Or: Lowering Your Expectations Makes American Politics Almost Bearable!
I've made no secret about my disregard for one Willard Mitt Romney, former Governor of the Democratic People's Republic of Massachusetts. He wasn't even my fifth choice in this cycle, and his record is in many respects indistinguishable from that of the President.
Including on the central issue of religious freedom.
Yeah, Mitt's a bit of a giant liar on his record in Massachusetts.
He has promised in no uncertain terms to shred the HHS Mandate. Ditto his Catholic wingman, who made a big deal of it during the Veep debate.
Why do I believe Romney? Because it takes no political courage to shred it--it costs him nothing with any other constituency that's supporting him to do so. But it will needlessly alienate social conservatives if he doesn't. Being that Mitt's not remotely stupid, he'll do what he says on this one.
In other words, Bonchamps is right, and after much grim wrangling with the issue, that's enough for me.
I want someone who will take the boot off the Church's throat, and hand it back to the Left. With the foot still in it.
"Here you go. Don't do that again, champ."
If the only guy who will do it is Romney, then that's the sway-backed, spavined rhino I have to back.
Oh, and there is a second reason: we'll have a free press of sorts again. For the worst, most self-serving and wholly cynical of reasons, but a free press.
Of sorts. But that beats the hell out of the palace guard/fanzine media we have now.