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OPINION

The Idea-Lab For Obama

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As the Republican primary process continues, there is no doubt that the establishment GOP is winning and the Tea Party is losing.

Worse, as we accelerate toward the first votes finally being cast, many who believe in the simple and powerful message of the movement -- myself included - believe it now looks more and more foolish and naïve as it bounces from one flavor-of-the-month candidate to another.

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First the Tea Party lined up behind Michele Bachmann. Whoops. Maybe not so fast. Next the Tea Party liked Rick Perry. Oh, oh. He didn’t do so well in the debates to date so now the Tea Party has moved on to Herman Cain. Really? So much for doing solid research on the candidates and then supporting one based on principle.

As the Tea Party pin-balls from candidate to candidate the establishment types in Washington, DC who have bet their insider futures on Mitt Romney are not only pointing fingers and saying “We told you the Tea Party was amateur hour,” but are looking to bury the movement…forever.

Make no mistake, if Mitt Romney secures the nomination, the Tea Party almost assuredly suffers a mortal wound. As Newt Gingrich just said, while Romney is an exceptionally nice person and a very hard worker, he is also a Rockefeller Republican.

As their standard bearer going into battle with Barack Obama next fall, do Republican primary voters really want the person who drew up the blueprint for Obama-care?

Worse, do Republican primary voters really want the person who the out-of-control job and freedom killing Obama EPA looked to for some of its most draconian ideas?

As reported in the conservative blogs Moonbattery and HOTAIR; “the Romney administration in 2005 essentially did what Barack Obama’s EPA wants to do now. He imposed CO2 emission caps — the “toughest in the nation” — in an effort to curtail traditional energy production.

“Not only did Romney impose these costly new regulations, he then imposed price caps to keep power companies from passing the cost along to the consumer. As we have seen in Romney-Care, regulation and price controls eventually drive businesses into bankruptcy or relocation.”

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More chilling than that bit of socialist nanny-state big government interference is who Romney looked to for advice regarding the plan. As reported by these two conservative sites, it was none other than Obama’s Chief “science” adviser, John Holdren.

Are you kidding me? Is anyone in the GOP paying attention to what is going on here? Is the Republican establishment so desperate to hold on to its power that it will continually look the other way as a chameleon-like candidate not only dreams up the ideas used by far-left Obama White House, but praises one of the people most reviled by the conservative movement?

With regard to this subject, then-Gov. Romney’s office trumpeted its energy and job-killing plan by saying in part: “Today’s regulations will achieve our aggressive environmental goals and provide incentives to push technological development,” said Stephen Pritchard, Secretary of Environmental Affairs.

“In the development of greenhouse gas policy, Romney Administration officials have elicited input from environmental and economic policy experts.

“These include John Holdren,professor of environmental policy at Harvard University and chair of the NationalCommission on Energy Policy and Billy Pizer, an economist at Resources for the Future, anenvironmental policy think-tank based in Washington D.C”

Again, is anyone paying attention to these surreal, anything but conservative, facts? Governor Romney’s office then closed the memo by proudly stating:

“Implementing these regulations represents the latest in a series of initiatives that theRomney administration has undertaken to address air pollution.

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“In 2004, Governor Romney announced the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan, which laid out acoordinated statewide response to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.”

You can’t make this up. Something that sounds as if it was drafted in the bowels of the Obama EPA was actually part of a memo released with great fan-fare by Governor Romney on December 7, 2005.

As the Tea Party embarrassingly hops from candidate to candidate, the GOP establishment is excitingly getting ready to crown a candidate who serves as the idea-lab for the Obama White House.

Wow. A plot so unbelievable any fiction editor would reject it out of hand, is in reality happening right before our eyes.

Good luck with that.

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