What Now, Mitt?

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What Now, Mitt?

Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican candidate for the presidential race, his work is cut out for him. First he’ll have to demonstrate leadership skills.

Not of the American people but of his own party: He has to somehow draw together the Tea Party folks, who want to take President Obama down, and reasonable Republicans who are telling him simply beating on Obama is not enough to run a winning campaign.

Then he has to come up with some kind of platform. Whatever opinions he has managed to express have often been confusing, and even contradictory.

He’s against Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill yet years before, as governor of Massachusetts, he had passed a similar bill. He supports the old No Child Left Behind initiative though everyone knows it has failed in its present form.

Romney is a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), which scares me because that organization has blocked gun control measures. At the same time, he supports the Brady Bill, which banned semi-automatic rifles and imposed a five-day waiting period on the sale of weapons.

I’d like Romney to explain what “putting the country back on track” means? Does it mean keeping women barefoot and pregnant by overturning Roe -v-Wade and eliminating Planned Parenthood?

What really scares me is that all he’s offered are knee-jerk opposing responses to anything Obama has accomplished. So far, “be contrary to the incumbent” has been Romney’s approach.

He even flip-flopped when it came to the death of Osama Bin Laden. In 2007, Romney said, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending millions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Then he tried to play down the President’s success with by saying anybody “even Jimmy Carter” would have given the order to kill Osama.

Finally, he’ll have to deal with the fact that the GOP can’t count on many Florida voters anymore because of Romney’s far right stance on immigration.

Caramba, I can’t wait to see what’ll happen next but I hope he will be exposed as the empty suit some people always said he was.

Sonia Manzano is an author and actress on Sesame Street. Her novel “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” will be released September 1, 2012.