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Mayor Michael Bloomberg Nails Mitt Romney’s Problem in Obama Endorsement


ENDORSEMENTS DON’T impress me much, as you likely know by now. However, when an endorsement includes the resounding reason why one candidate likely won’t be elected, while both positing the “what if?” question before Election Day, as well as the dissatisfaction with the current Oval Office occupant, it’s worth noting. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg did just that in his endorsement yesterday.

If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.Mayor Michael Bloomberg

As for what might have happened if a prior version of Mitt Romney would have shown up, well, you’ll have to ask the wacky right wing base that question.

Because it’s more than likely a pro choice, climate change, pro health care Mitt Romney could have beaten President Obama.

However, that’s not reality.

Bloomberg also cited climate change, which Romney also used to believe in.

Mitt Romney, too, has a history of tackling climate change. As governor of Massachusetts, he signed on to a regional cap- and-trade plan designed to reduce carbon emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels. “The benefits (of that plan) will be long- lasting and enormous — benefits to our health, our economy, our quality of life, our very landscape. These are actions we can and must take now, if we are to have ‘no regrets’ when we transfer our temporary stewardship of this Earth to the next generation,” he wrote at the time.

He couldn’t have been more right. But since then, he has reversed course, abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported. This issue is too important. We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward.

The Bloomberg endorsement is valuable for the problems it describes in both candidates, but particularly in reminding everyone of a Mitt Romney who would have taken it to Obama in a different way representing a type of Republican that only exists under the radar right now.

After President Obama is reelected maybe Republicans will re-access and decide to join the modern era. It could begin by Governor Chris Christie also joining in on the climate change club.

If the cost of Sandy doesn’t wake up Republicans on climate change nothing will.

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2 Responses to Mayor Michael Bloomberg Nails Mitt Romney’s Problem in Obama Endorsement

  1. ladywalker68 November 2, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Well said, Taylor, especially this part:

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    “The Bloomberg endorsement is valuable for the problems it describes in both candidates, but particularly in reminding everyone of a Mitt Romney who would have taken it to Obama in a different way representing a type of Republican that only exists under the radar right now.

    After President Obama is reelected maybe Republicans will re-access and decide to join the modern era. It could begin by Governor Chris Christie also joining in on the climate change club.

    If the cost of Sandy doesn’t wake up Republicans on climate change nothing will.”
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    I am not holding my breath on the Republicans changing course. They tend to double down even in defeat.

    Yesterday there was an interesting discussion on one of the talk shows about “climate change”. The idea is that admitting it is here, regardless of the reason. After you have 3 or 4 “once in a lifetime storms” in less than 10 years, you have to be a fool to deny it is happening.

    Some people don’t want to believe it is caused by behavior in humans. So the idea being discussed was let’s put aside discussing the cause and at least admit it is here. If you agree on that, then you can modify your approach to rebuilding infrastructure.

    Of course, if you believe that it is caused by human behavior versus just a natural progression, then that is huge too. I believe we as humans do have an impact on everything and not always a very positive one. So we can change our behavior to lessen the impact and maybe turn things around. Don’t know about the latter.

    The challenge is convincing those who do not agree or who just don’t care because they believe that the sole purpose of everything on the planet is to serve The Almighty Man and that we have a God-given right to “consume” and destroy and don’t have to give a fig about preserving the planet for future generations. We will never change the minds those who hold those attitudes so all we can do is to hope that type of thinking, along with the right wing nuts who have taken possession of the Republican soul become extinct and the sooner the better.

  2. Lake Lady November 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    You both make good points..don’t forget the people who believe when it gets too hot down here Jesus is going to rapture them to heaven. One of our court clerks, an otherwize reasonable, intelligent person expressed that belief to me recently..

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