Jewish World Review Feb 3, 2012/ 10 Shevat, 5772
The case for Romney
By Jonah Goldberg
Years ago a friend told me a story from her days living in
For instance, early in the film, Wayne says: "Shyeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt!"
The Spanish subtitles read: "Yes, when judgment day comes."
Needless to say, something was lost in translation.
This, in a nutshell, is
Romney hasn't cracked the problem yet. He speaks conservatism as a second language, and his mastery of the basic grammar of politics is often spotty as well.
The examples at this point are beyond numerous enough to establish that most toxic of media fixations: a narrative. Journalists like typecasting politicians.
Many conservatives argue that Romney's stiffness is a superficial objection, and that he's a solid conservative who can appeal to moderates and independents. Other conservatives think Romney's lack of fluency is a real problem, not because it proves he's faking his conservatism but because it would put him at a severe disadvantage in the general election in the same way authentic but stiff liberals like Gore and
And others simply think Romney's a big faker.
It's this last group of anti-Romney holdouts I'd like to address. First, let me say: I feel your pain.
After what seems like an eternity under Obama, and with the raised expectations from the
Let me try to offer some solace. Even if Romney is a Potemkin conservative (a claim I think has merit but is also exaggerated), there is an instrumental case to be made for him: It is better to have a president who owes you than to have one who claims to own you.
A President Romney would be on a very short leash. A President Gingrich would probably chew through his leash in the first 10 minutes of his presidency and wander off into trouble. If elected, Romney must follow through for conservatives and honor his vows to repeal ObamaCare, implement Rep.
Moreover, Romney is not a man of vision. He is a man of duty and purpose. He was told to "fix" health care in ways
In this light, voting for Romney isn't a betrayal, it's a transaction. No, that's not very exciting or reassuring for those who'd sooner see monkeys fly out their nethers than compromise again. But such a bargain may just be necessary before judgment day comes.
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