Mitt Romney’s Solyndra

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If you like the Illinois GOP, you’ll love Mitt Romney, Part 8.

An apt quote from yesterday’s Washington Times:

“Romney doesn’t seem to have a cause,” said John J. Pitney Jr., a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College in California. “There’s no Romney faction in the Republican Party… Romney is trying to portray himself as a generic Republican, and I think a lot of Republicans regard him as a resident alien in the conservative movement, not as a full-fledged citizen.”

“Resident alien” is about right. The same could be said about most Republicans holding public office in Illinois. If anyone would like to argue that point, I’d ask them to show me how the GOP Platform (which is conservative) has been advanced by those Illinois Republicans I impugn.

The more we learn about Romney’s only term in public office – his four years as governor of a small state – the worse it gets. If you don’t like Obama helping the now bankrupt energy company Solyndra you’re not going to like Romney’s behavior when he was in Massachusetts.

The following excerpt is from Politico.com:

Republicans are pounding Barack Obama on Solyndra, but it may be a complicated argument for their front-runner to maintain: While Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts also picked some winners and losers with energy subsidies.

And like Obama, some of the companies Romney’s state invested in came out on the losing end. […]

[D]emocrats — and even some Republicans — say the core issue is the same: If the federal government shouldn’t be betting on one company rather than the other, then neither should the state of Massachusetts.

“It’s exactly the kind of thing he’d say you invest in, that you win some, you lose some,” said Sonia Hamel, a former special assistant who handled climate issues for Romney in the Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development. “It does seem hypocritical.”

Just under three weeks into his term as governor, Romney brought a $1.5 million check to Konarka, a well-connected solar startup in Lowell, Mass., itching to buy a new pilot production assembly line.

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