posted on March 28, 2012 09:16
There’s a whiff of Mitt Romney about Thom Tillis. Witness his prediction that the gay-marriage amendment, which he supports, will be repealed in 20 years.
Was he playing to a college crowd? Once again signaling he’s not really comfortable with the right-wing social issues? Or was it a classic political gaffe – when you catch flak for telling the truth?
Rick Santorum memorably said of Romney that he’s been on both sides of every public issue for the last 10 years. Tillis doesn’t have that track record, but he has wandered off the reservation a couple of times.
Plus, Tillis and Romney are both management consultants: facts and figures guys. Card-carrying members of the reality-based community.
Here’s the fundamental political strength both of them have in a general election – and their fundamental weakness in a Republican primary: They strike me as the kind of Republicans I might like. That’s because I don’t believe they believe all that social-issue stuff. And that’s a mortal sin with the conservative Christian wing of their party.