Republicans, at least some of them are now having Mitt-mania since it appears now that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. They are now gloating over Romney as the next great conservative savior.
Haven’t we been down this road before?
Actually, we have.
In 2010, Scott Brown ran to replace Ted Kennedy in the Senate. He was the 41st vote that would break the Democrats’ super majority in the Senate. The Tea Party gathered around Brown and when he won, euphoria swept conservatism.
Some people immediately compared him to Reagan and “Scott Brown for President” graphics appeared on FaceBook. Some of us who had been around the political block before were not nearly as excited.
We knew what we were getting.
Today, Scott Brown is a reliable crossover vote, who often sells conservatives out in the Senate. As he runs for reelection, he is gathering almost no Tea Party support. While conservatives would prefer him to Elizabeth Warren, we are not falling all over ourselves to help him like we did two years ago.
The same is true for Mitt Romney.
Some of those who are suffering from Mitt-mania have been trying to compare Romney to Reagan, noting that Reagan governed a liberal state too.
The difference is, Ronald Reagan had a conservative track record before he became governor. Mitt Romney’s record was that of a liberal.
With Mitt Romney, we will not have taxes cut, nor will we have spending cut. The next four years will be the status quo. If he gets the chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice, think someone along the lines of David Souter instead of Clarence Thomas.
If the Supreme Court does not strike down Obamacare, he will make the same effort John Boehner has made to repeal it. Namely, none.
As bad as Romney is, Obama is worse. Most conservatives, including myself subscribe to the ABO theory. Anybody but Obama.
This fall, if Romney is in fact the nominee, I will go into the voting booth with a nose clamp, a large bottle of Mylanta, and probably a barf bag and vote for Romney.
Voting for Romney is truly the lesser of two evils. Instead of good things happening, all we can say is they will be less bad under Romney.
The only good news is if we can get some good conservatives in the House and Senate, they can moderate Romney.
But let’s make no mistake about what we are getting. We are getting a Massachusetts liberal. This is how he acted before he was governor. This is how he acted when he was governor. This is how he acted after he left the Governor’s office.
He is better than Obama and this is the year of ABO: Anybody but Obama.
Judson, I'm running 'way ahead of you..... You say: "
This fall, if Romney is in fact the nominee, I will go into the voting booth with a nose clamp, a large bottle of Mylanta, and probably a barf bag and vote for Romney."
Well, I already have a nose clamp, a large bottle of Mylanta and a barf bag, which I will be using if I have to continue reading your diatribes against Mitt Romney! I don't argue your points ~~ you MAY be right ~~ Mitt MAY be another Scott Brown! But, are we better served by Brown sitting in the US Senate than his Kennedy-endorsed opponent? My answer is YES! And, we as Americans, patriots, conservatives, independents and members of the Tea Party, will be FAR BETTER SERVED by Mitt Romney sitting in the oval office than the Soros-endorsed incumbent!
Please gargle and get the bitter-taste of Newt's inglorious failure to capture the GOP nomination out of your mouth and use your bully-pulpit to support Romney and rid our nation of the political pox known as Obamaism!
Incidentally, my nose-clamp, Mylanta and barf-bag are left over from the last election, when, as an Arizonian, I had to vote TWICE for John McCain!!! Once for president, once for his reelection to the US Senate! Believe me, I am far more willing to vote for Romney than I was for McCain!!!
Well I'll Tell ya What Pilgrim! This guy ain't votin' for Elizabeth Warren another book worm from Harvard Law School that's for Damn sure! We gotta enough them runnin' Wild in my State. Shoot!
Judson - I guess what bothers me the most is we're doing a repeat of 2008 and with just as weak a candidate only thing he has one up on McCain(bigger warchest.) It seems like we're signing up for 8 years of crap and that's a long haul considering the State of Our Union.
Judson, with all due respect! - please consider that if we proceed as you suggest you will, we cannot possibly build the momentum needed for strong conservative Congressional backup!
I subscribe to advice I believe I heard is from Reagan's best financial advisor Milton Friedman - something about it not being our getting the best candidate, but making the candidate we've got see his own best option is pleasing us!
I see this most likely if we all hit the streets for Romney, meanwhile advising him and our best House and Senate candidates what we expect to get for the effort.
I see you being a really big help in this endeavor. What do you think about this?
Thank you C Brooks, finally someone who realizes what we are fighting against as do Tommy, William, Betty James, Roy and others that realize what needs to be done. Stop complaining and start working not only for Romney but for those who are running for the Senate and House. Get the old guys out and get some new blood in there that will fight for what we want. Sitting back and complaining is doing us no good. Thanks for you comments, it gives me hope.
Do you really think Romney is going to have coattails? If so, coattails for who? People like Richard Lugar?
Well Judson if you are talking to me then you are talking to the wrong person. I don't go around with a long face and complain, I get out and work and getting people in office. There are plenty of people who will be running for office not only this year but in the next 2 years. You can either go with Romney and whoever he picks for a running mate or you can complain and pout and tell all the negatives about him you think he has. I think he will surprise you and I will be the first to let you know if and when he does.
So this site can get back to being positive why don't you start talking about people that are running for Senate and the House. At least that would help keep this from continuing being a negative site.
Thanks for all who have posted positive, that is what we need now to save this Country
Mickie that is why I do the series conservatives you need to know about. I have done about half a dozen of them so far.
Judson, I apologize on that one because I have not seen it. Do you mean you put it on this forum or do you have another one?
I don't mean to be critical but am just tired of the bashing day after day. It is time to work together because when it comes down to it, we either will have a country or we won't have a country.
It is that important!
Romney was 'chosen' by the RNC last summer (I heard it through the grapevine). That, along with his inability to consistantly stand with conservatism, bothers me.
I see Newt as a glory-grabber, like obama, but in a more fiercely national way, rather than the 'global' mindset we now are suffering under.
I'm not happy with anything the RNC is sending us...and the 'candidates' we have had the honor of choosing between remind me of a bunch of monkeys in a zoo, picking up their own poop and throwing it at each other, while we watch and hope none gets on us.
I will vote ABO, but not happily.
Thanks Mickie - and Judson, why not expect positive coattails if we conservatives promote Romney's 'old fashioned' conservative family and financial values? We lose if we bow to Obama's phoney hypocritical war on the 'elite rich,' women, self reliance, ad infinitum.
The best way we can show the GOP who's boss and win is to take the offense - there is nothing more usefully conservative than going to bat for American success stories, and I think it's our job to emphasize what we can see of Romney's family and financial success. That is what I see best promoting real conservative candidates for other offices.
I can see you have your reasons for doubting Romney's ability to deliver what we want - but - what the heck - what have we got to lose by going for our most hopeful outcome full blast - except another election?