Florida has selected Mitt Romney, Conservatism is under Attack
February 1, 2012 4 Comments
By a more than decisive margin, we have seen Mitt Romney run away with the Florida primary. Now it’s no secret that I haven’t exactly been thrilled with Romney and that doesn’t change after tonight either.
Simply put – I think he’ll be the full and complete undoing of conservatism as we know it.
I have more than offered arguments for why Romney is not qualified to be president. The only thing he really has to tout is his private sector experience, which he has a right to be proud of. No true conservative resents his own personal success. What I find remarkable, however, is what follows with his personal record as a politician. It is far from impressive.
In 1994, Mitt Romney ran against Ted Kennedy in the Senate as a liberal, progressive, anti-Reagan republican and lost. He’s also strongly emphasized in the past that as a moderate he would never approve of things like Contract for America, which was instrumental in the republican take back of the legislature during the Clinton era.
For the first time in over two years, the generic congressional ballot polling is in favor of the democrats according to a Rasmussen poll. This is remarkable and once again is evidence of the lost momentum that the conservative moment has seen in recent days. Plain and simply put moderates destroy the movement. How do you think 2008 came about? Not only did we have people upset with the poor performance of President Bush in the closing years of his presidency, but we had the worst senile moderate you could ever run in that election. These kind of things drain enthusiasm out of movements. You can argue that president Obama is very beatable and that is true. How does a Rockefeller republican stack up to the hundreds of millions set to be poured out in Obama campaign ads?
No matter how you spin it, Romney will not able to fully answer for what he did in Massachusetts. Romney-care is an exact example of what is wrong with many of our politicians today. Thanks to Rick Santorum for proving that point last week.
Another thing that we exposed from Mitt Romney was how willing he was to take “unilateral power” in his state to help streamline supposed government waste. It sounded remarkably and eerily similar to something Barack Obama wants to do as president. The amazing thing is the fact that no one had called Romney out on it at any point following the comments he had made in the New Hampshire debate. Use of extra-constitutional authority like that in any context should rightly alarm conservatives, but apparently it’s just not one of those things that is convincing enough for people to catch on to.
While I hope I’m wrong in this prediction, I personally believe Mitt Romney’s nomination is a lose-lose scenario.
Scenario one- Romney loses to Obama in the general election. Obama has 4 more years to run rampant and without fear of needing to seek re-election. The economy progressively gets worse and America fundamentally changes.
Scenario two- Romney pulls off the win, but in all likelihood does not have the courage to see the repeal of Obamacare all the way through. The popularity of his presidency then from a whole host of non-repaired issues significantly dropped, and the republican party sees a huge hit from it as a result, with a likely repeat of 2008 in 2016.
Prove me wrong ladies and gentlemen- but I believe that this election and the success of the conservative movement hinges on a Santorum miracle.