The Party of War & A Non-Warrior

In Mitt Romney, the Republican party has it’s first presidential candidate since Tom Dewey without any military experience.  What will this mean for the Republicans and their narrative as the Party of War?

Every Republican presidential nominee from Dwight Eisenhower to John McCain served in the military.  Eisenhower, of course, had the ultimate military background as a West Point graduate who rose to five-star general and Supreme Allied Commander.  Bob Dole and John McCain suffered grievous wounds in combat, with McCain additionally suffering wounds from torture at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors.  For both of them, their military service was a modest amount of time in their professional lives yet had a profound impact on them personally and in forming their professional identities.  For others, such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, serving in a supply unit and a film unit respectively, their World War II military service was a minor part of their professional identity, but a part nonetheless.
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Do as Mitt says, not as Mitt does

Today’s news brings Mitt Romney’s grudging repudiation of a Republican supporter’s plan to revive the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as an attack avenue on the president. quoted Mitt as saying, in part:

“It’s interesting that we’re talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]; I hope people also are looking at what he’s doing, and saying ‘why is he running an attack campaign?  Why isn’t he talking about his record?'”
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Mitt’s New York Role Model

Just read about Romney’s comments opposing marriage equality because “the best setting for raising a child is where this is the opportunity to a mom and a dad to be in the home,” but saying that same-sex couples adopting is “fine”.

New York observation:  Romney is David Paterson with a movie star chin.  Whatever he says, wait a minute, hour or day and he’ll say something opposite.

~ John Kenny

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