We are 7 months out, but I'm tired of waiting. The false notion that the left AND right have been pushing about Romney being a liberal needs to be skewered. I don't generally care for Coulter, but any port in a storm....
When Reagan took office, the top marginal tax rate in this country was a staggering 70%. Lowering that to 28% was an enormous shot in the arm to the economy.
Cutting the top tax rate today from 35% to 30% — or even 20% — cannot possibly have the same dramatic effect. Republicans, as the only responsible party, are going to have to do something that's never been tried before in Washington: Cut government spending.
For at least the last half-century — probably since Abraham Lincoln ran — there has always been liberal Republican pain in the ass in the GOP primary race. (You can tell who the liberal is by whom the New York Times calls a "pragmatic" or "moderate" Republican.)
In 2000, we had conservative George W. Bush against liberal John McCain. In 2008, it was liberal McCain vs. Mitt Romney, the conservative.
You will note that liberal Republicans have always stayed liberal Republicans and conservative Republicans have always stayed conservative Republicans. Only their match-ups change.
Until this year.
For the first time, the last cycle's conservative has been rebranded a "liberal" by right-wingers eager to resume their battle against liberal Republicans. This year's actual liberal Republican, much admired by the Non-Fox Media, was Jon Huntsman. But he dropped out after the New Hampshire primary.
Mitt Romney isn't a liberal. He isn't even a moderate. And he certainly isn't liked by the Times.
Liberals so loathe Romney that in 2008, their most Christian-phobic columnist, Frank Rich, was forced to write admiringly about pro-life Christian conservative Mike Huckabee. He may have been a Christian, but at least he wasn't Mitt Romney!
Conservatives know perfectly well Romney isn't a "moderate" — he was our conservative hero just four years ago!
By contrast, when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, every single budget he submitted to the 85% Democratic legislature included tax cuts. He became a pro-lifer when it mattered — while he was governor — and vetoed a stem cell research bill. He slashed government spending in one of the most liberal states of the union. He is the rare elected Republican who is tough on illegal immigration. He has forcefully denounced Obama's dangerous foreign policy.
But the facts are irrelevant to people busy fighting the last war. It's not about Romney at all, but their own posing. Romney is the Emmanuel Goldstein of GOP primary voters looking for a moderate to hate because they fell down on the job last time.
Liberal Republicans always lose. Because he is not a liberal, Romney stands a good chance of beating Obama this fall. But if the fantasist posers keep turning this presidential race into their personal "Dungeons and Dragons" battle against "moderates," Romney's victory will go into the "Liberal Wins" column, when it is anything but.