Shame on them.
While Romney was for healthcare mandates, abortion, pro-homosexual policies that infringe on religious liberty, gun control, and global warming, Rep. Akin was one of the most reliable conservative votes (96%) in the U.S. Congress according to the American Conservative Union. But now it’s suddenly Akin who is the goat and Romney is the hero? Apparently when Romney said the important issues at play during the Chick-fil-a controversy “weren’t a part of my campaign” he really meant it.
Don’t get me wrong, Akin’s comments were an unforced error, because there’s no need to even circle the rhetorical drain he was circling to win the point he was trying to make. But the man has since apologized. Has Romney ever apologized for Romneycare, let alone the taxpayer-funded abortions for just $50 that was a part of it?
So many Romney supporters over the years have urged me to forgive his many transgressions against conservative orthodoxy. Where is their forgiveness for Akin?
Should one mangled statement overshadow a man’s entire career? Especially when it’s been as principled as Mr. Akin’s? The grassroots supporters who helped Akin raise $100,000 in 24 hours last week obviously think not. Those who care more about what the liberal media thinks than what the Constitution says sadly do.
If only the “architects” in the Republican Party establishment were as tough on President Obama as they have been on Rep. Akin recently. Who knows, the government might be smaller, the economy might be better, and the Congress where Republican John Boehner is Speaker of the House might not have a paltry 13.8% approval rating.
Whenever a Republican whose only difference with the Democrat is that he’s not one wins the primary, the Republican Party establishment likes to piously remind disappointed conservatives of Ronald Reagan’s famous 11th Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of thy fellow Republican.”
Apparently that doesn’t apply to Akin.
Even the chairman of the Republican National Committee said Akin was not welcome at the convention. Yet the little ball of hate John McCain, who has betrayed the principles in the party platform that define what it means to be a Republican countless times, was given a primetime speaking slot.
With “friends” like these, who needs Democrats?
Scores of ruling class Republicans have lost primaries to grassroots conservatives the past two election cycles. Based on what we’ve seen from the ruling class Republicans recently, there’s still plenty more that need to go. And their “architect” with his white board should be shown the door with them.
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