Rick Santorum’s withdrawal from the race leaves clear sailing for Mitt Romney to lock up the Republican nomination.
Let’s face it. Republicans in 2012 had a weak field of candidates from which to choose a nominee. And, on top of that, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele changed the Republican nomination process to drag the fight out over a much longer period. So, we were subjected to a long, drawn out process that constantly highlighted the weakness of our candidates and burned out even die-hard political junkies who were overloaded to the point of wishing it would all just go away. Candidates rose and fell on the strength of their last debate performance, and voters were left confused as to the suitability of any of the candidates to meet a measure of illusory conservative perfectness ginned up by the progressive liberal media mandarins.
In 2008, Mitt Romney was not a suitable Republican nominee and the Republican establishment chose John McCain for some reason that still remains a mystery for pretty much all conservatives. His stupendous flame out to upstart progressive liberal Barack Obama lends credence to conspiracy theories revolving around Republican complicity in Obama’s election as president. Suddenly, in 2012 it’s Romney’s turn to be blessed by the Republican establishment as the party standard bearer to face a weaker Obama diminished by his disastrous performance in office presiding over a failing economy, massive deficit spending, inflated energy and food prices, and loss of American prestige and power around the world. Make no mistake, many of the Republicans running in 2012 were much better candidates than Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney is certainly better than what we have witnessed over the last three years.
Conservatives roundly rejected Romney because they didn’t trust a man who as governor of a liberal northeastern state implemented a state takeover of health care which was later used by the Obama Administration as the blueprint for their widely hated national health care takeover known euphemistically as Obamacare. Romney famously refused to concede that his plan, known as Romneycare, had any flaws and insisted that it was the right thing for Massachusetts, individual mandate and all. As the campaign progressed, Romney softened his tone toward Obamacare, dropping insistence that it be repealed in favor of tweaking it to better accommodate perceived health care problems.
The only health care crisis in America is the one manufactured by progressive liberals who wish to have the government absorb health care as a massive new entitlement with which they can purchase votes to remain in power. This “crisis” has even been mislabeled as a “health care” crisis when it’s really a health insurance crisis. Government intervention in the health care market through Medicare and Medicaid, and through mandated coverage of out-of-the-mainstream things such as mental health and contraception has distorted the market to the point that consumers can hardly afford insurance outside employer-sponsored group coverage plans. Affordable plans are out there, but a complicit media has ingrained into Americans that insurance coverage is just out of their reach.
When pressed during the debates, Romney couldn’t articulate conservative convictions and came across as a candidate willing to say anything to get elected. His conservatism is manufactured and comes across that way. Romney was roundly rejected in the South where people tend to be much more conservative. This is troubling for a Republican candidate who needs to paint a clear picture of the differences between a conservative vision of America leading to prosperity and liberty, and a progressive liberal vision of America leading to impoverishment and totalitarian control.
John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in a move that singlehandedly rejuvenated his campaign among conservatives truly excited by Palin’s plainspoken conservatism. Palin’s presence on the ticket was arguably the single reason McCain fared as well as he did. Romney must wisely choose a running mate that allays doubts among voters about his conservative gravitas. The other Republican candidates have been beaten down too much by the long campaign slog to be credible choices, and voters are weary of seeing them. Romney must look to conservative rising stars such as Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Given his performance in the South, Romney would be wise to look there for a candidate, but he must defy conventional wisdom and refuse someone like Bobby Jindal who, although highly touted by some in the party, nevertheless has considerable baggage in the form of weak performance at home. Besides, much of America remembers Jindal’s poor performance giving the Republican rebuttal to Obama’s first State of the Union address. It’s never a good idea to choose someone who starts from a position of negative perception.
Barack Obama’s destructive agenda of progressive liberal socialism has been a monumental disaster for America and qualifies him as the absolutely worst president in American history. Other presidents were bad because they lacked support or just weren’t able to grasp the political currents of the day or just didn’t have a clue what to do, but Obama is bad because he has set about to intentionally destroy the capitalist system, weaken America abroad, and restrict liberty at home. Mitt Romney is not the ideal conservative, but compared to Barack Obama, he appears to be a rock of conservatism.