With Mitt Romney easily securing the nomination, much of the focus has turned to his perspective choice as running mate. However, there are other selections that are more illuminating in decoding the enigma of Mitt Romney. The head of his potential transition team is a pretty important pick. It is these positions that we need to watch very carefully.
Over the weekend, Politico broke the story that Romney will tap former Utah Governor RINO Mike Leavitt to head his transition team should he win the White House in November. Despite representing the most conservative state in the country, Leavitt pushed for big government and opposed tax cuts at every turn. What’s worse is that Leavitt is a strong supporter of Obamacare, and as Ben Domenech reports, his lobbying firm stands to benefit from the healthcare exchanges. This represents the worst combination of socialism and crony capitalism – things that Romney needs to avoid like the plague. Leavitt has been the most vocal supporter of Obamacare in the entire Republican Party. So the question begs, why would Romney appoint someone to such a high position, if he knows about his prior support for Obamacare?
Throughout the disastrous presidential primary, many of us who had concerns about Romneycare were told to sit down and shut up. But our concerns were well founded. Romney has surrounded himself with people who he views as efficient technocrats, not conservatives. These wizards of smart believe in “good governance” above all else and seek to make the welfare state more efficient, not to eliminate it. That is how he dealt with healthcare in Massachusetts, and that is why we feared he would do the same in Washington. It appears that we were correct.
We all understand that despite our reservations about Romney, we must vote for him over Obama. However, that doesn’t mean we should waste our Tea Party resources on him. We need to move the Tea Party over to the fight for the House and Senate. Romney’s latest appointment underscores the need to elect strong conservatives to Congress who will place principles above party. We are looking for candidates who will serve as a bulwark against big-government policies proposed by Romney and supported by GOP leaders in Congress. It’s imperative that we preempt a rerun of the Bush years, when Republicans in Congress sold their souls for the sake of party unity.
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