TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney finds himself cornered in a nasty round of controversy leading right up to his presumed nomination, as factions of the religious right hurl cavalier language, political swipes and serious charges over abortion rights and women’s choice issues.
The Romney campaign assumed they would be marching confidently into victory mode at the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla. this month. A variety of ugly developments have come up.
On August 16, Republican partisan Steve Baldwin charged that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is hiding lavish profits made from his investment in Stericycle. Stericycle is a biomedical waste disposal company known for its large scale handling of fetal remains disposal.
On August 17, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., set off a storm of controversy by trying to parse the meaning of rape in a way which would serve to facilitate no-exceptions legislation, barring abortion procedures under any circumstances. Akin’s remarks are proving extremely damaging to the Republican brand overall. Actually they closely represent “no exceptions” abortion ban policy positions taken by Romney himself, Paul Ryan, and many other Republican principals scurrying to distance themselves by demonizing Akin for saying what he said.
Simultaneously, this month a “DUMP ROMNEY” movement has emerged with plans to persuade the less enthusiastic Romney delegates in Tampa to abstain during the first vote for nominee, at least enough to deny Romney the 1144 votes he needs to win in the first round.
Delegates to the GOP convention are receiving strategy advisories to deny Romney the nomination. These include an e-book detailing why Republican delegates must dump Romney to defeat Obama.
Dr. Gary Cass, a conservative protestant minister and co-spokesman with Baldwin in the move to dump Romney, states “It seems the Republican Party is on the very brink of nominating a man who’s hiding a bloody record of such Biblical proportions, it would make Herod blush.”
In addition, the anti-Romney movement is now publicizing details depicting Romney’s Mormonism as a deviant cult. The “DUMP ROMNEY” e-book is available for download to the Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader.
These, and other controversies, raise the specter of a convention just as stormy indoors as it will be outdoors. With the arrival of anticipated hurricane Isaac on or near the Florida coastline all the marks of a potential political Galveston are in the making.