Friday, January 13, 2012

Should All GOP Presidential Contenders Step Aside For A Brokered Unity Ticket?

Twenty twelve should be a year in which arguably the worst President in American history, Richard Milhous Obama, should be defeated at the ballot box and run out of Washington DC on a rail.

At this point, I hate to say it, but the Republican Party seems to be doing all they can do to re-elect him, which would really cause this nation and our economy such devastation it might not recover from.

Mitt Romney is a failed candidate who has a bad record at winning elections. He could not win the 2008 GOP nomination against a guy (John McLame) who spent the previous eight years acting as a better friend to Democrats. Yet he has been viewed as the presumptive front runner, even though 70 percent of GOP voters are opposed to him.  "Electable" is used over and over as a reason why he should be the nominee, but no one has put forward the argument as to why he is the most electable. In viewing online forums, Twitter and Facebook posts, I've never seen the level of intensity in people who say they will not vote for Romney, even if it means another four years of Obama.

The controversy of Newt Gingrich bringing up Romney's business dealings has only added to the infighting. Romney is seen as getting sympathy from conservative talk radio, even though dirty attacks by his own PAC on Newt or Rick Perry didn't get the same condemnation from conservative talkers. Attacks on Romney and Bain Capital are being seen as attacks on capitalism, even though Bain Capital has been Romney's bane since 1994, even in 2008 and he has been unable to refute them.  He cannot prove whether he created 100,000 jobs (in 1994, it was 10,000).  The appearance is that Romney is somehow the anointed nominee by the GOP elite, who were viewed two years ago as strategizing to prevent other, maybe more charismatic candidate, from considering the 2012 nomination.

Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.

..."There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin," said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. "We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her."

This sentiment was a nearly constant refrain in POLITICO interviews with top advisers to the candidates most frequently mentioned as running in 2012 and a diverse assortment of other top GOP officials.

Nearly all of these interviewees insisted on keeping their views on background, fearing the wrath of conservative grass-roots activists who are enthralled with the former Alaska governor and who have made plain that the establishment’s disdain for Palin and her devotees is mutually reciprocated.

Top Republicans, from presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty to highly influential advisers such as Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, are said to be concerned she will run, and could win, according to the officials.

It doesn't help that Romney is seen, either fairly or unfairly, of getting important endorsements as the result of buying them with campaign cash. A few are even going off into the conspiracy theory realm about Bain Capital and Clear Channel Communications, where many of the top conservative talk show hosts broadcast.

This is not what we want or need if we are to defeat Obama and save this nation. Putting up a candidate that conservatives don't trust, just to appease faux-conservatives like David Frum and the GOP country-club cocktail elite, and being told to "get in line" behind him makes us look more like sheep instead of independent thinkers. "My party, right or wrong" may be liberal Democrat's theme, but it is not anything resembling conservatism. Conservatives have been burned time and time again, and especially after the Tea Party votes were needed to retake the House in 2010, it doesn't help to tell the Tea Party and conservative voters essentially to go to hell in the primary, but come back with your vote in the Fall because a cheese sandwich is better than Obama. That's not a winning argument, nor one to excite the electorate.

So that makes me wonder, and I'll throw it out to you as food for thought. Should Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul all step aside for the good of the country and the Republican Party?

Should the party instead broker a ticket that will unify the GOP base and excite the electorate, standing for all to see as Reagan said as "bold colors, not pale pastels"?

What do you think?

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