It was no surprise that former Gov. Mitt Romney had little to say concerning his “church” in the last presidential election. It has always been a stick his opponents were quick to use in bashing him. Rather, Romney and his advisers thought that the economy was bad enough for them to win on that issue. They were clearly wrong.
Now Mitt, having relocated to the Salt Lake area, seems set to make more of his beliefs. The Washington Post reports:
If he runs again in 2016, Romney is determined to re-brand himself as authentic, warts and all, and central to that mission is making public what for so long he kept private. He rarely discussed his religious beliefs and practices in his failed 2008 and 2012 races, often confronting suspicion and bigotry with silence as his political consultants urged him to play down his Mormonism.
Now, Romney speaks openly about his service as a lay pastor in the Mormon church; recites Scripture to audiences.
This means that Romney may be setting out to be open about who he is, and this might be good news for his campaign. It seems that one of the things that hurt Romney in the last campaign was that he was not seen as a candidate who cared about people. The Post further said.
In 2012, Obama’s campaign pilloried Romney by portraying him as an out-of-touch plutocrat. In national exit polling, voters who said choosing a candidate who “cares about people like me” was most important went with Obama over Romney, 81 percent to 18 percent.
But those close to him believe it will be different this time:
“If he were to run again,” Tagg, the Romney’s eldest son said, “I believe he would be much more willing to open up and share who he is — not by asking others to learn the doctrines of his faith, but by speaking of the values of love and service that it has taught him.”
I have pointed out in an earlier article that Romney was not one to stay the course on a topic. Romney has had the habit in the past of flipping on an issue, to suit the voters. There was a lack of commitment to an issue, and it was hard to find where he would stand once elected. I think that Romney is showing that I was right. He will change from what’s right, to what works.
There are those who will admire this trait in Romney. They will say that this is a sign of a good leader. And I will concede that there are times that we need to go with what works. But, in the case of politics and leadership, this is a trait terrible. Pragmatism is a claim to relativism. If you, with out new evidence or reason, can anything be said to be “right?”
Romney has no care for what is right or wrong for our country; he just wants to be president. And though this might not make him any different that the other fifteen or twenty saps that are running against him, they have done a better job of fooling me.