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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Liberal Huntsman Quits Presidential Race, Endorses Romney.

John Huntsman, President Obama's former ambassador to China and the most liberal candidate in the GOP presidential race has announced he is ending his campaign. Huntsman was the odd man out in the GOP contest being the only one in the race who stood to the left of Mitt Romney’s political ideology. But on his way out the door, John Huntsman was gracious enough to throw his support behind Mitt Romney for president.

This dubious honor only highlights a big problem with the GOP this time around. They field the same liberal candidate every election. Sure they have a vote in each state primary but given the fact that the national GOP and the center-right media wing have been in the bucket for Mitt from the beginning AND that he’s been out campaigning for the last four years, it's not a total surprise he's in the lead for the GOP nomination. But the glaring fact of this campaign season is: Mitt Romney is Obama-Lite.

Unless the country is so totally sick of Barack Obama and will just pull the lever for anybody else, I don’t think Mitt Romney is going to beat him in this year’s election. They are too similar. Why vote for a liberal Republican when you can just vote for a liberal Democrat? There’s not much of a difference. Nobody gets elected by being the same candidate as the incumbent. And here is where Mitt Romney fails as a candidate.  

How do you think Mitt is going to handle it when Obama steps up to the microphone and says that not only was Romney-Care, the state of Massachusetts’ stab at Socialized Medicine, the inspiration for Obama’s National Healthcare Plan, it was also the model Congress replicated and that he, Obama, signed into law? How is Mitt Romney going to respond? Can he deny that Romney-Care and Obama-Care are similar plans right down to the mandatory participation rule? 

Beyond Mitt Romney’s blind political ambitions that lead him to essentially abandon governorship of Massachusetts to the liberal Democrat, Deval Patrick, this is his albatross: Romney-Care. A plan that started with cost overruns and has been in the red ever since. It is a plan with no oversight and no chance of success in the long run. Nobody is watching who is getting Commonwealth care cards and everyone who asks can get state subsidized healthcare. That includes people who are eligible for healthcare where they work and illegal aliens. All taxpayer funded. Thanks Mitt, thanks a lot.

Mitt Romney is nobody’s candidate but his own. He is not the Tea Parties choice, he is not the Libertarian choice and he’s barely the people’s choice since everybody, the media included, has been looking for somebody else, anybody else, to replace him these last several months. He is a candidate too similar to the president to be a valid choice.  So why is he there? That's right, he's got the money. 

Once he secures the GOP nomination, Mitt’s new campaign slogan can be: “Hold your nose and vote for Mitt!”

No, not very inspiring I’m afraid.  

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