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Mitt Romney the Big Government Non Conservative...Casting Rick Santorum as a Big Government Non Conservative

You can tell Mitt Romney is desperate when he tries to once again cast his rival as a non conservative. It’s as if the former governor lives in an alternate universe where he had a 98% conservative rating and a 100% pro-life rating. And in this alternate universe he’s the Reagan conservative who led a Republican rebirth in the early 90s as speaker of the House of Representatives; and Newt Gingrich was a one term governor who achieved very little outside a controversial micro version of federally mandated health care; of which he’s trying to avoid talking about as though it never happened, (kind of like sleeping with your step sister.)

Now he’s trying to cast new rival Rick Santorum as a big spending, big government conservative. He uses the examples of earmark spending and federal spending increases overall while Rick Santorum was serving in the US Senate as his prime talking points. Problem is he voted for the biggest form of federal spending since the New Deal and Great Society: TARP. Let me repeat that louder so you can hear me: TARP. Romney’s problem is that whenever he tries to hit someone for being a so called fake conservative he usually finds himself exposed for being a fake conservative himself. And, had he ran as a moderate from the jump instead of trying to pose like a model when it comes to how allegedly conservative he is, then I’m guessing he would have gained a lot of support based on honestly and adherence to moderate principle alone. Even if conservatives won’t support a moderate at least we’ll give much respect to someone who stands strong for their centrism; Romney won’t even do that much at the very least.

And thus the aura of his fake character is what will ultimately either cause him to lose this nomination fight or lose in a general election. I’m troubled by the fact that when he’s not trying to convince the unconvinced that he’s a conservative, he’s trying to win by tearing others down which shows signs of a person who has little if anything good to say about themselves.

I suspect the attacks on Rick Santorum will increase in ferocity because Romney can’t win otherwise because Mitt Romney has no real platform in which he can develop himself into a credible candidate. You see the cash and the organization coupled with a flimsy at best argument that he’s the most electable is all he has to run on. Can anyone tell me where he stands on the issue of this latest overreach by the Obama administration and HHS? Does anyone know where he stands in regard to tax reform and how he’ll turn around the economic and jobs picture in this country? He has a fifty point plan that no one remembers and quite frankly no one can recall him actually talking about this fifty point plan.

It’s not just the issue with the Catholic Church and the Obama administration that has Rick Santorum rising in the polls. Rick Santorum banked on the simple equation that works every time, no matter how much money and entitled arrogance your opponent has in abundance, no superficial vision of occupying the White House based on your weird obsession of being president because you believe you look the part can trump (see what I just did there?) a real solid platform that people can understand and really rallying behind either way. Whether you disagree with Rick Santorum on the left or support him on the right, both sides have come in agreement that at least Rick Santorum isn’t running on his inevitability and running away from his record.

So the idea of Romney, friggin Mitt Romney calling someone other than the man he sees in the mirror every morning a non conservative is just laughable. I mean it really makes me laugh when he tries to hit Santorum on the big government and spending. Yeah because Rick Santorum and Rick Santorum alone was the sole controller and thus responsible for the increase in spending while he served in Washington as a US Senator. Yes Mitt Romney because unlike governors, senators have complete control of every tiller of power at disposal. So I’m guessing Rick Santorum’s vote overruled that of every single senator in the Senate right? Wait….yeah no.

And before I sign off, listen you and the Donald want to hit the former Senator for his loss in 2006 to Bob Casey Jr. You two are going around talking about how it was the largest defeat in history and that it puts a wedge in Rick Santorum’s viability as a serious candidate for the White House. But didn’t you lose to Ted Kennedy by sixteen points when you ran for the Senate? Yeah, I’m not sure that will fly Mitt, just not sure it’ll fly.