Being a Frontrunner Means Lots Of Knives In Your Back

Mitt Romney is coming under some pretty intense fire these days, and not much of it is “friendly” anymore.

It started with Tim Pawlenty trying desperately to attack him on “Obamneycare,” a health care reform slur that the Minnesota Republican wasn’t confident enough to make to Romney’s face, but had no problem bringing up when he was doing media interviews. 

But now everyone is jumping on board over Romney’s refusal to be “anti-abortion enough” to assuage the powers behind the Susan B. Anthony List, a group pledged to support “pro-life female candidates” but who instead seem to focus on any race that gives them some public attention.  After Romney refused to sign onto a statement that basically declared that absolutely every move he would make as a president would be tied to either making abortions completely illegal and/or defunding Planned Parenthood, SBA openly attacked the Republican front runner for his lack of dedication to eradicating abortion, and has since had the other Republican contenders doing the same.

Via the Hill:

“It is distressing that Gov. Romney refuses to sign the SBA Pledge, even while claiming to be pro-life,” said Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s (R-Minn.) presidential campaign. “The excuses for not signing clearly continue the doubts about his leadership and commitment to ending the practice of abortion — particularly for a candidate who ran as pro-choice for the Senate and governorship of Massachusetts.”

“This past Monday night at the Republican presidential debate, I was asked about Gov. Romney’s pro-life conversion, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I apparently spoke too soon. It is incredibly disappointing that Gov. Romney chose not to defend those who cannot defend themselves,” said former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). Even after Romney’s explanation, Santorum doubled down, suggesting that Romney’s answer was insufficient.

And even Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who might make a late entry into the campaign, sent a shot across the bow of the other candidates during a speech this weekend before conservative activists.

“It saddens me, sometimes, when my fellow Republicans duck and cover in the face of pressure from the left,” Perry said at the Republican Leadership Conference. “We need to redouble our efforts to elect more conservative Republicans.”

Even the normally mild mannered Ron Paul campaign jumped on board, with one adviser stating, “”Given Governor Romney’s past flip-flops on the Right to Life issue and his support for Obamacare-like individual mandates, this stance is very troubling. Right to Life conservatives must question Gov. Romney’s commitment to our cause.”

And it’s not just the other GOP contenders coming after Romney — legislative leaders are attacking, too.  Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain both criticized Romney over his plans on Afghanistan, and Libya, with McCain even dropping the dreaded “What would Reagan do?” on the former governor.

So how do you stop getting hit when you are the frontrunner and have a giant target on your back.  Apparently, the key is to run so far ahead that you leave everyone else too far behind to even hit you.  The question is, can Romney get that far?


Photo by Jessica Rinaldi (Mitt Romney Media) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Katie K.
Katie K.5 years ago

Dah....what did he expect, that warm and fuzzy feeling. If this has got him rattled, whats he going to do when it really gets dirry?

Lori Ann H.
Lori Hone5 years ago

What an arrogant jerk, anyone who votes Republican is completely stupid or crazy, truth & reality has nothing to do with their views.

Joseph Belisle
Joseph Belisle5 years ago

When the crazies call you crazy, you can't be too bad.

I look forward to seeing knives in Romney's back. He's thrown enough of his own during his tenure as governer my home state.

Mike W.
Mike W.5 years ago


Mike W.
Mike W.5 years ago


Vance Daddi
Vance Daddi5 years ago

Romney is probably way too sane to get the Republican/Tea party nomination.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams5 years ago

Romney's problem is that he is a moderate Republican. He is more concerned about money than about sex. Today the other Republicans are way to the right of him.

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik5 years ago

I am sorry to inform the SBA group but she would be turning over in her grave at the idea that a group so people so opposed to freedom took her name. I would think that even the anti-abortionists would realize that there is more that a President had to do than to make abortion illegal & defund Planned Parenthood. There are 3 wars going on, there is rampant unemployment (I notice the Republicans STILL HAVEN'T tackled that), The economy is bust, the middle class is broken & getting less & less - but all they worry about is unborn children??? The only thing worth fighting for in their lives are children who may or may not be born? Wish they would spend half as much time worrying about the already born kids who everyday wonder where their next meal is coming from....

Bruce S.
Bruce S.5 years ago

I believe that even the media now admits that polls show Ron Paul as the real frontrunner.

Roger Nobles
Roger Nobles5 years ago

I'm absolutely not Republican, but Mitt Romney is the only credible candidate in the entire GOP field. The other pretenders, including Ron Paul, are simply jealous, that one of the "brothers" does not agree with many of the the Corporate sponsored attempts to derail Democracy in the United States. Seems he wants to restore some credibility and humanity to the GOP, and maybe even take the party back from the Tea Party hijackers.