It’s Time to Focus on the Main Event

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The media would like to drag the GOP primaries out as long as possible. For one thing, they relish Republicans trashing other Republicans. For another, they enjoy seeing the GOP squandering tens of millions of dollars that, as a result, they won’t have available when the general election rolls around.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe that Mitt Romney is the candidate with the best chance of defeating Obama, whom I regard as the gravest menace, foreign or domestic, that this country has ever faced. When I think of the permanent damage he could do to America if given another four years and the opportunity to possibly replace the likes of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, my blood runs cold.

If either Santorum or Gingrich had built up a commanding lead in the primaries, I would have urged the others to drop out of the race because either of them would make a far better president than the Occupy Wall Streeter who currently occupies the Oval Office.

I would even support Ron Paul, the man who has never won a single primary even though this is his third run for the presidency. Although I regard his foreign policy as dangerously delusional, I believe Rep. Paul, unlike Obama, is a genuine patriot who sincerely wants what’s best for America.

There are those who insist that Mitt Romney would be no different from Obama. I regard such people as either being saps for believing that a so-called “Massachusetts moderate” is the same thing as a left-wing zealot or, as is far more likely, liars, who are trying to disguise their religious bigotry as nothing more than political differences. To me, the scary thing is that there are so many Republicans who see a moral equivalence between a Marxist and a Mormon.

Gingrich remains in the race for the same reason I always said he entered in the first place. He wanted to enhance his brand, thus ensuring that even years after leaving Congress, he would continue to sell books and videos and collect huge speaking fees. If he had been a serious candidate, he would not have spent the early weeks of the primary sailing around the Greek islands, leading his entire campaign team to resign. Also, if he had been serious, an old veteran of the political wars would not have found himself in the embarrassing position of not being on the ballot in his home state of Virginia.

I sincerely believe the only reason Newt is still hanging around is his hatred of Romney. After all, Romney is everything Gingrich wishes he were: tall, handsome, an exemplary father and husband and extraordinarily wealthy. In addition to jealousy, there is political animus because through an odd set of circumstances, Gingrich actually found himself perched atop the polls until Romney’s Super Pac buried him in Iowa.

Santorum is still sticking around because, unlike Gingrich, he has actually won more than two primaries, although the fact that he, too, was off the ballot in Virginia and in several Ohio counties, doesn’t speak well of his organizational skills. Still, the fact remains that as we approach the mid-point of the primary season, Romney has collected more delegates than Gingrich, Paul and Santorum, combined, and that the big ones coming up after the swing through the South — namely California, New Jersey and Illinois — all favor Romney, would suggest that for the sake of the Party, it is time to coalesce. The problem is that neither Santorum nor Gingrich holds elective office, and, so, there is no way the Party leaders can force the issue.

A good deal of the opposition to Romney comes from those who see him as the choice of the GOP establishment. The irony is that if Santorum and Gingrich somehow prevent Romney from garnering the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination, it will lead to a brokered convention. And just who do you think will control that?

The good thing about being the standard bearer for the GOP in 2012 is that, unlike any presidential campaign in the past, the candidate won’t have to make a slew of promises he might not be able to deliver on; instead, he can earn his place on Mt. Rushmore by merely undoing what Obama has done.

As for Obama, the unfortunate thing is that he received the Nobel Peace Prize a month after he took office. In a just world, he would have received it next February, a month after he leaves.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write!

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  • Mike Jackson

    I think just about any candidate with the letter R after his or her name will likely win this falls election.  But knowing the GOP history, I half expect to watch them snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory.

    I’d like the GOP nomination process continue up to the convention.  If nothing else, it deflects the medias attention.  But it has the added benefit of keeping a candidate in campaign mode longer. 

    The simple ABC’ rule of election politics requires one to “Always Be Campaigning.”  Any candidate who forgets this simple rule deserves to have his backside handed to him. Granted, national political office tends to include it being served on a silver platter.  For a losing incumbent, it’s generally made of gold.

    Granted, I expect Romney to be the nominee with 99% certainty but it keeps the media bewildered and confused for the time being.  I like that. :)

    Gingrich: He has always been is own worst enemy.  To his credit, he will admit that.  To his detriment, he forgot how to be his own best friend. Then again, politicians have no friends and deservedly so.

    Santorum: I still fail to see how, after his losing reelection in a landslide, he believes he can become president.  If he loses the in PA, then it’s time for him to hang it up.  Graciously, I hope.

    Paul: He won’t go away and should.  His positions on limited government ring true but the guy should know he has no chance of winning in the general election.  I hear a lot of
    If only the voters would realize. . . . .
    If people would stop and think. . . . . . 
    If this….
    If that……

    There’s a LOT of if’s there and the answer in each case boils down to two simple words. “They don’t.”

    Romney.  Yep, he may have the support of the GOP establishment but that’s not so bad either.  Romney should be able to use the self reliance aspect of his Mormon faith to make his case and do so without sounding like he’s proselytizing.  If he manages that, he’ll garner support of the tea party and win in a runaway.

    The other thing Romney needs to do is be willing to attack Obama with the same ferocity that will be used against him.  In other words, he needs to make sure he’s not bringing a knife to a gun fight.

    Ultimately, Romney must realize that the election is not over with the nomination.  It’s just the beginning of the real battle. 

    David had to do some convincing with King Saul before being allowed to do battle.  And this opponent is no Goliath.

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  Although I don’t disagree with your comments I have a different take on the Gingrich demise.  It is agreed that Gingrich’s demise is partially due to the fact that Romney had a ton of money for negative advertising against him.  However, advertising, to be effective, must play into a narrative which the consuming public senses has some legitimacy. 

     In the Gingrich case, he became his own worst enemy.  First, he failed to recognize that in this new media world, the days of the grand meta narrative are over and yet his continued to try to sell his “grand vision for America.” American Republicans sensed that the existing problems are too complex to be handled by a single slogan type campaign.    Secondly, he failed to understand that in the days of instantaneous communication via the Internet, the days of making different promises to different interest groups are over.  These promises become known to all groups instantaneously.  Hence you cannot preach limited central government to one group and then travel down the road and promises some fantastically expensive space program.  Romney’s advertising was successful because it subtly framed Gingrich as and outdated politician in a time where America needs competence over oratory.

    BTW:  If you look at Romney’s recent speech to the associated press, you will see the makings of an American politician who has every appearance of being a figure who can play on the world stage.  This was  something the rest of the free world came to expect from America until Obama somehow jumped onto the stage and transformed it from a Shakespearean play to a slapstick comedy starring the three stooges … Obama, Pelosi, and Read.

  • AshSix

    Spot on, Burt, as usual.  Just hope that the GOP doesn’t punt it in to the stands over the next few months, which, unfortunately, is very possible.  For the good of the country, Newt and Rick now need to take one for the team and step back.

  • Glen

    Anyone able to undo Obama’s malicious mess deserves his own sacred mountain as a fitting monument to their achievement.  Another good on, Burt!