Tricia Erickson
Tricia Erickson

By Tricia Erickson

Albert Einstein defined the definition of insanity as doing the same thing over again, expecting different results.

While a major percentage of Americans, including me, lament that Obama is our President, will we fulfill the definition of insanity by propping up Mitt Romney, yet again, to lose another election? Or will we learn from our Karl Rove mistakes and place a solid and sane leader into The Office Of The Presidency in 2016?

On Friday, Mitt Romney finally told the truth about his interest in a third presidential run to a room full of Republican donors, as if he hadn’t planned for this all along.

While Romney has denied over the past years that he would run for President again, his actions have shown differently. One of Mitt’s strategies to win 2012 was to spend time and money to prop up GOP candidates to win elections all over the US. By donating to the GOP candidates, he would in return expect them to support him in his run for the White House.

Well, true to Mitt Romney form, he has been using this same tactic, yet again, to gain “payback” if and / or when he runs for the Presidency a second time. He keeps the right hand working while his left hand stealthily labors behind the scenes. And remember that while Mitt was saying he would not run again, his wife, Ann, did not....until she will again. If Mitt runs again, he will most likely say that his wife, Ann, and children and grandchildren urged him to run again. And who could turn that picture perfect family down?

Meanwhile, establishment Godfather Karl Rove is licking his chops to place another liberal-Romney or common-core-amnesty-Bush into the office of the Presidency. And in true form, Karl Rove will be promoting the two-for-one blue light special.

There’s a breach in the Republican establishment Party that has divided Republicanesqe’ citizens over the last 10 years. The true conservatives recognize the similarities between establishment Republicans and liberal voters. Case-in-point, Republicans literally paid Democrats in Mississippi to vote for the Republican establishment candidate Thad Cochran. And what better example of Mitt Romney style politics than to pay for votes as referenced above by giving money to establishment Republican’s candidacies for their support in return? You connect the dots.

And remember Mitt Romney’s ties to ownership of Clear Channel through Bain Capital? What could possibly go wrong with another Romney run?


The grass roots citizens are fed up with America and are yearning for true representation…not “political” representation. Because of Obama’s actions against the constitution and the fiber of our nation, the citizens have had to get involved to save their country, and are now more involved in the process.

I can’t even imagine that the grass roots are going to agree to trade one liberal establishment candidate for one of two others. I believe that there is a movement afoot that will cry out to the mountain tops for authentic constitutional and “sane” representation. Putting Bush aside, Mitt Romney is surely not that savior. And I mean that literally as you will see at the end of this op-ed.

Let me remind you of Mr. Romney’s actual record:

• In 2002, Romney refused to sign a no new taxes pledge while running for governor. Under Romney, Massachusetts was in the BOTTOM THREE OF THE NATION FOR JOB CREATION, only above post-Katrina Louisiana and Michigan.

• Under Romney’s governorship, the national average growth of output of goods and services was 13%. Romney’s output only grew 9%. (Reuters)

• According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), under Romney, spending in the Bay State rose 20.7 percent (Government bytes) Romney raised corporate taxes (Widmer, president of MA Taxpayers Foundation).

• As Governor, Romney raised taxes and fees seven times by multi-millions of dollars to the tax payer and increased 57 fees while creating 33 new ones, earning him the nickname of “Fee Fee.”

• Romney on Tim Russert's Meet the Press interview: “I’m not trying to hide from the fact that we raised fees. We raised fees $240 million.”

• Romney also, during a fiscal crisis in his state, imposed a 2 cent per-gallon gasoline fee, imposed an internet sales tax and legislated to facilitate the local governments within his state to raise business property taxes, while claiming that he would not “raise taxes”, He also raised local property taxes, created an Internet sales tax and raised business property taxes.

• By March, 2009, employer backed premiums were the highest in the nation.

• By 2009, the average expense for family coverage was over $15,000.

Peter Robinson on reported “In the last two years alone, spending on free and subsidized plans for low-income citizens of the bay state has doubled from $630 million in 2007 to an estimated 1.3 billion this year.”

Grace-Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute wrote in the Wall Street Journal in March 2010 “While Massachusetts’ uninsured rate has dropped to around 3%, 68% of the newly insured since 2006 receive coverage that is heavily or completely subsidized by taxpayers. While Mr. Romney insisted that everyone should pay something for coverage that is not the way his plan has turned out. More than half of the 408,000 newly insured residents pay nothing, according to a February 2010 report by the Massachusetts Health Connector, the state’s insurance exchange.”

The wait to see primary care physicians for new patients rose to 44 days with some doctors refusing to accept new patients and the wait time to see specialists rose to roughly 50 days and 55,000 illegal immigrants received more than $93 million in Massachusetts Health benefits for emergency medical services in just one year.

As Romney criticized Cruz on the government shutdown, he ignored his own fathering of government mandated healthcare to America:

The Washington Times, August 2007: “As governor, Mr. Romney wielded control over a significant budget and oversaw three cities that were proud of their designation as ‘sanctuary cities:’ Cambridge, Somerville and Orleans. Yet as governor, Mr. Romney did not cut their funding. He recommended millions of dollars in state funding of them and made no attempt to force these cities to change their policies.”

Romney relies on the backlash against Barack Obama’s radical policies to propel him into the presidency. Ever the image master, like Obama, he is positioning himself as the savior of the country. He is counting on the American electorate to ignore his record, flip-flops and insatiable quest for the presidency that began with his father. Where Obama’s brand was hope and change and the anti-Bush, Romney’s is Mr. Fix-it and the anti-Obama. The only question is, will we be fooled again?

Tricia Erickson is also a political consultant and frequent on-air contributor who has opined on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, most major TV networks plus hundreds of radio shows.