The Iowa Caucuses saw an upset in the polls last week as the GOP campaign season kicked into full gear. Although the outcome was in Romney’s, the voting margin between him and Rick Santorum was only by 14 votes. The upset?  The projected winners at the beginning of the day were Romney and Ron Paul running neck and neck. And it wasn’t just CNN projecting that Romney and Paul would be in the lead.

Senator John Kerry

So why the change? Two words: Flip flop. Many will remember this term from the 2004 election when then-Democratic nominee John Kerry was deemed a “flip-flop” when confronted about his voting for the war before he was against it (amongst his many other flip-flopping shenanigans over the years). Voters are starting to realize that Romney has too many skeletons in the closet and has been nothing but inconsistent.

Just take a look at his voting record.  He was for gun control before he was against it.  He was for abortion before he was against.  He was for mandating healthcare (and even took pride in Obama using a system that was similar to the one he implemented in Massachusetts) before he was against it. And the list goes on.

As a result, there is a clash between the Romney that ran four years ago and the Romney that is running today.

In fact, it’s so bad that even the Democratic National Party has caught on, creating a campaign ad elaborating on Romney’s numerous speeches in which he has fabricated the truth about his voting record and beguiled the American people.

So, if Romney is so wishy-washy, why do people like him?  The answer: He’s a moderate.  As indicated by recent polls, the majority of America wants Obama booted out of a job, come November 2012, and there are many libertarians, independents (and, in some cases, moderate Democrats) whose votes remain undecided.  There is fear within the Republican Party that these votes will most likely not go to a conservative candidate, but a moderate or liberal Republican that the Republican Party desires to cash in on these votes to ensure they win the election.  Their best RINO?  You guessed it: Mitt Romney.

The effect of this could possibly cost the Republicans the entire presidential election. Despite President Obama’s socialist/Marxist views on government (and execution of those views with the help of Congress), the one thing he has done in his presidency is remain consistent. He helped promote Obamacare and still considers it one of the “crown jewels” of his presidency.

Now imagine a presidential debate with Mitt Romney and Barack Obama going head-to-head. Sure, Romney can throw some pretty low blows; but, his voting record is not only bad, but he has also lied about it on numerous occasions, whereas Obama is proud of every decision he has made. I can just hear Obama thanking Romney on stage for inspiring Obamacare.

This is a dangerous step.  Conservatives stick to their morals and the Constitution, which, clearly, Romney has not.

Quite frankly, if Mitt Romney has been so flippant about the issues as a governor, he’ll likely be much worse in office as President.  Do we really want to run the risk of losing the battle simply because Mitt Romney can’t decide which party he’s with?

We, as conservatives, shouldn’t have to settle.

Elissa Roberson // College of the Desert // @ElissaRoberson