As voters prepare to cast their ballots in Iowa this week, the candidacy of former Governor Mitt Romney will be a centerpiece for Republican hopes. His campaign is well funded since he has the necessary money to present his views, but more important is the continual ethical issues presented by his candidacy. While Rudy Giuliani is frequently attacked for bombastic boasting, Romney increasingly raises eyebrows for his tendency to say whatever will please voters, regardless of the fact the day prior he said something different. As governor of Massachusetts, he supported Bush tax cuts, and never came out against legal or illegal immigrants. Last week, when asked if he would attack Senator John McCain on immigration, Romney indcated he would hold off, but yesterday his ads blasting away at McCain on immigration were being shown all over Iowa.
Earlier this year, Romney claimed to be a hunter all his life, but investigation revealed he had only hunted three times and didn’t even possess a rifle. He claimed to have support from the National Rifle Association in his gubernatorial campaigns, but later admitted that mainly consisted of a few NRA members doing pone calling. There is no question Romney is a clean-cut man who has never been involved in any scandals, but the continual petty distortions and and switching of positions will undoubtedly doom his chances for obtaining the Republican nomination. He is a man for all seasons, he is a man for all voters, he is a man for all viewpoints, he is a pandering man, and he has now run smack into a Huckabee whose humor and refusal to alter views will probably lead to victory over Romney this week.
In a sense, Mitt Romney’s campaign has run into the same problems as has Hillary Clinton’s pursuit of the nomination. Both come across as seeking votes rather than as presenting views in which they believe even if sticking to principles loses votes. This year, the American voter seeks candidates who adhere to principles and are willing to place the interests of the nation before anything else. Perhaps, a loss in Iowa will give Romney some additional time to go out hunting with his non-existant rifle in a forest of lies and distortion. Mitt, you had a good shot at the nomination, but you just fired blanks.