Mitt Romney’s “Woman Problem” – Stupid Salon Article.
Well, now there is a piece over at Salon trying to make a point that Governor Romney is sexist. I would say that it is a joke, but it is not funny. It is nothing but stupid and ungrounded in fact, not even worth posting the link over here. Instead I’ll link to Allahpundit’s rational debunking of the article, over at Hot Air. Or better still, the analysis by the fine people over at Mitt Romney Central, who summarily destroy the assertions made at Salon with obvious points to the contrary such as Romney’s endorsement of Nikki Haley and Meg Whitman well before many others knew them, and of course the simple fact that Mitt remains friendly with Sarah Palin, however much some wish to think otherwise.
To me this article serves only one purpose, and that is to identify to any who may have been in doubt, the true source of the “anonymous adviser” to Governor Romney that attempted to provoke the Palin campaign. As I stated before, never trust anonymous sources speaking of conservative candidates to liberal magazines. Can there be any doubt now that the statements to Time and now the article in Salon have been the first and second attempts by the left to undermine Romney by trying to engineer a split among conservative Romney supporters and Palin supporters? Notice the odd “coincidence” that these unfounded allegations concerning Mitt Romney’s opinions of Sarah Palin come shortly after polling shows several Republican candidates leading Barack Obama in hypothetical 2012 match-ups.
The sad thing is I fear that many Palin supporters are buying into it. It is an easy assumption made on the left that these “Palinistas” are too blindly devoted to their leader – automatons who focus on only Sarah Palin and no other conservative leaders, let alone simple conservative principles. After all, most leftists tend to rally around personalities rather than principles, why not assume the same of the right? Once again, I say that in attempting to escalate any imaginary feud between Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, her supporters only play into the hands of the left. This does not destroy competition in the path to take back Washington; this only weakens conservatives while Washington liberals stand back and laugh. The left is attempting to divide and conquer. Romney and Palin fans alike need to support each other to make sure this cannot happen.
There has been no indication that Governor Romney and Sarah Palin regard each other in anything other than mutual respect and admiration. Romney has had bitter encounters with some other Republicans – McCain, Huckabee during the primaries, Richard Lugar now with his foolish support for New-START. Sarah Palin though is regarded as on our side by many Romney supporters. Any failure by her supporters to show anything other than similar respect to Mitt Romney is contrary to Palin’s opinion, a disservice to Palin’s aims, and a disservice to the conservative movement as a whole. I can understand having some concerns with some of Romney’s or Palin’s positions on various issues, but Reagan’s 80% rule really should apply here,* particularly as it seems to me that Romney and Palin agree quite a bit more than 80% of the time.
Anyway, I applaud Romney and Palin both for staying above this nonsense of late, and continuing to support each other. They are keeping focused on the main goal, which is the support of conservative candidates nationwide for this November. Fellow conservatives need to abide by their example and maintain a similar focus. The battle of 2010 is not yet won.
*“My 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.”