April 16, 2012 2 Comments
Good afternoon, gentle reader….
I know I haven’t posted a new blog in a couple of weeks, but my personal life has been busy as of late. Fear not, for I have not abandoned my column.
Let us also face the fact that nothing earth shattering really happened last week, save Rick Santorum bowing out of the GOP race to challenge President Barack Obama come November. Yes, he was getting trounced in the polls by Romney, but that is not why he quit. Many people would have liked to believe that he kowtowed to Romney because of his concern for daughter Bella’s health. The truth is that Santorum just couldn’t keep up with the financial juggernaut that is the Mitt Romney campaign. In a press conference shortly after he announced the suspension of his campaign, Santorum admitted that he was getting in to a financial campaign debt that he was uncomfortable with going forward. Honestly…who didn’t see that coming a mile away? For better or for worse, Romney has been able to outspend his rivals by financial leaps and bounds. None of the candidates could ever have hoped to raise the capital to wage a campaign like Romney can. The only reason Newt Gingrich and…what’s his name…oh, Congressman Ron Paul…the only reason those two are still campaigning (and I use that term “campaigning” very loosely) is because they both suffer from that political malady that I wrote about a while back called hubris giganticus. Their egos won’t let them quit until they absolutely, positively have to because they are stone cold broke or their staffs quit. Polling be damned: it is not about popularity for Gingrich or Paul. For them, it is about finishing a job in the face of overwhelming odds and, I might add, extremely underwhelming popularity.
It is up to the GOP to rally behind Mitt Romney. With all the talk about him not being a ”true conservative,” I am not yet convinced that will happen. Remember what happened in 2008 to Senator John McCain? He is a good man and a fine example of a leader, but he was perceived as being too “in the middle” for the growing conservative insurgency that eventually morphed in to the formation of the tea party.
On a side note, I refuse to use capital letters in the name “tea party.” They are not a political party, nor should they be treated as such. If they were a true political party, they would have, at minimum, put forth one candidate to represent them. Even though the race is now between Mitt Romney and President Obama, they still have not endorsed anybody and will most likely never officially endorse Mitt Romney. Their disorganization mirrors that of the GOP and it is hurting them all in their quest to regain control of the Senate, let alone the White House.
But, I digress…
The “true conservatives” in 2008 did not like McCain, so he was marginalized within his own party and did not get the support he needed to carry on a good and balanced campaign. When that happened, he was doomed to lose the election to Barack Obama. I fear that Mitt Romney is headed down the same path. Mark my words: if Romney does not start getting the support he needs from within his own party, the election in November will be a landslide victory for Obama the likes of which this nation has not seen since Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale in 1984 by a record Electoral College margin not since surpassed.