Mitt Romney went to posthumously kiss the ring of Jerry Falwell by speaking at the Liberty University commencement ceremony and did his best imitation of a wingnut he could muster. But even that has him in trouble with GOProud, the gay conservative group:
Liberty University was founded by the late Jerry Falwell, who in 2007 said, “AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh’s charioteers … AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.” The university has been at the heart of many recent skirmishes over antigay ideology, and Romney’s speech there comes just days after his his advisers said the presidential candidate would make his disdain for marriage equality a major issue in the campaign.
“The father of the modern conservative movement, former U.S. senator Barry Goldwater, once said of Jerry Falwell that he needed a kick in the ass,” said LaSalvia. “With his speech at Falwell’s Liberty University, it is clear that Governor Romney’s message to Goldwater conservatives is: drop dead. Many on our board and among our grassroots supporters have long had reservations about Governor Romney’s record – particularly when it comes to issues of importance to conservatives. Issues like fundamental tax reform, healthcare reform, and entitlement reform. As an organization that was born amidst the energy and enthusiasm of the early days of the Tea Party movement, many in our organization are concerned about how seriously Governor Romney will take cutting the size and scope of government, about his commitment to federalism and about whether or not he will dramatically cut federal spending.”
And no, Romney doesn’t have any commitment to federalism. Neither does any other elected official of either party, for that matter. Everyone’s a federalist on issues they think should be handled at the state level and everyone is anti-federalist when they think an issue should be handled at the federal level. Politicians who claim to be in favor of federalism, from either party, are just mouthing empty cliches that they will jettison the moment it is politically convenient for them to do so.
I am so enjoying watching Romney try to navigate between the Scylla and Charybdis of the religious right and sane people.