EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Is Mitt Romney as Whiny as Barack Obama? Or Just Not Really Vetted?
If you haven’t seen the Bret Baier interview with Mitt Romney it is now abundantly apparent why Mitt Romney will not sit in the middle chair and take tough questions from the roundtable — his skin is as thin as Barack Obama’s. (To Bret’s credit, he had the roundtable panel submit questions and Steve Hayes asked an awesome one. You’ll have to watch the interview to see it)
Bret Baier asked Romney, “About your book, you talk about Massachusetts healthcare. We’ve heard you many times, in the debates and interviews, talk about how it is different in your mind than the president’s healthcare law, Obamacare. The question is, do you still support the idea of a mandate? Do you believe that that was the right thing for Massachusetts? Do you think a mandate, mandating people to buy insurance is the right tool?”
Romney’s response? “Bret, I don’t know how many hundred times I’ve said this, too. This is an unusual interview.”
But after the interview it became more troubling. Mitt Romney actually complained that some of the questions were “uncalled for.” Yes folks, the former Governor of Massachusetts actually complained that Bret Baier — Bret Baier of Fox New’s Special Report, the guy I hate because my six year old has a massive crush on him and he could kick my ass on the golf course — that Bret Baier asked questions that were “uncalled for” like this one:
BAIER: In recent days, you’ve charged that Speaker Gingrich was proposing amnesty essentially with what he said in that last debate.
You were attacking him on immigration, but you took what seemed like a very similar position back in 2006-2007, telling Bloomberg that some illegal immigrants need to be allowed to stay, come out of the shadows, and, quote, “we need to begin a process of registering those people, some being returned, some beginning the process of applying for citizenship and establishing legal status. We’re not going to go through a process of tracking them all down and moving them out.”
BAIER: Is that different than where you are now?
H – E – Double Hockey Sticks people. Good grief.
For context, for the past few weeks Herman Cain has been forced to answer whether he had sexual relations with a host of women. Newt Gingrich has been forced to answer questions about his business relationships. Rick Perry has been forced to answer questions about the HPV vaccines.
And suddenly Mitt Romney thinks it is uncalled for to ask him why he has changed his position on so many issues so often around the time he begins a quest for a different political office?! If reasonable questions from a Fox News reporter are “uncalled for” and “unusual,” there may not be big boy pants big enough to hold Mitt Romney and his tears once the mainstream media starts asking him the questions he has so far done his level best to avoid.
I think what we are seeing is that Mitt Romney did not truly get vetted in 2008. Remember, Giuliani was in first place and the media fixated him until he started to collapse. Then McCain and Romney both started rising and the media was so orgasmic over McCain as the comeback kid they ignored Romney until just as they were turning their gaze to Romney a guy named Huckabee took off like a rocket. It became all Huckabee all the time.
This time around, the race has been so fluid and so many have bounced ahead of Mitt Romney, he’s largely avoided the TSA/MSM pat down. Hell, everyone figured they could just do it in the general election.
But now Mitt Romney is having to get out there because people are starting to notice he is avoiding tough questions. And it seems more and more the man just cannot take the daily grind of people asking him about . . .wait for it . . . wait for it . . . . . . his record.