Romney’s Abandonment of Moderation

Anecdotally, Mitt Romney seems to get a lot of support among disillusioned former Obama supporters and others hoping for a reasonable Republican alternative. While I confess to having initially been intrigued by Romney in the 2008 race, I can’t really imagine supporting him now. Not so much because of his flip-flops on certain policies (though he was certainly a more liberal governor of Massachusetts than he’s been as a presidential candidate). Rather, what bothers me most about Romney is his abandonment of moderate principles he once espoused.

I thought of this recently when watching a set of video clips from his 1994 campaign for the U.S. Senate. This video is organized to highlight his shifting policy positions, but I think it’s more interesting as a statement of moderate political principles, principles which Romney has since abandoned.


Among the principles of moderate politics Romney espouses in this video:

  1. Respect for precedent.
  2. Separation of personal beliefs from public service.
  3. Practical reality may necessitate imperfect solutions, even in moral matters.
  4. Government regulation and market-based solutions can go hand in hand.

I miss the Romney who believed (or simply was willing to admit believing) these things. He may not be as radical or rabble-rousing as some of his Republican opponents for the presidency, but he’s far from moderate.

4 Responses to Romney’s Abandonment of Moderation
  1. Tony
    April 25, 2011 | 12:54 am

    Yeah, Romney’s abandonment of moderation to run for president reminds me of McCain’s abandonment of moderation to run for president. Perhaps he can choose Palin as his running mate!

    • admin
      April 25, 2011 | 4:42 pm

      Or Michelle Bachmann?

  2. kaahl
    August 3, 2011 | 4:29 am

    He has great hair though.

    • Jason
      August 3, 2011 | 5:02 am

      But as we’ve learned too often, great hair isn’t everything.