The EFM Feature

Of Gov. Romney’s speech to the National Right to Life Convention:

“Times of decision are moments of great clarity. Before I was Governor, the life issue was just that, an issue. But when responsibility for life or ending life was placed in my hands, I made the right decision. I chose life.”

This gets to the heart of something I wrote a while back, namely that times of choosing are the most revealing windows into a politician’s soul. There are plenty of folks out there who can talk the pro-life talk, but all too often they are the same people missing when it’s time for action. We can call these people theoretical social conservatives–good to have on your side to pad a vote tally but not to lead a movement. Then there are operational social conservatives like Gov. Romney–those with the vision and passion not only to defend but to advance a pro-life, pro-family agenda. Gov. Romney did not become socially conservative as a result of idle hours spent in some oak-paneled classroom. Instead, he became one of us by being in the trenches–where he had choices to make. And as the Governor said, he made the right ones.

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