Is Romney Already Toast? The Koch Machine Turns Up the Fire

Conventional wisdom has it that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the man to beat in the G.O.P. presidential primary. But that just goes to show you how very clueless purveyors of conventional wisdom can be. While Romney might make a presentable candidate, especially when one considers the current line-up of crack-pots and weaklings comprising the Republican presidential field, it's impossible to see how Romney, a Mormon, can possibly win the nomination with the forces of the religious right and the Koch machine arrayed against him.

Primaries are a grassroots game, and in the early primary and caucus states, the religious right still controls the Republicans' get-out-the-vote operation. Meanwhile, the Koch machine wants no part of Romney, as evidenced by today's editorial in the Wall Street Journal that slams Romney for the health-care reform program he instituted in Massachusetts. The editorial came as a broadside just as Romney traveled to Michigan to deliver a speech defending his health-care program before an audience of doctors. As I have previously reported, the editorial page of Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal is closely allied with entities such as Americans For Prosperity and the Heritage Foundation, which are funded by billionaire David Koch.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The raucous national debate over health care isn't about this or that technocratic detail, but about basic differences over the role of government. In the current debate over Medicare, Paul Ryan wants to reduce costs by encouraging private competition while Mr. Obama wants the cost-cutting done by a body of unelected experts like the one emerging in Massachusetts.

Mr. Romney's fundamental error was assuming that such differences could be parsed by his own group of experts, as if government can be run by management consultants. He still seems to believe he somehow squared the views of Jonathan Gruber, the MIT evangelist for ObamaCare, with those of the Heritage Foundation.

Ryan, of course, is a darling of Americans For Prosperity, and spawn of the Wisconsin arm of the Koch machine.

AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan

Posted at May 12, 2011, 12:46pm

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