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H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mitt's The Reasonable One?

Mitt Romney came out today saying he wanted to shut down Planned Parenthood.

If anyone is saying, "Mitt's the sane candidate."  Just let that one sink in.  He wants to end a program that brings a ton of health services to low income women - not just birth control.  Ask the good people at Komen how Planned Parenthood spends its money.

The counterargument will undoubtedly be, "Well, he just has to say that to get elected."

Bullshit.  He doesn't get off that easy.  I know "all politicians lie" is a trope.  But some of that lying is really just the reality of campaigning versus the reality of governing.  I don't think Obama lied when he said he would close Gitmo.  I think he tried, and 99 Senators said, "Bah!  Scary terrorists!"  And that was that.

Romney probably IS lying in that he doesn't really WANT to close down Planned Parenthood.

But that doesn't mean he won't try like hell to do it should he get elected.  Because if Romney has taught us anything about himself it is that he is perfectly willing to throw over whatever principles he may have had if it means increasing his vote share amongst the GOP base.

So let's say the unthinkable happens.  Romney wins and the GOP wins the House and Senate.  The House and Senate pass a law outlawing Planned Parenthood or something similarly ridiculous.

Are you telling me that the invertebrate that is Willard Romney is going to veto that thing?


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