If you think that dislike for Mitt Romney comes exclusively from the left, a quick gambol around the internet will provide you with some pretty extreme hatred of Romney from the right.
For many in Massachusetts, Romney’s term as governor left a really bad taste in their mouths because of failed promises and his abysmal jobs record. But for at least one Bay Stater, Romney was far too liberal:
I’m particularly fond of her criticism of Romney’s CPAC speech. In Romney’s attempts to be all things to all people, he spoke at CPAC. Liberals questioned his blatant pandering to the uber-conservatives. But for the uber-conservatives, he just wasn’t conservative enough; there were apparently about ten or twelve litmus tests that he just didn’t pass.
And check out this video. Contrada apparently holds Romney responsible for everything from every initiative the Massachusetts Department of Social Services took during his term to what the lesbians were wearing during the pride parades:
Whew. I had no idea any politician had that much power.
Then there are the religious doomsayers. Literally. It’s kind of hard to tell if they’re serious or if they’re just being hucksters and trying to sell books and DVDs:
This kind of
marketing hawking of wares is worthy of Newt Gingrich.
So far, I don’t think that anyone on the left has claimed that Romney is Satan. Attribution of demonic traits to a candidate is generally the purview of the right, but this site pulls no punches:
For the author of this site, even Pat Robertson, Sean Hannity, and James Dobson are not crazy enough for his taste, because they’ve endorsed Mitt Romney. It’s clear that Romney’s religion is still a significant barrier for some.
There’s one more site that’s a compendium of all things Mitt in Massachusetts (at least, from the ultra-right-wing perspective):
According to these folks, the problem on issues like gay rights, abortion rights, and health care isn’t that he’s too far to the right. It’s that he’s too far to the left! Glad we got that cleared up.
With all the focus on the economy, I wonder if these issues will even register at the polls.
Liberals, women, the LGBT community, and racial minorities have all to often been on the receiving end of this kind of hatred from the radical right. But it’s instructive to know that someone as extremely to the right as Mitt Romney can be the target of folks like this.
It’s just more proof that, in the last couple of decades, the left has moved right, and the right has moved even farther right.