I think I like Mitt Romney, the man. I have defended some of what he has said. But I doubt I will support him for the presidency — and if he gets elected, I’d likely spend as much time criticizing him as I did George W. Bush and as I do Barack H. Obama.
Shikha Dalmia, at reason.com, offers five reasons why conservatives should root for a Romney defeat. They are:
- Romney won’t man up and dismantle the worst element of RomneyC — oops, ObamaCare.
- Romney’s hard line against Pentagon cuts means he won’t be able to bargain with Democrats on making any other kind of cuts. Federal spending will increase under Romney.
- Romney, the “ultimate Wall Street insider,” will do nothing substantive against crony capitalism.
- A Romney win now would preclude a better candidate four years from now.
- “Four years of Romneyisms, all of which smack of elitism, will cement the image of the GOP as the out-of-touch party of the rich.”
All good reasons to blanch at supporting Mr. Romney. But I have another reason, a sixth: It’s highly likely that in the next four years we’re going to hit a major crisis that will make the current “recession” look like a weekend vacation. Romney will flub the response, as would nearly any mainstream politician — perhaps any politician. But because Romney pretends to be “for” free markets and such, “free market capitalism” would almost certainly take the blame for the debacle to come, even though its actual parentage will be the government.
I’d rather blame — and have others blame — Obama, who almost personifies government as we now know it.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.