In the latest couple Republican debates that occurred in New Hampshire, Republicans sparred and attacked each other over many things, but the language seemed familiar. A few candidates, namely Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney kept talking about “change” and being “agents of change.” Sound like the Democratic 1st and 2nd place finishers in Iowa?
However, what about their positions will actually change things in the United States? Both want a continuing presence in Iraq and supported the troop surge. No change there. Both support the discriminatory practice of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and do not advocate for the rights of the GLBT community. No change there. Both want to continue the trend of the growing income gap between rich and poor by making permanent the Bush tax cuts. No change there. And both will be continuing the 8 years of ineffective Republican leadership. Absolutely no change there.
Huckabee did point out that Romney may be the real agent of change. Romney’s positions have changed on abortion, gun rights, and same sex unions.
Both candidates however do support one change that would shatter the rights of women; an overturn of Roe v Wade. And I believe the second most important reason, behind the War in Iraq, there must be a progressive victory in 2008 is to secure the possible three Supreme Court Justices that may retire within the next eight years. Both Huckabee and Romney would install justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, both conservative extremists.