Mitt Romney can be described as many things. Perhaps the best description of Romney is to call him the anti-Reagan. Calling him the anti-Reagan is accurate in more ways than one.
Romney, if nominated, will be the most liberal Republican ever nominated to be the Republican candidate for President. But his strategy has been the opposite of Ronald Reagan’s.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan was the lone conservative running against a field of establishment hacks. The moderate field was crowded and while Reagan was clearly favored because of his strong primary run in 1976, the moderate vote was split several ways. By the time George H.W. Bush became the last man standing against Reagan, it was too late.
Ronald Reagan fundamentally changed the Republican Party. He put conservatives in charge of the party and even today; if you want to be a Republican you must at least claim to be conservative. While Romney was as far to the left as Obama when he was governor of Massachusetts, given the way he talks you would think he channeled Reagan every night he was governor.
This year, Romney has been the anti Reagan. He was the lone establishment “moderate” in the field. No, Jon Huntsman does not count. He faced a field of real conservatives, not just faux conservatives like him. There was Bachmann and Cain and there still is Gingrich, Perry and for the most part, Santorum.
The conservative vote remains split. Romney still has trouble getting more than a quarter of the vote. Unfortunately the conservative vote remains split, while Romney simply pursues the “last man standing” strategy.
Some conservative candidates are staying in the race, even past the point where they can have any hope of winning. Some of Rick Perry’s supporters are now even accusing Rick Santorum of staying in the race to be the stalking horse for Romney.
The damage done by a Romney nomination cannot be understated. If Romney wins the nomination or even the Presidency, the Reagan revolution will be officially dead and gone. If Romney wins, conservatives will have no control of the party and America will officially have two left of center parties instead of a liberal party and a conservative party.
If Romney wins, based on what he did as governor of Massachusetts, we would get eighty to ninety percent of what we would get in a second Obama term. If the Supreme Court does not kill Obamacare, Romney will not. He might tinker with it a little but Obamacare will remain. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he promised he would not raise taxes yet raised them repeatedly. Often those tax hikes were on businesses.
Romney is a disaster. As a candidate, he is very much the anti-Reagan. While Reagan was affable and genuine, Romney is so stiff that he makes Al Gore look like the life of the party. Where Reagan was a natural politician, Romney is a disaster. He lost to Ted Kennedy in a Republican blow out year. He did not run for a second term as Massachusetts governor because he would have lost. Four years ago, he lost to John McCain.
Ronald Reagan was a Democrat for much of his life before he left the party. He famously said, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party, the Party left me. For us conservatives, we may be reaching that point where we look at a Romney Republican Party and say; this is no longer the Party of Reagan.
In 2008, the Republican Establishment gave us John McCain. Now, in 2012, they are trying to shove Mitt Romney down our collective throat. It would appear that the Republican Party is now leaving us.
If that happens, it may be time for us to leave them.
Robert: Rick Santorum.
Sorry joenigma, Santorum is for unions and more child tax credits, picking winners and losers in the business world (no taxes for manufactures but just reduced taxes for retailers). We need someone who will return power to the states, not someone who will tax us more just to make it profitable to have more children.
I wanted Cain, but I didn't get him, did I? If I get Newt, I'll support him. I'll support the Republican nominee no matter who he is, he'll at least be a lot more likely to pass bills coming from a Republican House and Senate. Now can you do the same if you don't get Newt?
His name is ROMNEY
Speaking of Paul, here's a pretty amazing YouTube clip of about 20 predictions he made on the floor of the House in 2002 that my son sent. I was only able to find 4 of his predictions that had not come to pass, and I believe at least 3 of those 4 will come true in the near future. I was shocked at how accurate he was from 10 years out.
And I agree, joe. I would even vote for Paul.
Speaking of Cain, he will be in Carolina Thursday. He said that he won't endorse anyone. His reasoning was something to the effect that he didn't want to disappoint anyone. Even Huntsman has endorsed as he has stepped out of the race (of course--it is Romney). I know that Cain doesn't want to hurt his new "Revolution Solution", but if he could give his support to Gingrich and help in anyway for the sake of this country, I think he should.
the only reason Cain would support Newt is because he's another serial adulterer.
John, I feel the same way. Any of the Republicans would be better that obama. I have seen several post's that said if Romney were the nominee, they just would not vote. I have really been surprised at some in particular. There is no doubt what will happen with another 4 years of obama; our country will be completely destroyed. I'm not going to cut off my nose to spite my face.
Constitution Party 2016 with a viable candidate.
The problem is will we have a constitution by 2016 if Obama get back in .Everyday he is pushing his agenda thru the back door over looking our constitution and our elected leaders are not stopping him. They should bring him up on charges for breaking our laws and putting his own thru.
I agree, Catherine. With 0 we are a post Constitution nation. We are on the precipice of financial ruin and neither party seems to care about that. If Romney wins, I will do a write in for Santorum or Newt and hope that makes a difference. So IF we survive the next 5 yrs I will support the Constitution Party in 2016.
Norman, I love the idea of a "Constitution Party" for 2016. Or perhaps we could turn the "Tea Party" into a viable political party. However, if you write in someone you are wasting your vote and after 4 more years of Odumbo, there may not be an election in 2016! In the general election, if Romney is the nominee, the comparison is between a liberal and a radical socialist/communist. Which would YOU rather have as POTUS.