Republicans, ALL of us need to quit bitchin' and start thinking about this November! We simply can't have another four years of Barack Obama. As much as I suspect Mitt Romney, I would rather take my chances with him than endure four more years of Barack Obama.
Romney was not my first, second or even third choice. There are many things wrong with him. Starting with his current state of residence. Some friends of mine who reside in Boston just returned from China. When I asked them "what it was like to visit a Communist country?" They replied grimly, "Massachusetts is more Communist that China!"
That's disquieting but not altogether surprising!
Romney actually won the Governors mansion in the Bay State. He advocated gun control. He was pro-choice and seemed willing to make deals and compromises with Democrats. In retrospect, his defense stood on the basis that the Massachusetts legislature was made of of 85% Democrats.
A more clear look at Governor Romney's past would indicate that he is a "William Weld type" Republican. He also drew much of his ideology from former presidential candidate, Paul Tsongas. Tsongas, a Democrat described himself as a "pro-business liberal." Weld endorsed Bill Clinton in the 1996 Presidential election.
This is not reassuring to most Republicans. But to Independents and more moderate Democrats it is very reassuring. It scares Barack Obama's camp. Attempting to paint Romney as a "moderate, willing to gain bi-partisan support," isn't going to lose a lot of ground with uncommited voters!
The bad news for Mitt Romney is conservatives don't like him and generally don't trust him. BUT, conservatives have no place to go! Supporting Obama isn't an option. What are the alternatives? Staying at home? Gary Johnson?
This is the Republicans election to lose. Obama is not polling well. A large number of Independents are done with him and look to give Romney the reins. Obama's only chance is to play a class warfare campaign, dividing America on racial and ethnic lines. His back-up plan is to cheat. And, hope that conservatives are so steeped in ideology that they will not turn out.
We'll address cheating first. The logical place to begin is Florida. Look at the attention Governor Scott has drawn from Eric Holder as of late! The votes will be tabulated in Spain. Rumor has it that George Soros is a secret owner of the contracting company. Scary! BUT, if Romney is smart enough to put Marco Rubio on the ticket, Florida will be off the board for Democrats. The only thing that Mitt must endure will be the "birther spite" that will come from far right Tea Party types who are hung up on the obscure 1875 SCOTUS case!
Assuming he takes Rubio, Obama's only chance will be to split Ohio and Virgina. That's assuming that he doesn't lose Wisconsin or Colorado! Romney should win the remaining Southern states and all of the plains states. I think that if Rubio is on the ticket, Navada and maybe even New Mexico will return to the "red" column.
Gaining a split with Ohio and Virgina should be difficult for Obama. Odds are he'll lose both and with it the presidency. Thats why it's imperative for Repblicans to win Florida. The danger is overconfidence. Dems know that it's the key to the entire election. We must anticipate anything and everything, fair or unfair, legal or illegal.
Most importantly Republicans must realize that Mitt Romney is a disciplined party member. He will likely not carry his home state. He'll remember that, too! Too bad for Massachusetts. But good for the health of the Republican party. It's highly predictable that Romney will stay true to the platform, appoint conservative or moderately conservatives to court positions. And, run the nation like a business. True, I would much rather see a "supply sider" than a "Kenseyian."
But, for better or worse, Mitt Romney is not a Communist.
I also think that he might be a closet "Federalist." That could yield some distinct advantages. We must hold him to his "tax cut" proposal. Simply allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, blaming it on Democrats, isn't good enough! We need to press the issue and I think that we will. We must also follow up on Rubio's objective to "allow insurance companies to cross state lines." This will naturally lower the cost of health insurance. This coupled with Texas' "loser pays" tort reform will return health insurance costs to reasonable levels.
Don't expect Romney to fight either initiative! He did what he did in Massachusetts because he was dealing with perhaps the most liberal of American states. Is he a "trimmer?" Yes, but this very notion could work to conservatives' advantage. The key will be to maintain control of the House and retake the Senate.
Perhaps the greatest advantage to having Romney in the White House versus Obama relates to the Energy sector. Oil and Gas and Coal producers should benefit. And with that will be the natural creation of jobs. Good paying jobs with benefits! Romney should be rather predictable here. He has always been "pro-business." ANWAR, the Green River Basin and other key areas will be given a chance to develop under his watch.