The re-election campaign of President Barack Obama and his liberal allies have opened a new front against Republican Mitt Romney – that he is a puppet of the Tea Party and right-wingers.
Too bad it is not true. Not that we would want a puppet, even one of our own, for President.
Governor Romney has gained some ground among social conservatives and Tea Partiers, but he still has a long way to go to convince many conservatives to give him the pedal-to-the-metal support they are giving candidates like Richard Mourdock in Indiana or Scott Walker in Wisconsin.
Romney got many conservatives looking his way with a heartfelt speech on faith and family at Liberty University and with his quick and consistent opposition to Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage.
Likewise, Romney has hit a chord with Tea Partiers and economic conservatives with his speeches on economic freedom – and Obama’s assault on economic freedom is every bit as scary to conservatives as are the various assaults he has mounted on personal freedom and freedom of religion.
But these are just speeches
Conservatives are still waiting for real concrete action out of the soon-to-be-official Republican presidential nominee to prove that he will govern as a conservative.
So far the signs, for example in the form of who advises Governor Romney -- and thus is likely to join his administration -- are that he will run and govern as an establishment Republican.
While getting rid of Obama -- and the leftist radicals in his administration -- would be a relief, electing an administration filled with establishment Republicans is hardly a victory for conservatives.
As we have said before, the most concrete action Governor Romney could take to gain the unreserved support of conservatives and close his enthusiasm gap with President Obama, would be to choose a conservative running mate. Absent that, conservatives will continue to wonder if there will really be action to back-up the appealing words of the Governor’s rhetoric.