If you’re a governor looking at a presidential run, how much can you compromise to look good before it starts looking bad? That may be a question Mitt Romney’s asking himself.
Scott Lehigh in the Boston Globe casts the bill signing ceremony as a carefully crafted presidential campaign photo op that quickly unraveled. Even though he nearly gave away the farm to his Democratic rivals, Romney won’t find them praising his “bipartisanship” when the TV cameras come calling. (This is what happens when Republicans compromise their principles — different from a little political horse trading — Democrats, sensing weakness, will show no gratitude but instead ask for more.)
For more on those conservative principles, don’t miss David Hogberg elsewhere on the site today. He details just how damaging Romney’s health care plan is. And he raises a very important question: does Romney’s presidential posturing here hurt his chances for 2008? I think it has to. Most informed conservatives are fed up with big government conservatism (a la President Bush, Congress, and the prescription drug benefit). Here comes another “pragmatist” who does something essentially liberal and slaps a conservative “personal responsibility” label on it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online