By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published March 3, 2012
Mitt Romney appears once again to be on his way to securing the GOP nomination for president.
I have to admit I am not crazy about how Romney seems as hollow as an ice cream cone.
Romney has been criticized for being a flip-flopper on nearly every social issue you can imagine, being the first to pass Obamacare and taking a government bailout to “save” the Utah Olympic games. Mitt isn’t exactly what you would call a Barry Goldwater conservative.
Romney’s perception as being a moderate got me thinking: Would today’s Republican Party embrace a twice-married, ex-Democrat, former labor union leader from one of the largest and most liberal states in the country, who as governor signed pro-choice legislation that resulted in almost 2 million abortions?
More than likely not.
Would today’s GOP support a man who signed a $98 billion business and excise tax increase and the removal of business tax deductions, and who tripled the size of the national debt?
Conservatives complain of the squishy moderates in the party and yearn for the next Ronald Reagan. They conveniently forget that in reality Reagan was a union leader, he signed pro-choice abortion legislation, he raised taxes many times, and he tripled the size of the national debt and the overall size of the federal government.
Take that, Barack Obama.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Reagan, but the blinders are off. I freely admit he wasn’t perfect, but Reagan’s overall legacy is a good one.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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