March 7, 2012
myth of a "moderate Mitt."
What does Romney really think and believe? It actually doesn't matter. He is shaped by the views of the Republican party around him-- Romney doesn't lead as much as follow the loudest voices in his party. And those loudest GOP voices right now are perhaps the scariest they have been in generations.
more socially progressive as seen in virtually every poll, the Republican base has shrunk to its most extreme, moving further right than ever before. That small, far-right core is what is driving the party's agenda. On both the national level and in the states where they have taken control, the GOP has pushed dangerous, severely conservative policies like restricting voting rights, stripping LGBT protections, and even forced vaginal probes for women who want abortions. While these policies may be taking the Republican party off a cliff in the eyes of most Americans, the GOP continues to push regressive laws regardless of the political consequences.
These extreme voices in the Republican party are what would lead a President Mitt Romney if he was elected. Mitt is shaped by the views of his party. He has proven it time and again. His presidency wouldn't set an agenda, it would follow the extreme one set by the rightwing activist that have highjacked the political debate in recent years.
Romney has proven that whatever his core values are, they aren't strong enough to buck the rightward trend of his party. The mercurial, malleable Mitt would be a rubber stamp for dangerous, regressive policies put forward by a Republican party that wants to drive America back generations and erase hard won rights for many in our country.
Mitt Romney photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia.org