Many of our readers know that I've long described Romney as a whore, which, by the standard descriptions I apply to most politicians in the US, is actually somewhat above the median. Romney can historically be counted on to modulate his positions according to his electorate. However, of late, I've begun to wonder if he might not also be an educable whore.
Romney has been one of the first politicians, certainly on the national presidential stage, to actually start talking about solutions on the national question involving self-deportation. This is one of the most important observations on the national question, going back to Operation Wetback. For every illegal you deport, if you show you're serious about enforcing the law, lots more will self-deport, which is much cheaper and doesn't make for tear-jerking media coverage.
Another interesting story by way of the Washington Post. Apparently, not satisfied with simply avoiding what I deemed 'Gross Political Malpractice' in a previous post by insulting Ron Paul, and more importantly, his supporters, Romney has apparently been quietly forming ties. This shows better judgment than I thought likely from him. It also illuminates the possibility of a 'grand bargain' between supporters of the Pauls and more conventional Republicans come convention time. Could the stupid party do something profoundly not stupid?
My suggestions for such a bargain would be to dial back the support for the 'War on Some Drugs' and the rhetoric substantially, and let the states go their own way on the issue. The cover can be an appeal to Federalism and States Rights. The second issue would be to recognize that the US can not afford to maintain its present level of military spending or its level of foreign 'military intervention'. The budget for such simply isn't there and defense and entitlements are the elephants in the budget room. Since talking about a sustainable entitlement reform is death electorally, this leaves the best option to greatly reduce the volume on the war drums and wind down the Empire.
Romney with the addition of a substantial chunk of Paul's independent support would have, IMO, a better than 50-50 shot of winning the presidency. But Paul's voters are more discerning than most, to buy them you actually have to pay them. Romney would need to persuade them that he can be THEIR educable whore.