Half a loaf is better than none?

Mitt Romney has an opinion piece in today's USA Today:

If I am elected president, I will issue on my first day in office an executive order paving the way for waivers from ObamaCare for all 50 states. Subsequently, I will call on Congress to fully repeal ObamaCare....

All righty then.  Read the whole thing.  And then review this from a few weeks ago.

A columnist at PajamasMedia, in the guise of a fictional therapist "helping" a conflicted conservative, posed the following questions earlier this week:

  • What if Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for president in 2012?
  • Are you going to pick up your signs for Candidate X and go home?
  • Could you work for and support Romney’s campaign?
  • Will you vote for Romney in the 2012 election?
  • What if the polls show that Romney is running neck and neck with Obama?
  • Do you resent that squishy independent swing vote that is fueling Romney?

She also quotes Ronald Reagan:

“I’m not retreating an inch from where I was. But I also recognize this: There are some people who would have you so stand on principle that if you don’t get all that you’ve asked for from the legislature, why, you jump off the cliff with the flag flying. I have always figured that a half a loaf is better than none, and I know that in the democratic process you’re not going to always get everything you want. So, I think what they’ve misread is times in which I have compromised.”

Make no mistake—the struggle of many rank-and-file Republicans and conservatives with these very issues given the current crop of potential candidates (and the questions could be applied to almost anyone at this point) is, in the immortal words of Vice President Biden, a big effin' deal.  Don't minimize it.

Of course, that columnist then does exactly that with this final salvo: "If [Romney as GOP nominee] is the eventual outcome, and as a “true conservative” you find yourself still demanding a “full loaf,” please consult a therapist and Ronald Reagan."

And who is this font of wisdom?  Myra Adams, who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign.  That turned out well, didn't it?