John McCain did a great job at Saddleback, but he left some questions (ours, not Warren’s) unanswered, and that 1 hour on Saturday does not erase all of the times he has betrayed us before. Now, McCain is “sounding out the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick”.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Everyone who is truly pro-life understands that the lives of millions of unborn children could rest in the hands of John McCain’s VP.
Pro-choice people are more than welcome in the Republican Party as voters, but not as leaders who could have a profound impact on policy. Just like pro-life people are more than welcome in the Democrat Party as voters, but not as leaders who could have a profound impact on policy.
I believe that John McCain offered Mitt Romney the VP position on February 6, 2008 in return for Romney quitting the race and working to make Mike Huckabee quit.
Romney did so, breaking his word to voters in a span of less than 48 hours…
On February 5th, Romney gave his word, saying:
One thing that’s clear is this campaign’s going on! I think there’s some people who thought it was all going to be done tonight, but it’s not all done tonight. We’re gonna keep on battling. We’re gonna go all the way to the convention.
On February 6th,
Romney met behind closed doors with unnamed “prominent Republicans“who, I believe, offered him the VP spot if he would quit the race and work to make Huckabee quit, too. This type of back-room deal behavior is what leads to us getting an “echo” in November instead of a real and honest choice, and it’s been going on for far too long…longer than most of the readers of this blog have even been alive!
On February 7th, Romney quit the race saying,
“Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”
That was a dishonest and downright deceitful explanation for why he was breaking the promise he had made less than 48 hours earlier.
On February 14th,
Romney made things even worse when he “released” his delegates to McCain.
Some people have said that Romney quit the race on February 7th because he didn’t want to keep throwing good money after bad. If that were true, he should have been honest and said so, instead of saying the equivalent of,
“If both Mike Huckabee and I don’t quit right now and hand the nomination on a silver platter to John McCain, then the terrorists have already won”.
One can believe that Romney quit the race on February 7th for financial reasons and made up something that he thought sounded good as an excuse. But that doesn’t explain Romney’s actions on February 14th.The one and only reason for Romney to “release” his delegates to McCain was to put additional pressure on Mike Huckabee to quit. I consider that tampering with an election, a very serious offense.
I believe the honorable thing to do would have been for Romney to keep his word and keep fighting all the way to the convention.
The reason the McCain campaign has been calling key state GOP officials around the country and sounding them out about the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick is…
He’s trying to judge the amount of backlash he would get by choosing Romney as his VP. Remember what Captain Ed Morrissey said about Romney:
Romney now professes to be pro-life but did nothing to oppose abortion during his one term as governor in Massachusetts.
This is not about politics, “bigotry”, or “racism”. This is literally an issue of life or death. Since 1973, there has been one abortion for every two live births. One-third of an entire generation has been killed. This is a moral issue of profound importance, and John McCain must chose a VP with a solid pro-life record or he will face a revolt from Values Voters.