Mike Murphy was Mitt Romney’s top strategist during his period as Massachusetts Governor. Murphy is quoted saying in 2005, as Romney began eyeing a presidential run, that Romney “faked” being pro-choice to win the Massachusetts governor’s mansion. In other words, what so many of us have felt deeply, is that Romney will say whatever he needs to say to get elected. But then, maybe his “top” strategist will also say whatever needs to be said to get Romney to the White House. Below you’ll find the quote from Murphy, but also the story of Romney’s support for Paul Tsongas. The Tsongas quote below is startling. Tsongas believed in, and campaigned on, global population control, said it would be his top environmental priority if elected President, and Romney supported him. Which way was Romney faking? Was Murphy, as a strategist, moving the burden of being Republican and pro-abortion to the rear-view mirror? Was Murphy still working with Romney in 2008? Well, yes he was.
Some the conversation about Mike Murphy and the Romney fake from Rush Limbaugh yesterday.
In both his unsuccessful 1994 senate race and his successful 2002 gubernatorial race, the Times notes, Romney campaigned as unambiguously pro-choice. Then? ‘By 2005, with Mr. Romney eyeing a possible presidential bid, he began to distance himself from his abortion rights platform.’ In an article that June in National Review, Romney stated ‘[m]y political philosophy is pro-life.’
“That same article quoted his top strategist at the time, Mike Murphy, as saying Mr. Romney had been ‘a pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly.'” That he’s always been pro-life. He just faked being pro-choice once he was in Massachusetts. “‘Faking it?’ … Mike was suggesting that Romney intentionally misled the people of Massachusetts.”
In an essay on his website, political commentator Terrence Jeffrey says Romney was open about his support for former Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Paul Tsongas’ White House bid.
Jeffrey writes in a November article in Human Events that Romney was attracted to Tsongas’ campaign because of Tsongas’ strong support for population control.
“When he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, Paul Tsongas repeatedly made it clear: He loathed President George H.W. Bush’s flip-flopping on abortion and his inattentiveness to what Tsongas perceived as the urgent need for global population control,” Jeffrey said.
“I will tell you very strongly the No. 1 environmental issue I’m going to push for when I’m president is population control around this world so we can turn to later generations and say something except, ‘Sorry, folks,’” Jeffrey wrote, quoting Tsongas.
“Two months later, Romney cast his vote for Tsongas. That Massachusetts primary was a landslide in both parties. Bush beat Pat Buchanan 66 percent to 28 percent. Among Democrats, native son Tsongas took 66 percent to then-former California Gov. Jerry Brown’s 15 percent and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton’s 11 percent,” Jeffrey wrote.
An American Thinker article by Rosslyn Smith looks at Romney’s decision as a Mormon to move to the very Liberal Boston area and later to seek high office. Speaking of the Romney family’s move to Mexico to escape the U.S. prohibition on polygamy, Romney’s father being born there and the family returning to the U.S. when Dad, George Romney was three years old, the article says:
Members of any group that is as stigmatized as Mormons were tend to feel quite apart from the rest of society. There are several ways those in a group outside the mainstream can cope with daily life. Some decide to stick to themselves to one degree or another. When they do mix, they tend to keep their opinions to themselves behind an agreeable mask.
Those who don’t isolate themselves often overcompensate in an attempt to show that they are no different from anyone else. Mitt Romney opted for almost the polar opposite of life in a Mormon population center when he moved to the Boston area. There he made a pot-load of money and adopted the pro-choice, anti-gun, big-government policies of the local political majority. Like so many other strangers in a strange land, he also seems to have put on a very big smile.
These are common coping mechanism for members of outsider groups. Our immigrant stereotypes are full of examples, from the rapid acquisition of wealth by Jews who immigrated from the impoverished East European Shtetls to the always-cheerful Chinese waiter with his broken English. Scholar Shelby Steele writes of the two masks blacks still wear when among whites — cheerful minstrel or angry activist.
Our literature and legends are also full of examples of those who tried so hard to fit in that they became objects of ridicule, pity, and even tragedy. Consider the Kennedys — heroes to working-class Irish Catholics for becoming very rich and living like the wealthy WASPs, who sneered at them.
For many voters, the politics Romney adopted in Massachusetts, such as being pro-choice, now hangs around his neck like an entire flock of the ancient mariner’s albatross, while the smile that seems permanently etched on his face makes everything he says seem phony.
Indeed, the harder he tries to say he is just like us on the campaign trail, the more alien he often seems. Many have commented on the odd note his “I love this land. I love its Constitution.” speech struck in South Carolina. It was language one would expect to hear from a first-generation American rather than a man whose father was also once candidate for the presidency.
It is as if years of being a Mormon in Massachusetts has so habituated him to hiding parts of his real self that he no longer seems to have one. Instead of a human, there is a political terminator. It bleeds when you scratch the skin, but its heart is a computer chip programmed to fake sincerity.
Romney has touted his capability as a Republican Governor, in a blue state, to make things happen – some of which, including getting elected in the first place. Bottom line: you spin, you lie:
Part of the reason Romney lost the 1994 Massachusetts Senate race is because he tried to out-Kennedy Ted Kennedy, and people voted for the genuine article over the knock-off, which is generally the case.
The “virtues of bipartisanship” sales pitch never fails to crack me up: “When a politician with an idea that’s 20% lousy gets together with another politician whose idea is 100% lousy to produce a compromise that’s only 60% lousy, America wins!”
In the 2012 election, if voters want a president in the White House who can find common ground with Democrats, they’ll vote for Barack Obama. Will Republican voters keep this in mind in the primaries? Source: Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin
Many of us do not believe Romney will repeal ObamaCare. We know what he says, but we think he’s faking it. His advisors and staffers have said it’s not possible to repeal ObamaCare. How does a Republican cast a vote for a man supporting “global population control? It’s a big question. We see a ‘political terminator’ in the Romney campaign.