The American Standard Dictionary defines a rogue as “an unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.” Dictionary.com defines a scoundrel as “an unprincipled, dishonorable person,” and a rascal as “an unprincipled, dishonorable person.” Mitt Romney is all three. I know, I know, you evangelicals just don’t like him because he’s a Mormon.
Let’s review, shall we? I said in my post “Make Believe Mitt” that I found Governor Romney to be “a phony” and “as despicable as they come in politics.” Well it seems as though FactCheck.org agrees with my assessment. This organization catalogs how Governor Romney is using “misleading description” when comparing his record as Massachusetts’ governor and Governor Huckabee’s tenure in Arkansas.
Governor Romney is accusing Governor Huckabee in an ad saying “Romney ‘got tough on drugs like meth’ while Huckabee ‘even reduced penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine.” That ad is deceitful in its content. The facts are that while Romney did offer tough legislation on methamphetamine criminals, the legislation never made it out of committee. And while Governor Huckabee did support legislation that “did shorten the amount of time a convict would have to serve before being eligible for parole from 70 percent of the sentence to 50 percent.”
FactCheck.org further explains: “But Arkansas has strict meth laws that remain on the books, and they are far tougher than those in Massachusetts. A convicted meth dealer can be sentenced to 40 years in Arkansas, but in Massachusetts the maximum term is 10 years. The mandatory minimum in Arkansas is 10 years in prison, but it’s only a two-and-a-half-year state prison term in Massachusetts. And, in fact, the bill this ad criticizes was drafted with the help of Arkansas state prosecutors to help alleviate overcrowding problems in the state penal system.”
In light of, um, the FACTS, is not Governor Romney’s ad unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable? I thought so; I refer you back to the three definitions in paragraph one.
And this is the second misleading ad that FactCheck.org has chronicled about Romney’s attack on Huckabee. Just six days ago Romney released an ad accusing Huckabee of being soft on immigration (which Huckabee was) and Romney being tough, vetoing “in-state tuition for illegal aliens…” and opposing “driver’s licenses for illegals.” However, in 2004 the Boston Globe reported the Massachusetts Maligner was “reluctant to veto the tuition proposal.” The Globe quotes Romney:
Romney (June 2004): “I hate the idea of in any way making it more difficult for kids, even those who are illegal aliens, to afford college in our state. But equally, perhaps a little more than equally, I do not want to create an incentive to do something which is illegal.” FactCheck.org further writes that Romney “took no action to punish the ‘sanctuary cities’ that he now rails against. And while he boasts that he authorized state troopers to enforce federal immigration law, that order came at the end of his term, never went into effect and was overturned by his successor.”
Governor Romney, that is just flat out unprincipled and dishonorable, and by definition, that makes you a rouge.