Wednesday, December 12, 2007
NR's Romney Endorsement
Not to complain or anything, but this e-mail arrived this morning unsolicited from an NRO reader with no connection of any kind to any of the presidential campaigns.
I didn't expect to be sickened and angered by NR's article endorsing Mitt Romney, but I was. I don't hate Mitt Romney. I really don't. But if NR is going to endorse a candidate, it has a certain responsibility that it failed to live up to.
Look at that last paragraph of the article, where it lists Bush's deficiencies that Romney would remedy. Notice what's missing? Any reference to the past two-plus years of catastrophically failed national security and foreign policy.
All Bush's other flaws put together - all the flaws NR found worthy to mention in the article and others besides - are mere fleabites in importance compared to this one. If we continue to get this one thing as wrong as we've been getting it for two years, lots of people are going to die and we're going to lose our freedom.
But NR buries the whole issue of national security in one line that says all the candidates have the same foreign policy principles. The same principles, yes - but Bush has the right principles, too, in theory. Fat lot of good it's doing us.
I'm a social conservative and I don't want to vote for a pro-abortion candidate if I don't have to. I would switch my vote to Mitt Romney in a heartbeat if he would show me that he's determined to kill America's enemies. All he has to do is make a point of saying it, go out of his way to say it, and do so consistently. "Elect me and I will kill America's enemies." I would take that. It would be enough.
But of course he won't say it, because as far as foreign policy is concerned, he's just another George W. Bush - a man with all the right principles.
That's why I'm with Rudy, in spite of everything. He's the only one I trust to kill America's enemies.
Thanks for letting me blow off steam.
12/12 07:38 AM