Hypothetically speaking, it’s never wise for the conservative party to nominate a liberal. Similarly, it isn’t wise for liberals to nominate a conservative. What’s odd is that, according to the inside-the-beltway punditry, that’s what the GOP is fixing to do.

There’s no question but that Mitt Romney isn’t a conservative. He wants to cut the corporate tax rate…but only from 35% to 25%. He wants to cut capital gains taxes…but only on people making less than $200,000. He wants to cut the EPA’s influence…after implementing regulations that look like they’re straight from this administration’s EPA:

As reported in the conservative blogs Moonbattery and HOTAIR; “the Romney administration in 2005 essentially did what Barack Obama’s EPA wants to do now. He imposed CO2 emission caps, the “toughest in the nation”, in an effort to curtail traditional energy production.

“Not only did Romney impose these costly new regulations, he then imposed price caps to keep power companies from passing the cost along to the consumer. As we have seen in Romney-Care, regulation and price controls eventually drive businesses into bankruptcy or relocation.”

More chilling than that bit of socialist nanny-state big government interference is who Romney looked to for advice regarding the plan. As reported by these two conservative sites, it was none other than Obama’s Chief “science” adviser, John Holdren.

Kim Strassel’s column highlights Mitt’s liberalism is spreading to tax policy:

At a town hall in Iowa Thursday, Mr. Romney took it further: “For me, one of the key criteria in looking at tax policy is to make sure that we help the people that need the help the most.”

Doesn’t that sound like a line from President Obama’s speeches? Conservatives were rightly worried about President Bush’s compassionate conservatism. Mitt’s brand of politics isn’t compassionate conservatism. It’s bordering on nanny-state liberalism.

With this great nation at a crossroads badly in need of a major change of direction, this isn’t the time to nominate a part-time liberal like Mitt. I say part-time because he pretends to be a conservative when he thinks the spotlight is on him.

He reverts to reality when he thinks the cameras aren’t rolling.

These are the sort of statements that cause conservative voters to doubt Mr. Romney’s convictions. It also makes them doubt the ability of a President Romney to convince a Congress of the need for fundamental tax reform. If anything he owes a debt to Newt Gingrich, who in a recent debate gave him a taste of how politically and intellectually vulnerable he is on this argument, asking Mr. Romney to justify the $200,000 threshold.

Mr. Romney’s non-responsive response included five references to the “middle” class and another admonition that the “rich” are “doing just fine.” Mr. Obama can’t wait to agree, even as he shames Mr. Romney over his bank account.

Contrary to the inside-the-Beltway pundits, I’ll predict that Mitt won’t be the GOP nominee. I don’t know who will be but it won’t be Mitt.

I’m not alone in thinking that. Last night, on Hannnity’s Great American Panel, Democratic strategist Joe Trippi said that the food fight that Mitt waged with Rick Perry hurt both candidates. He likened their fights to Dick Gephardt’s fight with Howard Dean, saying that it was like Gephardt was on a murder suicide mission.

In the end, Gephardt’s criticisms of Dean took both men down.

Starting this week, Mitt’s liberal tendencies are getting highlighted. It’s difficult to not notice his liberal weaknesses on subjects like taxes, Cap and Trade and Romneycare. He used progressive John Holdren, who consulted with Paul Ehrlich when Ehrlich wrote the 1960’s liberal best-seller The Population Bomb.

Romney’s advisors on Romneycare later advised President Obama on how to implement O’Care, which is now the law of the land.

He’s now sounding like President Obama in saying that we should use the tax code for social engineering. That alone puts into question whether Mitt’s the job-creating genius he professes to be.

It’s difficult picturing Mitt as being as awful as President Obama. It’s worth noting, though, that that isn’t a particularly difficult test to pass. Clearing that test shouldn’t be particularly valuable in determining the GOP presidential nominee.

The tests that TEA Party activists and other conservatives should apply to candidates is whether a) the candidate’s policies are conservative, b) the candidate’s policies have been consistent and c) the candidate’s policies will get the economy roaring.

Clearly, Mitt hasn’t been consistent with his policies. Most importantly, Mitt’s policies haven’t been conservative or particularly effective. (See Romneycare.)

In this instance, 2 out of 3 is bad:

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2 Responses to “GOP shouldn’t nominate a liberal”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    The worst thing in 2008 people like me had to flee to Romney because we were trying to stop liberal John Mccain and he was more conservative than Mccain. If we had a real conservative on the ballot in 2008 debating real conservative issues we could’ve saved a couple of senate and house seats stopping Obamacare from being passed.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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