Romney’s problem with the Responsible Community isn’t so much his stance on the issues, we all know them. (well, we know them today, perhaps they will change tomorrow.) He is against abortion, medical marijuana, wants less restrictions on guns, less restrictions on the financial industry, he will change Medicare in ways that will harm the coverage for some in the short term and many in the long and says he will do away with the health care act.
The problem is the unknowns.
If Romney wins in the fall, he will bring with him a Republican majority
in the senate and the house will maintain its majority. This will empower Romney to enact many of his
proposals for the economy and the culture.
But, it will not stop there.
If Romney wins the Presidency and sweeps in Republicans,
they will be controlled by the Tea Party or the extreme right. Evidence of this is the amount of Republicans
that are winning in the primaries right now that are supported by the Tea Party
and other conservative groups. Many of
these individuals do not understand running on the right as a position and
governing from the center.
Every extreme idea will be built into almost every piece of
legislation that passes. Even if the
riders have nothing to do with the original bill. Romney, someone who has switched positions on
almost every issue, will be powerless to stop them. Not because they will such a strong force, of
which they will of course, but because he will be weak to stand up to
them. He will want to run for a second
term and will need their support.
That would not be bad for those that agree with the
positions that Romney holds in the first paragraph. But, you have to ask yourself, how far right
are you willing to go?