Thursday, April 22, 2010

Is Romney sitting on political gold?

Mitt Romney, the former Republican Governor of Massachusetts is a smart businessman who is known for turning around the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games, but I'm not sure the former Governor is aware of his current political situation.

A situation of sitting on pure political gold.

What could I possibly mean by suggesting Governor Romney is sitting on political gold, considering I'm well aware of the Romneycare baggage and how that issue has plagued the former Governor. Well, for those who appreciate history, Cal Coolidge was one of our greatest post-Founding Father domestic Presidents, after Abe Lincoln of course.

Why? President Coolidge was not only a man of few words, a staunch "government cutter" on a federal scale, but he was also a dedicated federalist from Massachusetts who understood the role of state and federal government on the exact same issue, and how the "role" differed between the two.

Still baffled? See, when President Coolidge was slashing the federal budget, downsizing the federal government, and decreasing the federal income tax, he was doing so from a federalist mindset, something we know from his record as Governor - He did the complete opposite on those just mentioned issues while Governor, because as Governor he had a right to, but not as President.

Back to Mitt Romney's political gold: President Coolidge is well respected and beloved for his economic and small government policies, along with his dedication to federalism. If Mitt Romney will govern as Coolidge did on a federal scale, we could be looking at an exceptional President who values states rights and their "role" in governing, thus restoring the lost art of federalism.

Over the past few months Mitt Romney has used variations of "states right" arguments to defend Romneycare while bashing Obamacare, but he just hasn't hit the nail on the head. He needs to research Calvin Coolidge, and declare himself a Calvin Coolidge federalist to the American electorate.

Only then will he win receive the Republican Nomination, and only then will he be elected the 45th President of the United States of America.

--Tim K.


Ernie said...

Romney may be sitting on a pot, but it's not a pot of gold. He has burned his bridges with most conservatives by changing positions on important issues to the point that he doesn't seem to have a political center.

The pols in the party will support Newt, the grassroots will support Palin. Who will support Romney?

Jim Cooke said...

You raise an interesting point: As Governor of Massachusetts 1919 - 1920 Coolidge was a very progressive governor. The Police Strike brought him national attention and consideration for the presidency. When Governor Coolidge learned that campaign offices had opened and money raised in his behalf he ordered the offices closed and the money returned. He was Governor of the Commonwealth and would not use the office as a stepping stone to higher office. He was afraid he might bring some embarrassment to the office.

Fast forward: When Romney was Governor he was so seldom in the state that his picture appeared on milk cartons. Mitt was off and away -- chasing the presidency. He could have had a Coolidge moment but he missed it and there is no going back.

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