Mitt Romney speaking at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines on 11/23/12
Photo by Dave Davidson –

You’d think that Mitt Romney wouldn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to encourage free speech and free enterprise, but no.

No comment from him on Chick-fil-A.  He didn’t even have to say he agreed with Dan Cathy.  Politico reports:

Mitt Romney refused to comment on two culture fights being waged by members of his own party.

At a news conference in Las Vegas, Romney wouldn’t weigh in on either the fight over comments by the president of the fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A over gay marriage or an effort spearheaded by Michele Bachmann calling for an investigation into Huma Abedin and alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the federal government.

“Those are not things that are part of my campaign,” Romney said.

He also wouldn’t say whether he thinks members of his party talking about those issues are a distraction.

“I’m not going to tell other people what to talk about,” Romney said.

Obviously the hundreds of thousands of people who came out in support of Chick-fil-A on Wednesday don’t believe it is a distraction.  Earth to Romney – this is your base.  Nobody is asking for it to be the thrust of his campaign, but what a wasted opportunity.

  1. This entire presidential election cycle has been a rather depressing one to me—but that is not unusual for one who believes that the greatest threat to ourselves and our nation is the ongoing decay of moral and cultural values. Add to that the threat to Christian and political freedom. In the Republican presidential primary race I narrowed my options to Governor Perry, Congresswoman Bachman and former Senator Santorum. But I did not think that any of the candidates, including my three options above, were well rounded, well qualified candidates.

    Mitt Romney, of course, is another ongoing nominee who represents the Republican establishment whose first concerns are money and moderation. I grant that it would be difficult for any consistent across-the-board conservative to win a presidential election when the liberal/left controls most of the major institutions of our country and has “bought off” much of the populace with their “free ticket” to gratification policies and promises.

    Out of fairness to Romney, I can understand his desire to not being drawn into and distracted by the cultural war. Even Obama has been careful how he proceeds in these matters. But Romney is not going to get the liberal/left vote no matter what he does. And a significant part of the Republican base, such as some of us on this post, have been and remain cool to Romney even though we are aware of the utter revolutionary radicalism of Obama and his administration.

    Faced with somewhat similar quandaries in past decades of voting in presidential elections, I have voted for the Constitution party. I have not yet made a final determination whether I will go with Virgil Goode, presidential candidate of the Constitution party, in this election. It depends on several factors between now and the election.

  2. I just heard that Romney has reiterated his opposition to the Boy Scouts’ ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.  So is his silence over Chick-fil-A really a surprise?

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