Romney is the Republican version of John Kerry

188px-romney1.JPGIt was mentioned in the humorous video I posted earlier, but the Republicans spent all of 2004 criticizing John Kerry for flip flopping, and now one of our front runners is Mitt Romney, a flip flopper of at least the same caliber as Kerry.

Joseph Farah lists a few of the Romney flip flops at

* Immigration: As late as last year, the candidate who now ridicules amnesty proposals said: “I don’t believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country. With these 11 million people, let’s have them registered, know who they are. Those who’ve been arrested or convicted of crimes shouldn’t be here; those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship, as they would from their home country.” Wasn’t that pretty much the Bush party line?

* Gun control: He supported bans on so-called “assault weapons.” He supported the Brady bill. He spurned the National Rifle Association. As late as 2002, he was still defending Massachusetts’ confiscatory gun laws. But, last year, he joined the NRA and claimed to favor easing licensing requirements.

* Minimum wage: In 1994, he opposed an increase, but offered as a compromise tying a hike to the rate of inflation. By 2002, he supported an increase. In 2006, he vetoed an increase. Like some other notable politicians of the recent past, he was against it before he was for it, before he was against it.

* Same-sex marriage: In 1994, he opposed the federal marriage amendment and promised to help establish “full equality for America’s gays and lesbians.” In 2002, he provided legal recognition to same-sex couples in Massachusetts, even though he was not required to do so under a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling, as he has suggested. Yet, now, in 2007, he miraculously supports the federal marriage amendment.

* Homosexuals in the military: In 1994, he supported “don’t ask, don’t tell,” saying it was a step toward “gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military.” Today he claims he doesn’t want to change the policy to permit homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

* Tax cutting: In 1994, he opposed a cut in the capital gains tax. In 2002, he refused to sign a “no new taxes” pledge. In 2007, he claims to support a cut in capital gains taxes. He has taken the “no new taxes” pledge. And he says he supports making President Bush’s tax cuts permanent.

This is despite the fact that, as Farah notes, Romney claimed on Meet the Press on December 16, 2007 that he only changed his position on abortion. Even looking at some of his positions today, especially when it comes to special rights for homosexuals, Romney is a poor choice for the Republican party.

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6 Responses to “Romney is the Republican version of John Kerry”

  1. Harmony says:

    I believe Huckabee is also a lead contender. I remember you saying something about how he let people out of jail who were guilty and shouldn’t have been let out. I don’t know squat about politics, but my dad does and he says that Clinton put some law into act when he was governor that made this mandatory and that Huckabee was forced to follow it because it was made law.

  2. Lincoln says:

    Huckabee could be summed up as being a Pro-Life liberal. Why so many evangelicals think this guy was sent by Jesus Christ himself to win the election is beyond me.

    At least Hillary came in third though. Ha ha! :D

    Edited for niceness by Casey :P

  3. casey says:

    Huckabee had to review the cases. He did not have to let convicted felons go. You either commute the sentences or you don’t, and he decided to give 15% of the criminals whose cases came across his desk a second chance. That is way too high, in my opinion. If you do the crime, you do the time. Forgiveness is great in interpersonal relationships, but the government should not be in the business of forgiving.

  4. casey says:

    I like Huckabee. I just don’t think he’d make a very good president.

  5. Lincoln says:

    Huckabee is a snooty tinklebum diddly dump. May he bomb out in the New Hampshire primaries. :P

  6. casey says:

    He doesn’t really need New Hampshire. I hope he bombs out there and in South Carolina and that Fred takes first in SC and Florida to become the front runner.