Mitt Romney is keeping some unsettling company these days; according to Reuters,
“From policy advisers to campaign strategists, more than two dozen veterans of the Bush administration have flocked to Romney’s campaign.” Romney’s campaign is “a restoration of the Bush establishment,” said former Bush speechwriter Matt Lattimer, who is not supporting Romney. Bush loyalists “all want to be back in power again, and Romney’s the best bet.”
Remember the Grover Norquist speech where he essentially said all they needed was a President to do what he was told?
Some of the key Bush people already on board with Romney include:
- Glenn Hubbard, architect of the Bush-era tax cuts
- Michael Chertoff, the former homeland security chief
- Margaret Spellings, secretary of education under Bush
- Rod Paige, another Secretary of Education under Bush (Paige you might remember, called the nation’s largest group of school teachers a “terrorist organization,” and rejected American public schools for lacking “the values of the Christian community.”)
- Ed Gillespie, Counselor to the President, Bush Administration
- John Bolton, Former U.N. Ambassador
“of “Romney’s 24 special advisors on foreign policy, 17 served in the Bush-Cheney administration.”
If that doesn’t scare you, nothing will. On top of that, he’s got Dick Cheney throwing him fund raisers, and Karl Rove cheer-leading for him on Fox News.
Foreign Policy. com points out:
“…the policies that Romney has advocated — like indefinitely leaving our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example — are continuations of the Bush-Cheney doctrine, version 2.0.
…the recklessness of Dick Cheney is clearly reflected in the foreign policies that Romney has advocated so far on the campaign trail.”
Recklessness can be found in most of Romney’s policies including economic, education, and healthcare to name a few. The people Romney is aligning himself with are many of the same people responsible for the mess that Obama inherited. Obviously Mitt’s not much of an ideas man after all; he’s just more dangerous than we thought.