Monday, March 19, 2012

It’s the GOP Alternative; Stupid…

I am seeing more and more articles on how Romney can’t close the deal because he is not “conservative enough.” I am not so sure that Mitt will not govern as a conservative because if we look back at my favorite President, Ronald Reagan, the same argument could be made about him. I think Romney will govern conservatively because this election will result in an even more conservative congress who will hold his feet to the fire.

The reason Mitt stays at the head of the GOP primary fight is the lack of a viable alternative. The more people see Santorum and Newt, the more they dislike them as a choice against Obama. Don’t get me wrong, most conservative voters will vote for “anybody but Obama” so no matter who gets the nod, they will win the conservative vote. But the alternative to Romney is extremely weak. That is the problem and that is why there is so much talk about a brokered convention.

The problem with a brokered convention is the likelihood it will piss off the Tea Party and Republicans that are done with a GOP establishment that has ruined the Republican Party. If at the convention a “new” candidate is introduced and not vetted properly we could end up with 4 more years of Obama. If God forbid they put up a Jeb Bush for example, I will vote for a third party alternative. I will never vote for another Bush. Not because I don’t like them but more on the lines of we have plenty of other people that would make better candidates and I hate political “Dynasties.”

So it is back to the alternative to Romney? There really is little alternative for the GOP primary voter to choose besides Mitt. I for one am not as worried as many of my fellow conservatives that Mitt will govern on the right. Mitt will be the nominee and it is in our best interest to get behind him and hold him accountable to conservative Reagan principles…

2 comments:

Trish said...

The problem with a brokered convention is the likelihood it will piss off the Tea Party and Republicans that are done with a GOP establishment that has ruined the Republican Party. If at the convention a “new” candidate is introduced and not vetted properly we could end up with 4 more years of Obama. If God forbid they put up a Jeb Bush for example, I will vote for a third party alternative. I will never vote for another Bush. Not because I don’t like them but more on the lines of we have plenty of other people that would make better candidates and I hate political “Dynasties.”


This statement troubles me. My first choice is definitely not Romney and I wouldn't want Jeb Bush either. But come Novemeber I will rally behind the Republican nominee, whoever that may be, and they will ABSOLUTELY get my vote. Rich, this election is not the time to make a statement by voting third party. It is way too important to the future of this country to throw away your vote and re-elect Obama.
Trish

Rich said...

Trish: I understand your point but if the alternative is to support a republican candidate that is decided by a small group of elitest republicans we have another sort of tyranny. We have lost our ability to govern ourselves. We will then need a revolution against the process and begin an official "Tea Party." At some point we may have to reject both parties and start over. I don't see a brokered convention at this point and there is no need for it. The candidates that are in the process fighting right now deserve to get a shot. Disregarding the efforts of these four individuals for a brokered convention by elites is not an option in my opinion. I understand your concern about another term for this president. I can't even imagine but all things happen for a purpose and we will see that purpose at some point in the future. Very interesting times...