Mitt Romney won’t stand up to his own party
By Dana Milbank, Published: May 8
Almost four years ago, I was watching Sarah Palin rile up a Clearwater, Fla., crowd with anti-Obama broadsides when a spectator let loose a bloodcurdling cry of “kill him!”
To his credit, John McCain realized the Obama hatred was getting out of hand, and a few days later, when a woman at one of his events called Obama an “Arab,” McCain did one of the most honorable things in his political career. “No, ma’am,” he said, taking the microphone from the woman and enduring some boos from supporters. “He’s a decent, family-man citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.”
<..> Some take Romney’s reticence to challenge the right as evidence that he is the “severe conservative” he claimed to be. I suspect it has more to do with weakness: He has been so abused by the right for so long that he lacks the confidence to offend conservatives. Either way, the result is the same, and Romney remains without the Sister Souljah moment Bill Clinton achieved with his 1992 criticism of a black rapper’s racial provocation.
<..> Now Romney has another chance at a Sister Souljah moment. This weekend, he’s giving the commencement address at Liberty University, the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell. Think he’ll use that forum to tell conservatives to stop questioning Obama’s religion and patriotism?
Don’t count on it.
I thought this was good, Willard is weak. Oh sure, he can sling the shit but when it comes to what he stands for he's a wet noodle. As we saw last night when WV voted for an incarcerated bigot, the atmosphere is going to be uglier than it was in 2008 on the campaign trail. If it's not tamped down, it can get out of hand fast. I don't want to see that, or the aftermath.