The Republican establishment, the drive by media and even Fox News is falling all over itself, congratulating Mitt Romney as being the winner of the Republican nomination. Romney has won Iowa and he won his home state of New Hampshire.
Winning those two states does not mean Romney has won the nomination. But it does help him a lot. The conservative vote remains shattered and splintered.
Conservatives must unite to stop Romney in South Carolina. If conservatives fail to stop Romney in South Carolina, it will be all over.
How do we stop him? First we need to consolidate behind one candidate. The conservative vote is simple too fragmented. At least one candidate needs to go and that candidate is Rick Santorum.
Santorum made a huge mistake after Iowa. He should not have fought Romney in Romney’s home state. Yes, I know Romney is from Massachusetts but New Hampshire is his de facto home state.
Santorum has blown his momentum and by extension dried up his cash with a bad finish in New Hampshire. Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich are both well funded in South Carolina. At this point all Santorum will do is pull votes away from either Gingrich or Perry.
If Romney wins South Carolina by any significant margin, the money will dry up for both Gingrich and Perry and their campaigns will come to an end.
If that happens, we conservatives are going to have a tough choice to make. Do we support a liberal Republican or do we just sit this one out?
There is no doubt a second Obama term would be a total disaster. We will see continued massive unemployment. America will no longer be a super power. We will see $10 a gallon gas and the middle class will be mostly destroyed. We will also face the real possibility that Obama will get more Supreme Court nominees, though it remains to be seen if those openings would change the ideological balance of the court.
But would we get much better from a Romney administration?
Romney gives these nice conservative speeches, like he did last night in New Hampshire. But his track record is solidly liberal.
In Massachusetts, he raised taxes, spent money like a Democrat, gave us the prototype for Obamacare, enacted cap and trade and acted as the chief salesman for the welfare state.
So what do we conservatives do? If Romney wins, he will break the back of the conservative movement. The GOP will be a moderate party, not a center right or even conservative party.
We have seen this disaster play out before. Conservatives split their votes and we ended up with Bob Dole in 1996, George W. Bush in 2000 and John McCain in 2008. We have to ask ourselves how has all of that worked out for us?
John Locke warned about the “good prince.” A good prince is more dangerous than an evil prince because people are more willing to surrender their rights to a good prince and less likely to stand up to a good prince than an evil prince.
For we conservatives, if Romney wins, we have a tough choice. Which will be worse, having a liberal Republican nominee who might lose, but even if he wins, is not going to be a conservative in office or do we look at a second Obama term?
Of course, there is still my personal choice, which is let’s beat Romney and get a conservative nominee.
We must unite in South Carolina and make sure Romney is defeated and a conservative wins.
Sorry, Judson. Can't go with you on this one. Rick Santorum (and I am actively involved in his Florida campaign) is nowhere near washed up; far from it. Santorum will do very well in SC and in Florida. I know having other candidates drop out makes it a whole lot easier for your guy Newt (even Ron Paul is saying all the other candidates should just drop out except for himself and Romney...NO THANKS), but that in and of itself is NO reason for any other candidate to drop out. We are in only the very beginning of a what should be a good primary process. In my experience, the people who want the primaries to be "over" after only the first few states, long before most Americans get the opportunity to vote their preferences, do not have our country's best interests at heart. The primary process is and should remain a thorough vetting process, with the majority of Americans having the opportunity to participate in that process, with more than two candidates to choose from. Personally, I don't mind Rick Santorum being on the ballot with whomever. I am not worried about who drops out or who does not drop out. Santorum is the best candidate overall, and will rise to the top.
You don't have to agree with me but if we keep splitting the conservative vote Romney is going to win this.
I hear ya, Judson, but Romney has a long way to go before this thing is over, and he is going to have a very rough slog here in the South. Down here we don't play nicely with people who think Jesus and Satan are brothers!
I like what Rush Limbaugh just said about splitting the vote--
I agree that conservatives are splitting their votes, making it more likely that Romney will win. The logical thing to do is for the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes to drop out. This eliminates Rick Perry, not Santorum. Another way to do it is for any candidate who has not finished in the top three of any caucus or primary vote to drop out. This eliminates both Perry and Gingrich.
Gingrich is polling in second in S.C. RealClearPolitics ...
Romney 23 percent
Gingrich 21 percent
Santorum 14 percent
Paul 13 percent
Huntsman 7 percent
Perry 5 percent
Now who should drop out?
In my reading, I have seen where it appears that Romney and Huntsman are a bit of kin. Small community among the "elites" within "The Church of Latter Day Saints" (Mormans).
I don't believe Mitt can win in the south. I hear what you are saying and agree. This infighting has gone on long enough, it's time to unite and put an end to this mockery of our constitution. GOD BLESS AMERICA
Santorum is not a true Conservative; his fiscal track record reaks of liberal big government. Rick is a social conservative and lacks the punch the GOP needs to get Obama out of office. No way I give money or support a man who pretends to be small gov't.
Have you read the florida election laws.
Have you found the loophole in qualifying Obama. There will be no Primary. DEMS Submit Obama Name but no primary.
99.021 Form of candidate oath.—
2. Each candidate for federal office,....be substantially in the following form: .....
State of Florida County of __
Before me, an officer authorized to administer oaths, personally appeared
(please print name as you wish it to appear on the ballot) , to me well known, who, being sworn, says that he or she is a candidate for the office of__; that he or she is qualified under the Constitution and laws of the United States to hold the office to which he or she desires to be nominated or elected; that he or she has qualified for no other public office in the state, the term of which office or any part thereof runs concurrent with that of the office he or she seeks; and that he or she will support the Constitution of the United States.
(Signature of candidate)
Sworn to and subscribed before me this __ day of __,
(year) , at __ County, Florida.
and the escape clause that FLorida Has Honored themselves with:
(3) This section does not apply to a person who seeks to qualify for election pursuant to ss. 103.021 and
103.101 Presidential preference primary.—
Oops: There will be no Presidential Primary for Democrats since only Obama's Name on the Ballot.
(103.101 does not apply - They have to default back to 99.021 2. And submit an Oath.
The Oath will be a perjured document.
A crime will be committed in Florida election by either not providing the Oath - Violating Election Laws; or by Providing an Oath from Obama which will be false anyway with a few more ciminal penalties. Including breach of setting oath of office for the Presidency.
But what is new.
Anyway, help stop Obama before he gets on the ballot.
Thank you, Billy, I will surely look in to that.
I hate to break it to you, but Santorum doesn't like the Tea Party movement, I saw a video of him stating his disdain.
I am still undecided since all of them have some baggage, but I will vote for whomever gets the GOP nomination just to make sure Obama is a one-term President.