Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee, barring a miracle of biblical proportions. The folks in the Newt campaign don’t like that but as Herman Cain said, “the numbers don’t lie.”
The question is what happens next.
Conservatives do not trust Romney. Why should we? He has taken at least two positions on every issue except for his name, where he took three.
We need a conservative VP and we need a conservative Republican platform that Romney must embrace.
How do we do this?
After all, Romney picks his VP and has a lot of control over what the platform will be.
Not so fast.
That has been the recent tradition but that is not what the rules say.
The Rules of the Republican Convention say that the delegates pick the Vice Presidential nominee and then they pick the platform.
What does this mean?
I was in a room today with some of the top conservative grass roots activists in the nation. We were discussing the future and what we would have to do to save this nation. With one exception, we agreed we do not trust Romney.
Romney’s record is that of a big government statist. He claims he is a conservative but the problem is Romney has all of the credibility of a used car salesman who used to be a member of Congress.
So what do we do?
If Romney is Romney, he is gong to pick another liberal as his VP candidate. At best, he will choose a milquetoast moderate. We must put a real conservative on the ticket whether he likes it or not.
Some really sharp political operators, some of whom I know have put together a website called secondballot.org.
They are organizing to remind people that the GOP does not have to rubber stamp what Romney does or even wants.
Romney is the worst possible candidate that the GOP could have picked. If Romney did not have the huge war chest that he had amassed, he would have never won. He was simply able to outspend the conservatives in the race until they were gone.
But Romney is not going to excite the base. He isn’t even going to motivate the base. We conservatives need to jump in to do something because we must defeat Barack Obama this fall.
We also have to think of the future. If we have a conservative VP nominee, there are three possibilities. Romney loses; the VP becomes the front-runner for 2016. If Romney wins, he becomes the heir apparent for 2020 and if Romney wins and for some reason does not complete his term, the VP becomes President.
This is why we must have a conservative VP nominee and why we must have a conservative platform. We must have a platform that actually advocates a conservative agenda to be accomplished.
If you are a conservative and you are not willing to give up, check out secondballot.org. Let’s remind the Republican establishment that we the people still own this party and this nation.
Thank you Sue. My feeling is that the Tea Party may have been infiltrated with a lot of GOP or Romney fans...We must stay strong! I know the delegate count id NOT for Romney!!
I wonder if a lot of Democrats are voting for Romney,,,, and we are falling for it!?
All of these people who will not vote unless their candidate is the nominee amaze me. I too am unhappy with the apparent winner of the Republican nomination and I too would be more energized with a good conservative VP but not even an armed militant in front of the poles is going to stop me from casting my vote against Barack Obama. I cannot understand why anyone would think we can fix this problem that took 100 years to create in one 4 year election cycle and I cannot imagine sitting at home because I don't like the candidate. Anyone who would sit at home because they think Romney is as bad as Obama, really does not understand the dire situation this country is in. We need an administration that likes America not one that is trying to destroy it.
As to who we support for the VP nomination, I have a question. Is it true or is it not true that Rubio's parents became citizens after he was born? I like Marco Rubio BUT if it is true he is not eligible. We either support the Constitution or we do not. The reason we are in this mess is because people are too wishy washy about supporting the founding documents. They only want to support them when it is convenient. If the Constitution is not the Supreme Law of the Land then there is no law.
It IS true, Marco is NOT eligible.
I deleted his account yesterday, and thought the posts would be deleted automatically. Anyway, it's done now. Thanks for your support Philip!
Mega dittos J.P.,
Thanks for all your great articles / commentary and for steering us conservatives unwilling to give up to secondballot.org.
Our personal ethics will not allow us to vote for Mitt Romney because we do not believe the ends justifies the means, just as bad behavior does not justify worse behavior. But a true blue conservative V.P. could make it more palatable / something to consider.
Judson: I'm happy to see that you are raising the spirits of the Tea Party members and not blathering your usual doom and gloom scenarios.
Jeff: I take it you draw a distiction between being nice and being truthful.
For the record, no one has ever accused me of being diplomatic or a liar.
Being wrong, yes.
It's time to start!
Fortunateson: I will pray that God blesses you with the talent of brevity.
Unfortunately brevity is what has gotten our great Republic in the trouble it's in today. Brevity of involvement. For decades we have neglected our Duty of being vigilant over the corruption of our government.
We all need to be as, if not more, involved in everything our government does.