Gov. Romney is far more conservative than prevailing public opinion implies. He was a Republican governor from one of the most “blue” states in the United States. Since he couldn’t possibly get elected as a conservative Republican, he campaigned as a liberal Republican, but he governed as a conservative in Massachusetts.
He assumed governorship when the state was in the red. He cut taxes multiple times and balanced the budget every year he was governor, and he left office with surplus. He campaigned as pro-choice but he worked hard to reduce abortions. He received endorsement from the state’s largest pro-life group for his pro-life policies.
Currently, the U.S. Senate is 60 percent Democrat; the U.S. House is about 60 percent Republican. Look how dysfunctional our federal government is. Romney had to work with 85 percent Democrat state legislators and was able to advance a conservative agenda.
It’s easy to be a conservative politician if you are representing conservative constituents like Newt Gingrich did when he represented Cobb County, the most conservative county in Georgia. It’s another thing when you are representing a huge liberal base.
That is one of the reasons I don’t blame Rick Santorum for not supporting federal right to work legislation when he was a U.S. senator. He said he would sign national right to work legislation as president, and I believe him.
No matter how great your ideas are, if you don’t get elected, you can’t implement any of those great ideas. I think Mitt Romney will govern as a conservative president because the country is center-right, whereas the Massachusetts electorate is far left of the center.
I believe in the “Buckley Rule,” named for William F. Buckley: Vote for the most conservative candidate who can win. Mitt Romney is the most conservative candidate who can win the general election.