Romney the best Conservative?

 National Review Online (NRO) http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YmMxYTUyYzA1YTk2YzE5NGVmNjc0OGFjYWJmNzMzNjI= has announced Mitt Romney as their “most conservative candidate”.  NRO says, “Unlike some other candidates in the race, Romney is a full-spectrum conservative: a supporter of free-market economics and limited government, moral causes such as the right to life and the preservation of marriage, and a foreign policy based on the national interest….he supports enforcing the immigration laws and opposes amnesty.”  They make a lot of declarations about his stances on different issues and make a case for his conservatism versus some of the other candidates. 

Oddly enough, NRO tries to link Romney to Bush; an interesting comparison given the President’s approval rating in the country and his popularity.  “Romney has President Bush’s virtues and avoids his flaws. His moral positions, and his instincts on taxes and foreign policy, are the same. But he is less inclined to federal activism, less tolerant of overspending, better able to defend conservative positions in debate, and more likely to demand performance from his subordinates.” 

However, as I posted before, there is a conservative Massachusettes talk radio guy, Gregg Jackson, who does not think too highly of Romney.  Jackson says, “…how long can this enormous political hoax that Romney is The Conservative Dragon-Lady Slayer be sustained when his Hillary-like governor’s record is right out there for all to see?”  Yikes!  While he does not put forth much of a case against Romney, rather he writes a rant that never really proves his points as he seems to assume that we understand where he is coming from, his first hand experience with the governor provides some substance.

Jackson accuses Romney, in a round about way, as being pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, pro-government mandated universal health care, and using his religion as a means of distraction people from his record.  What is very interesting, however, is his showing that even though some in the conservative media seem to be behind Romney, the voters in the polls are not.  In fact, in the latest poll that shows how conservatives will stand up against Ms. Clinton, Romney is the least likely to beat her.  In addition, his numbers in Iowa are pathetic.  Remember, Romney destroyed everybody in the Straw Poll after hiring all sorts of supporters for the event.  Jackson’s claim is that voters are not buying Romney’s conservative credentials.  http://www.townhall.com/columnists/GreggJackson/2007/12/11/romney_hoax_fails_to_fool_evangelicals_that_he_is_a_conservative

 It is fun to see both sides of the argument.  A previous article written by Jackson against Romney can be found here:

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/GreggJackson/2007/11/09/romney_secrets_the_media_are_hiding_from_you

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