Originally Posted by Amnorix
So after a fairly long period of dithering, I'm going to vote for Romney and, less surprisingly, Scott Brown. The vote for Romney is, of course, wasted, as Massachusetts will go into Obama's column.
I could go on and on as to why, but essentially it boils down to this -- I've long stated that I want moderate candidates who have a more business-like approach to running government. I want them to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Under the current circumstances, I think it's even more important that we start being fiscally conservative (though not in a dramatic fashion such that the tepid recovery is undermined), and pro-business in order to encourage growth. I also cross my fingers that Mitt won't simply cave to the religious right and social conservatives to keep them in line. I know that his personal policies on such matters are, well, wishy-washy at best.
In voting for Romney, I'm not really rejecting Obama, as I don't think he's done such a bad job. He's had brutal circumstances, etc. I just think Mitt is the better candidate under the current circumstances.
And, frankly, I sorta feel like if I don't vote for Romney, then I might as well just admit I'd never vote for a Republican for POTUS. Usually their candidate is further to the right than I am comfortable with. Having nominated a more moderate candidate, I should reward that effort. Or something like that.
As for Brown, it's a relatively moderate Republican versus a die-hard liberal. I'll take the moderate.
The GOP does not seem to be making the effort to be more moderate. Nominating a "moderate" Romney seems to be a cynical move, and not sure why cynicism is something to be rewarded.
Romney seems quite cynical himself. I can't believe he tried to blast Rick Perry on the debate stage about Texas allowing in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant children brought to Texas by their parents. It seems to me that a bishop in a church that evangelizes around the world would have more compassion and I think his sincere belief would be to agree with Rick Perry on the issue, but that he cynically decided to be Tom Tancredo in the primary.
And why would you vote for a guy that said what he said in the 47% video. That seems to me to be another example where Romney said things that he did not truly believe because he was a salesman who had sized up his audience that day and figured he would cynically repeat to them the horrid things he assumed that they must believe.
Romney does not deserve to win because demographically speaking, the only people who tolerate an obvious phony like him are white boyz.