Month: December 2007

Romney on Meet the Press

Romney started off the interview very well.  The beginning of the Russert grilling was focused exclusively on Religion.  Romney did a very good job of setting a context of religious people and their interaction with Government.  Romney addressed the “Freedom requires Religion” argument well by suggesting that freedom require moral individuals.  It was a bit of a stretch from what he said before, but it was a dialog that I thought was appropriate.

Next on to Abortion.  Here is where the flip flops began.  Romney became very uncomfortable, and began using very complex descriptions to talk his way out of changing his mind.  His policy beliefs on Stem cell were somewhat more straightforward. 

Next, gun control, a careful bit of dancing and spin by Romney.  He did a better job of dancing, but was ultimately uncomfortable.

Next on to illegal immigration.  Russert brought up some statements by Romney showing strongly implied support for the Bush / McCain comprehensive immigration reform proposals.  Romney began dancing away from his support of this position.  Instead of focusing on his exact beliefs and policy decisions on illegal immigration he started to focus on employment verification.  That is all good and dandy, but it is very wishy washy.

Towards the end of the interview Russert pulled out the full flip flop smack down.  Abortion, gay rights, health care, gun rights, ect.  Russert asked a very telling question:  Would you be elected Governor of Massachusetts with your policy beliefs today?  We all know damn well that the answer is a huge NO!   

Ultimately Romney did not end as strong as he started.  I think the net effect of this interview is zero.

Posted by Paul in Politics, US Politics, Utah Politics

Huckabee — WTF?

If you have been following the 2008 primary elections you undoubtedly have witnessed the meteoric rise of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  From seemingly nowhere he has risen to the top of the polls.  The why:  He is the only Republican who conservatives can get behind.  He is not fatally flawed like Guiliani (Social Liberal), McCain (To George W Bushy), Thompson (too dumb), Romney (flip flopping Mormon), or Ron Paul (just too damn cool). 

 Regardless of all of this Barack Obama will be the next president of the USA.  Why Obama?  He is the only candidate who truly represents change.  He is new on the Washington scene.  He truly can move our country to be a more perfect, more united union.

Posted by Paul in Politics, US Politics

United States o’ Utah

This morning I learned about details of Governor John Huntsman’s budget and I was very happy.  No tax cuts, increased spending on education and health care, and increased focus on fighting global climate change.  Once again I am praising my Republican Governor.  What planet am I on?

Posted by Paul in Politics, Utah Politics