A war is now breaking out in the conservative movement. What is the question causing the conflict? Do conservatives need to embrace Mitt Romney? Some conservatives are insisting that we must. Those conservatives are critical of their conservative brothers and sisters who dare say a negative word about Romney. Some conservatives continue to attack Romney and some are even openly calling for a brokered convention.
Is it time to learn to love Mitt or do we conservatives need to do something else?
It is very simple. Conservatives cannot embrace or endorse Mitt Romney. He is not one of us and we cannot claim him as one of us.
The RINO wing of the party goes into hysterical fits when we say something like that. Even some conservatives start screaming that we are hurting Romney’s chances or that somehow anyone who says something negative about Romney is rooting for Obama.
First, let’s start with the indisputable. Romney is a liberal. In 1994, he ran to the left of Ted Kennedy when he was running for the Senate. In 2002, in a video that still circulates on YouTube, he called himself a “progressive.” He governed Massachusetts as a liberal. Had Romney been a Democrat, even by Democrat standards he would have been very liberal.
The conservative objection to Romney is not mere provincialism. It is not merely us saying he is not one of us; therefore we will not play with him. It is not us saying our candidates did not win so we are taking our toys and going home.
If we embrace Romney and Romney wins, his default is going to be to govern as a liberal. If we get Tea Party Senators elected, such as Ted Cruz in Texas and Sarah Steelman in Missouri, along with more Tea Party Congressmen (and keeping the many good ones we have like Jeff Landry and Sandy Adams), it might moderate Romney a bit.
We know this. If Romney wins the White House and continues the big government policies of Obama or just your generic big government Republican policies, we are not going to see a significant recovery. If we do not see conservative policies enacted, namely major spending cuts to government programs and tax cuts to stimulate the economy, America will limp along for the next four years. America will not recover from the Great Obama Depression and move back into economic growth and prosperity. Romney’s failure to enact conservative policy will be like the first Great Depression, where Roosevelt’s policies made the Depression much longer.
Meanwhile, the liberal media is already hitting the message that Romney is a conservative and a part of the conservative movement. Some on the left are even saying he is part of the Tea Party movement.
If we embrace him, we help sell that message.
In 2016, if Romney is running for reelection, the message will be conservatism does not work. When we talk about the success of conservative ideas, we point towards Ronald Reagan and to a limited extent George W. Bush. The left wants to destroy the message that conservatism works and a failed liberal Romney Presidency would help them do that.
In 2016, if Romney wins and fails to move the economy forward, the left will call him proof that conservative ideas do not work. Unfortunately with a majority of Americans not being politically active and getting much of their information from the drive by media, millions will buy into that untrue story.
Imagine who the Democrats will try to elect in 2016? Imagine someone as far to the left as Barack Obama (or even further) but who is competent?
One far left socialist has almost destroyed America. Romney will not save us and a second far left socialist in 2016 would totally destroy this nation.
When Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980, his legacy became the destruction of liberalism. The only successful Democratic candidate for President was Bill Clinton who ran as not a liberal but a centrist. It took the Democrats almost 30 years to be able to put an avowed liberal back in the White House. If we embrace liberal Mitt Romney as a conservative, we may never see another conservative in the White House.
Romney won the primaries, not because he was a conservative or because he was a great candidate. He won the nomination because he had more money than any (or perhaps all) of the other candidates.
Romney has not yet won the nomination. Some people, mostly Ron Paul supporters are trying to gum up the works. More power to them!
Some Republicans are already having buyer’s remorse. While the chances of a convention revolt are slim, the Republican delegates need to pay attention to what Romney did this past week. A brokered convention is in the best interest of the Republican Party. Bringing out a new candidate, any candidate not named Bush would be better for the Party than Mitt Romney.
After finally having conservatives united behind him, thanks to John Roberts’ insane Obamacare tax decision, in less than a week, Mitt Romney has managed to blow conservative support. We were ready to get into the fight for Romney and now through his own stupidity, he has taken the wind out of our and his sails.
