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Now that it’s About Over…Or is it?
By Scott Rohter, April 2012
Rick Santorum threw in the towel last week and all but ended his surprising, come from behind political campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012. In so doing he dropped his conservative political challenge to rival frontrunner Mitt Romney, and he essentially handed him the Party’s nomination at Tampa in August on a silver platter. Now that progressives in the Republican Party have their typical, checked pants, country club, big business Republican to lead the Party once again in 2012, they can turn their attention to defeating Obama, the other progressive candidate in the race, and to playing another round of golf at the country club!
In either case they win. I say the rest of us spend the rest of our time trying to elect REAL grass roots conservatives to both Houses of Congress this Fall instead of worrying about who is going to win the White House in November? And let’s see how well the Establishment does with Mitt Romney. They wanted him. Now they’ve got him! Let’s see what they can do with him.
Obama v. Romney is no “Thrilla in Manilla”. It is not my idea of a dream matchup and I personally wouldn’t waste my money for a front row seat! I don’t believe anything that either one of them says, especially now since they are both running for office. “Mr. Hope and Change” and “Mr. Etch a Sketch”, formerly known as Mr. Flip-flop will say just about anything now to get elected, or re-elected as the case may be! I believe their records, not their words! And progressives believe that if enough people are discouraged by their general lack of candor, then there will be a low voter turnout, and Obama will be the beneficiary, and the winner by default!
But let’s take a quick look at their records. Mr. Obama’s record is a great American train wreck, at least if you actually love America,... unlike Michelle Obama who has only recently learned to love her country! There is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its individual mandates (the "let's pass this bill so we can find out what's in it" approach to governing). Then there is the President's support for gays in the military which literally turns our armed forces into a great big social experiment. Then there is the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act which allows Americans to be arrested in their own homes and locked away indefinately. Then there is Elaina Kagen's appointment to the Supreme Court. And finally there is "Fast and Furious", the gun running operation to sell assault weapons to Mexican drug lords. I'll just stop there... But Mitt Romney’s political record as the Governor of Massachusetts, and as a perennial Republican candidate for President, speaks to me in loud, strident tones followed by long uncomfortable pauses that are filled with sober, reflective thought about just who Mitt Romney really is too!
Sure, I will vote for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in spite of Mitt Romney's inconsistency over the years. I am neither crazy, nor stupid! But let me be perfectly clear. Romney was not my first choice, or my second choice, or even my third choice in this race! I am going to hold my nose and vote for him because I have to, the same way that I voted for John McCain in 2008, but I don’t like doing it, and I am going to spend most of my time and effort helping to elect REAL conservatives to Congress. Let’s see if the Republican Establishment who wanted Mitt Romney so badly, can cajole enough conservatives to do more than just pull the lever or mark their ballot for this guy. To me he is just the latest model of a typical big business Republican to come down the pike from Washington D.C. I didn't make Mitt Romney's record for him, and I certainly can't erase it, and neither for that matter can he!
Let’s see if the Republican Establishment can get enough conservatives to get up off of our sofas and away from our favorite television shows long enough to actually go out and campaign for their guy. Now that he is virtually assured of winning the Republican nomination, let’s see if he engenders more than just a tepid response from conservatives, and more than mere grudging support for all of his inconsistency over the years with such statements like this, “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush!” Let’s see if Romney can inspire even half of the love and affection that Ronald Reagan did, or engender any great passion or enthusiasm at all for just the latest version of an empty suit to be handed down to us by the political Establishment.
I’d like to make the following suggestion. Let’s all promise to hold our noses and vote for Mitt Romney in 2012, just like we did for John McCain in 2008. But at the same time let’s all promise to spend most of our time and effort helping to elect real grassroots conservatives to both Houses of Congress from local districts in States all across the country. Let’s try to take back Congress for the American people and for our children in order to effectively put the brakes on progressivism in our country, no matter which Party or which candidate wins the White House in 2013!
This will throw a big wet towel on whatever hot plans the socialist Obama Administration is considering if by chance they win again in November, but it will also put a damper on whatever progressive shenanigans a future Romney Administration might be contemplating if they win. Because if I am not mistaken, whoever wins the 2012 Presidential Election will be a useful tool of the Progressive Establishment, no matter which Party they come from! Why do I say that? Well for one thing, are you going to tell me that Mitt Romney is a man of such strong convictions and conservative principles, that he will actually have the courage to resist the call from the Progressive Establishment when it comes?
I don't think so! Hell, he couldn’t even stand up to a few liberal members of his own State Legislature when he was the Governor of Massachusetts. That’s why he was Pro-Choice, anti–Second Amendment, and he fully supported individual mandates! I am not going to waste my time working to elect somebody like that! If he wasn’t running against somebody who is actually much worse than he is, I probably wouldn’t even vote for him!
But wait, there is breaking news coming from Colorado and Missouri. Maybe Republicans in those two State caucuses haven't rolled over yet and they aren’t about ready to go silently into the night!...
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