion are not going to play well with the Evangelical vote, according to David Jeffers, author of Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland. “Evangelicals are clear on their position on abortion,” Jeffers explains, “We not only see Roe v. Wade as bad law, but also as the first egregious case of judicial activism. We want to see it overturned, and believe abortion to be a curse upon this great nation.”
Depending on his audience Mitt is either “effectively pro-choice” or “always for life.” But when the issue concerns the murder of millions of womb babies, a principled candidate cannot take both sides. One is either pro-infanticide or pro-life. Slick Willard may be losing some of his sheen.
Jeffers likens Romney’s differing stances to a double-minded man that the Book of James warns against: “he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8)
That description, sadly, fits Mittens perfectly. UltaMITTly he seems to stand for nothing.
Moreover, Jeffers believes Evangelicals will not vote for Romney, and they will stay home from the polls all together. “Evangelicals believe it is un-Christian to vote against someone,” said Jeffers. Jeffers cites a Rasmussen poll that that 25% of Republicans say they would definitely vote against Romney.
“Romney and other top Presidential contenders are taking the Evangelical vote for granted,” said Jeffers. “Evangelicals won’t choose the lesser of two evils. They won’t choose evil period.”
Romneybots and Mittheads can take that to the bank. Romney has negative ratings that meet or exceed even Hillary and it’s only going to get worse as social conservatives learn the many contradictory positions of Multiple-choice Mitt on critical issues. If the answer is Romney, it was a stupid question.
Perhaps John MacMillan, a former supporter of Romney (when he was running for Governor in 2003), said it best.
“He’s as phony as a three-dollar bill,” said MacMillan. “When I started to look at his positions – gun control, pro-gay – I found out that he’s just as bad as (Teddy) Kennedy. I’ve been a Republican all my life, and leopards don’t change their spots. He’ll change his position, say anything, to get votes.”
It’s a good thing there’s still time for the GOP’s nominee to be chosen. We can still choose a principled, conservative Republican. A Mittens nomination will guarantee a Democrat President, even if he were somehow to win!