Mitt Romney's Sad Search for Authenticity
Be careful who you throw under the campaign bus.
The Romney radio ad, debuted in the run-up to Super Tuesday, criticizes Santorum's 1998 vote to confirm Sotomayor to the
The ad's got problems.
First, Santorum is without a doubt the most genuinely conservative candidate in the presidential primary race. He's not bluffing when he speaks of feeling queasy about the separation of church and state.
By any honest accounting, Romney is the most moderate of the remaining Republican candidates, although he is furiously covering his tracks in his quest to win delegates. His middle-of-the-road record would give him the best chances in the general election, but it counts against him among the Republican faithful.
In crafting the ad, Romney's folks were banking on the listener's limited knowledge. Yes, it was
True. And 25 Senate Republicans supported her. Santorum wasn't the only one.
Sometimes you do know what you'll get when it comes to judicial candidates, and conservatives and liberals alike wish for litmus tests.
However, with Sotomayor, no one had a crystal ball during her confirmation. She's a bit of a judicial enigma. Her stands on some of the hot-button social issues are unknown.
She won praise from Planned Parenthood and gay and lesbian advocates, but they were hedging their bets.
Sotomayor's only previous ruling that dealt with abortion was one where she sided with the pro-life arguments. The case involved a policy that prohibited giving government funding to groups that either perform or advocate for abortion in foreign countries.
She never directly put her judicial view on the core issue, the constitutionality of abortion.
Meanwhile, she's been very clear about how she views the Constitution. This statement, from her 1997 confirmation hearing, could be used in a political ad positioning her as the patroness of conservative causes, not the devil's mistress: "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it."
Interestingly, Sotomayor exemplifies a character trait that Romney sorely lacks: the emotional intelligence to read social class. She's had to learn and negotiate the divergent protocols and unwritten social codes of her childhood neighborhood in the
Unlike Romney, Sotomayor wasn't raised the entitled child of a business executive and governor. She was raised by a widow and lived in public housing.
No one can change the facts of their birth. Nevertheless, Romney's stiffness and many gaffes peg him as an elitist par excellence, giving voters reason to wonder if he can relate to people born to less privilege.
In the caucuses so far, he has done one very well with upper-crust voters, people who maybe could make a
It's possible that campaign flatulence like the anti-Sotomayor ad helped put Romney over the top in
Good luck with that strategy in November.
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