Romney is not a conservative. We cannot call him one, nor can we embrace him. We may have to vote for him this fall because anyone is better than Obama; but he is not one of us.
Should Romney win, conservatives will have to be prepared to be at war with the White House almost as much as we are now.
To be honest, I'm very suspicious of anyone suggesting a brokered convention at this point in time because this would split the conservatives big time and we WOULD lose this election for sure. A brokered convention at this time of the game is simply not feasible----liberals would love for us to divide and have a brokered convention!! ROMNEY 2012!!!
Kathy how much do you know about Romney? What is it that makes you think you would want him as our next POTUS?
Time is short. We do not have time to obtain another candidate.
Let us get rid of the opposition:
Sarah Palin said she does not want to run for President, besides Romney is talking to her about being his VP.
I totally agree a Brokered convention would be best for the country, a Gallup poll just this week showed Obama is leading Romney, and that Republicans are already regretting Romney as the nominee, our only chance at getting a true conservative is through brokered convention, ROMNEY DOES NOT HAVE THE NOMINATION LOCKED, there is a lawsuit against the RNC for intimidation and coercion against the delegates, I am not a Ron Paul supporter but I will say the delegates that brought this lawsuit should be commended for standing up for their rights. when Nov. 6 rolls around I personally will be leaving the Republican Party and many just like me will also be leaving, The RNC, The establishment and the followers of this un-american practice of trying to guilt and shame people into voting with them, is driving REAL CONSERVATIVES away from the party. The same Alinsky Tactics are used from the Democrats and the followers of Marxism.
All Republicans accusing others of giving their own individual votes to Obama for not Following the propaganda and the dirty tactics of the republicans themselves are responsible for the implosion of the party. You are driving many of us away.
Time is too short to get a new candidate. The only answer is to get behind Romney.
do you understand how a Brokered Convention works Debrajoe? Time is not to short.
We will vote for this man without a doubt but as far as following with a blind eye, it aint going to happen. We know our leadership is defunct on both side and it just so happens we will have to bring the repubs along for the ride because Americans understand they have nearly lost this great nation but will ot allow it to fall. Romney may be a one term prez as well as Obama but in four years we may be forced to vote for a 3rd party but that is far away. They must all be kept in check for sure for they have expanded their authority past the limits of the Constitution and a slap down will come often from here on out. God Bless the Tea party and anything for our common good should be evaluated amongst Patriots. It will be a long time before I will be able to trust anything they say in Washington.
It took America 100 years to reach this level of socialism, therefore we cannot jump from what we are to the Founders' ideas of liberty in one foul swoop. It MUST be incremental, and while Romney is not 100% conservative, we cannot get from Point A to Point Z without going through B-Y. It CANNOT happen except through a revolution, then we'll have the left rioting in the streets. While I love what Ron Paul supports (with a few exceptions) I must choose Romney as Step 1 in slowing the Progressive machine...THAT is the key, we must SLOW IT TO A STOP before we can start the Freedom Machine's implementation into the system. While Romney MIGHT take us down the same path as Obama, he might be met with a bit more resistance...which will slow things down. Obama's 2nd Term will equate to a complete destruction of America as we know it.
Your right we cannot go from one extreme to the founders Ideas, but we can recognize why we are where we are, and understand that by following God's word and wisdom as the founders did is the only pathway back. We must vote our own faith, I know most people believe in God, but do they follow his word? It is no time to veer away from him it is time to embrace what we as individuals know to be right.
The support you deny Mitt Romney will strengthen Barack Obama. This is politics! Do everything you can to elect Mitt. Do everything you can to elect Senators and Representatives who will abide by their oath of office. Do everything you can to elect state and county officials who will abide by their oaths of office. Do everything you can to inform and educate them. We are facing a national crisis. The middle of a crisis is not the time to pick up your tools and go chasing windmills.