With Mitt Romney looking more and more like the likely Republican nominee for 2008, — especially with Jerry Falwell announcing that his Mormon faith (which many if not most fundamentalists regard as non-Christian) isn’t a problem — it’s time for Democrats to start digging into his background and performance. We can’t afford to repeat the mistake we made with GWB in 2000, failing to exploit obvious weaknesses (such as his use of the power of eminent domain to seize private property without adequate compensation in order to enrich himself and his Texas Rangers partners).
David Broder provides a Romney primer. Two things to note:
1) When the likely conservative candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination has as his flagship program mandatory health insurance, it’s clear that health care finance reform is an idea whose time has, once again, come. That seems to me like an excellent reason not to run as our candidate a person associated with health care finance reform failure.
2) Romney’s “rescue” of the Salt Lake City Olympics may not bear close scrutiny. Sports Illustrated had a devastating investigative story, which I can’t find on line but which suggested that Romney took Federal taxpayers for a ride while enriching some influential Republicans.