Michael Gaynor
Mitt Romney is the right answer for the right and all America
By Michael Gaynor
February 26, 2012

As for Coulter's question — "What's Their Problem with Romney?", the answer is either one of three four-letter words: FEAR (of Obama supporters), ENVY (of rivals and persons less blessed with ability and/or success) and HATE (for Mormons).

In a superby article titled "What's Their Problem with Romney?" (http://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2012/02/22/whats_their_problem_with_romney/page/full/), Romney supporter Ann Coulter made the case that Mitt Romney is both the most electable and the most conservative of the Republican Final Four — Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, but did not answer that question.

Coulter opened with a series of pertinent facts:

"As governor of one of the most liberal states in the union, Mitt Romney did something even Ronald Reagan didn't do as governor of California: He balanced the budget without raising taxes.

"Romney became deeply pro-life as governor of the aforementioned liberal state and vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill. (Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich lobbied President George W. Bush to allow embryonic stem cell research.)

"Romney's approach to illegal immigration in Massachusetts resembled what Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona is doing today, making her a right-wing heroine.

"Romney pushed the conservative alternative to national health care that, had it been adopted in the 49 other states, would have killed Obamacare in the crib by solving the health insurance problem at the state level.

"Unlike actual Establishment candidates, Romney has never worked in Washington, much less spent his entire life as a professional politician. He's had a Midas touch with every enterprise he has ever run, including Bain Capital, the Olympics and Massachusetts."

Then Coulter exploded the canard that "the Establishment" is pushing Romney on "unsuspecting conservatives" as "the exact opposite of the truth."

Coulter explained:

"The Establishment, by any sensible definition, is virulently opposed to Romney — and for completely contradictory reasons.

"The entire NFM (non-Fox media) hate Romney because he is the only candidate who stands a chance of beating Obama. "Meanwhile, many of the pillars of the conservative establishment also implacably oppose Romney. Fox News is neutral, but its second-highest-rated host, Sean Hannity, is anti-Romney, as is prominent Fox News contributor Sarah Palin — who has also offered herself up as a possible presidential nominee at a contested convention. (Wouldn't a former candidate for vice president on a major party's ticket be part of the Establishment?)

Other than to look back and note that Romney was progressive years ago, the Not Mitt commentators want to look forward.

Coulter smartly looked back and showed them to be flip floppers while not using that epithet.

"The No. 1 conservative talk-radio host in America, Rush Limbaugh, is critical of Romney, and another top conservative talk-radio host, Mark Levin, is adamantly against Romney — though both Limbaugh and Levin supported Romney as the conservative alternative to John McCain in 2008, and Romney has only gotten better since then."

"In 2008, Romney was enthusiastically supported not only by Limbaugh and Levin, but also by Sean Hannity, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage and many others who now seem to view Romney as a closet liberal. This is especially baffling because there is no liberal candidate in the Republican primary this year."

There is no other Republican presidential hopeful with the stellar business success and executive expertise in both business and government of Romney.

Like Reagan was and unlike Santorum (former no. 3 in the Republican Senate leadership) and Gingrich (former Speaker of the House and Freddie Mac "consultant"), Romney is a Washington OUTSIDER seeking the Presidency, but many of the Reagan fans (even Michael Reagan) want a Washington insider instead.

Coulter mused:

"I'm not sure what part of the Establishment supports Romney. Is it Romney supporter Christine O'Donnell, erstwhile tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Delaware? Am I the face of the Establishment? (If so, the country is going to be just fine.)

"I would think that the pristine example of the Republican Establishment is Weekly Standard editor and Fox News contributor Bill Kristol. But he wants anybody but Romney, even proposing that we choose someone not running by means of a contested convention."

Then Coulter hammered home her powerful point:

"This year, every Republican candidate for president opposes abortion, promises to repeal Obamacare, opposes raising taxes, and on and on. Only one candidate is strong on illegal immigration, which is second only to repealing Obamacare as the most important issue facing the nation.

"That's the alleged liberal, Mitt Romney."

Coulter's solution was a tough-love wake-up call to confused or deluded conservatives:

"Conservatives scratch their heads wondering how the NFM can convince millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans paying $3.57 for a gallon of gas that the economy is improving simply by repeatedly saying so.

"But then a large minority of those same conservatives are completely convinced that Romney is an Establishment candidate simply because they have heard that repeated so often.

"As we say to dunderhead liberals: What we're looking for here is facts, not chants or epithets.

"But instead of popping Champagne corks over our final triumph over Rockefeller Republicanism, some conservatives are still fighting old wars, rather like an old cold warrior prattling about the Soviet Union after the rest of us have moved onto the war on terrorism.

"This strange new version of right-wing populism comes down to reveling in the feeling that you are being dissed, hoodwinked or manipulated by the Establishment (most of which happens to oppose Romney) the same way liberals want to believe that 'the rich,' the 'right-wing media' and Wall Street Republicans (there are three) are victimizing them.

"It's as if scoring points in intra-Republican squabbles is more important than beating Obama. Instead of talking about the candidates' positions — which would be confusing inasmuch as Romney is the most conservative of the four remaining candidates — the only issue seems to be whether 'They' are showing respect for 'Us.'"

That said, Coulter wryly dismissed Santorum and Gingrich (albeit not by name):

"Striking a pose as the only true fighter for real Americans may be fun, but this is no way to win elections. This is Sharron Angle on a national level.

"The obsession with sticking it to the Establishment (which includes Christine O'Donnell, but excludes Bill Kristol) by voting for a loose cannon demagogue or a crusading Catholic who can't seem to move the conversation past contraception is as pie-in-the-sky delusional as anything dished by Democrats carrying on about 'green jobs.'

"If saving the environment is the best way to create new jobs, then it could be true that being a hard-core environmentalist nutcase is the best way to appeal to the mass of independent voters.

"Similarly, if reducing contraception use, lobbying for Freddie Mac and promoting huge government programs such as moon colonies and No Child Left Behind are the best ways to create jobs, then it could be true that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are our strongest candidates in a general election.

"Of course, it might also be true that dousing yourself in fairy dust does not guarantee that you will find the perfect mate and get the perfect job.

"We're being asked to hand Obama another four years in the White House in order to 'send a message.' To whom? And what message? That we're morons? Message received!"

Coulter's conclusion: " Meanwhile, Romney cheerfully campaigns on, the biggest outsider and most conservative candidate we've run for president since Reagan, while being denounced by the Establishment as 'too Establishment.'"

Coulter really wants to make Obama a one-term president instead of to spend four more whining that he's "fundamentally transforming" America for the worse.

Other conservatives should be doing the same and, if Obama is re-elected, will have themselves to blame.

As for Coulter's question — "What's Their Problem with Romney?", the answer is either one of two four-letter words: FEAR (of Obama supporters) and ENVY (of rivals and persons less blessed with ability and/or success).As for Coulter's question — "What's Their Problem with Romney?", the answer is either one of three four-letter words: FEAR (of Obama supporters), ENVY (of rivals and persons less blessed with ability and/or success) and HATE (for Mormons).

Romney was born into a wealthy Mormon family that is Republican political aristocracy and he made a great fortune of his own in business and has enjoyed a long and fruitful marriage with the only lady of his dreams. Unfortunately, Romney's acceptability was undermined by Bush 41 and 43, even though he is his own man and much more conservative (and able) than either Bush.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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