If we just try a Moderate, Inoffensive Candidate one more time…
A few days ago, John Hindraker at Powerline posted a piece titled “Delusional,” (Which has apparently been pulled from their main-page) talking to all Republicans who were backing Newt Gingrich. Now Scott Johnson joins the party with “AFSCME’s Neutron Bomb” and essentially tries to put Gingrich into the same camp with a justifiably disliked union organization.
I prefer Hindraker’s title, as it well-describes anyone who thinks Romney is any less “weak” against Obama than Gingrich is. Seriously guys, haven’t we done this dance enough times before? Bob Dole? John McCain? These are the sorts of candidates you have foisted upon us in the past, at the insistence of folks like you who have told us we need an inoffensive moderate who is “electable.” Trouble is they never really are.
I don’t dislike Romney, and in fact believe he would do a pretty good job as president, but he has to get elected first, and therein lays the rub. Christian conservatives are already starting to pull out their anti-Mormon knives, (which while deplorable, is nevertheless a reality…) and Mitt has never been able to stop defending Romneycare, which is a monstrously huge problem going into an election where its nationwide step-child, Obamacare, is a major issue. Add to that his apparent inability to defend himself, and we have an alarmingly weak candidate.
Seriously guys, give it a rest. We’ve tried it your way, more than once. It hasn’t worked out. I don’t at all mind if you want to continue to talk-up Romney, in fact I think what we should be doing at this stage is concentrating on the positive aspects of the remaining candidates. But please stop trying to sabotage the others. One of the remaining three mainstream candidates, and most probably either Newt or Mitt will be the nominee, and it will be easier for all of us to get behind whoever that candidate is if folks on our own side stop with silly talk about how “unelectable” they are. And if that’s not enough of a reason, you should probably consider that it’s self-diminishing as well.
Remember, John McCain.