News Round-up

A sprinkling of news involving Mitt Romney.

Jonathan Martin at the Politico: “While he remains publicly coy about the possibility of another White House bid, Mitt Romney has a calendar that tells a very different story.”

CNN’s Politicker: “Meanwhile, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, thought to be another potential White House hopeful, issues a more measured statement to Obama’s planned address.
‘If the president wants to encourage students to stay in school and study, that’s appropriate,’ he said. ‘However, he should be careful not to cross the line to discuss political issues or policy matters.'”

Boston Globe Editorial: “Mitt Romney isn’t openly running for president yet, but he’s clearly focused like a laser on 2012. And seldom has a noncandidate done so well by doing so little. That’s mostly because an astonishing number of his putative 2012 rivals have obliged Romney by systematically stumbling.”

Romney discusses healthcare reform

The editors of Human Events interviewed Mitt about healthcare reform:

The right approach is one which includes extensive analysis, evaluation of systems that have been implemented in other countries and in other states, a bipartisan effort which includes different perspectives and views, the inputs of physicians, patients, advocacy groups, hospitals, business, and labor. This should be a very inclusive and extensive process, and President Obama, out of an apparent desire to score a victory, is not willing to give health care the deliberative process it deserves.

That which we have learned about his plan has a number of obvious flaws. The first is insistence on establishing a government insurance program. There is simply no reason for doing that other than to open the door to a single-payer system. Which, of course, is what liberals have long pined for and what Barack Obama campaigned for.

The nation already has over a thousand private insurance companies, many of the largest of which are not for profit, so his excuse for forming the public government option -that it’s necessary to give people choices — is obviously fallacious.

The ongoing problems which a government plan would encompass would be massive subsidies down the road, crowding out of private not-for-profit enterprises and ultimately the imposition of a government-controlled system, or what would be at that point about one-fifth of our economy. It’s a bad idea and should be rejected.

Romney Emerges as Top Issues Play to His Strength

From the Wall Street Journal:

Most Republicans have just finished what might be called the spring of their discontent. Not much went right in the first half of the year; not much to cheer

But not Mitt Romney. For this unsuccessful 2008 Republican presidential contender, it is hard to imagine how events could be moving more decisively in his favor in 2009. One can almost hear him wondering: Why didn’t things break this way last year?

This, in some ways, is one of the more disappointing thoughts I have heard in awhile. Think about it: had Romney been elected, the current crises would have played directly into Romney’s strengths. Instead of having a novice deal with the economy, healthcare, and the budget, we could have had someone with experience and savvy helping the nation to navigate these difficult times.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad that Romney is gaining increased visibility and respect for his talents and insight. But it is a little disappointing that we must deal with someone who has no background or particular talent for dealing with the issues placed before him.

All the more reason to continue to work hard to get Romney elected next time.

Romney’s Popularity Grows

From the Washington Wire:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is more popular among the general public now than during 2008’s Republican primary campaign, according to the latest poll from the Pew Research Center on the favorability ratings of leading members of the party.

Some 40% of the general public rates him favorably, while 28% rate him unfavorably. It’s a notable bump from the 30% who gave him high marks in Feb. 2008, and a notable decline from the 44% who viewed him unfavorably last year.

The turnaround is largely fueled by a change of opinion among independents—in February 2008 just 29% of independents had a favorable view while 46% had a negative impression. Now that balance is reversed with 44% viewing him favorable and just 25% unfavorably.

Giving an alternative

I’m back after a lengthy break from blogging, and what would you know, there’s my man Mitt in the news. The Washington Post had this article about Romney today:

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney roundly condemned the approach President Obama has taken to redefining the nation’s relationship with the rest of the world, describing it as a “tour of apology” in a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation yesterday.

At this point Obama has made himself such an easy target for criticism, it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrell. Like this one from Mitt in the same article:

“This is the time for strength and confidence, not for apologizing to America’s critics,” Romney said at one point, adding later that “arrogant, delusional tyrants cannot be stopped by earnest words and furrowed brows.”

Like I said, like fish in a barrell.

Romney’s year to shine

That’s the conclusion of Brett Joshpe over at Politico:

Although the 2012 presidential campaign will not begin in earnest for another two years, Romney has several other factors working in his favor. He currently holds no elected office, so in a time when Republicans are rediscovering their voice, Romney does not have to worry about the compromises and horse trading that accompany public office. Instead, he can speak with the voice of a true conservative and hold accountable members of the Republican Party who defect.

He is especially well-poised to speak with authority given that the economy is, and will continue to be for some time, the foremost issue for Americans. Unlike McCain, who never sounded comfortable discussing the intricacies of the economic collapse, Romney is regarded as an expert on financial matters, given his private-sector experience. If the economy is still lagging in a few years, Obama — and Obama alone — will own the recession, and Romney will be well-positioned to convince Americans that he is the man for the job.