Erick Hits the Nail on its Head
I love pithiness, and I think you will find none better than this paragraph by Erick Erickson over at Red State:
The Republican Party is putting itself in the hands of the economy. With Mitt Romney as the nominee, we will be forced to hope for a deteriorating economy because, while I will vote for him and think he is vastly better than Barack Obama, the fact is he has made no case for himself against Barack Obama except that he can do a better job on the economy. And let’s be clear — no Republican should hope or appear to be hoping for a deteriorating economy. It’s just that with no other justification for his election other than electability based on the ability to fix the economy, if the economy fixes itself, suddenly there is no justification for Mitt Romney’s electability.
Erick is Right. After months of voraciously eating our own, this is where we are headed. This should be a great year for us. Against all expectations after his strong win in 2008, Obama is a very weak and unpopular president, and a very vulnerable candidate. Certainly no incumbent president has been so readily beatable since Jimmy Carter, and Obama may be even more vulnerable that he was. Yet despite this, the establishment wing of the Republican Party has steadily argued us into the proposition that the only “electable” candidate is Romney, a candidate who himself is unable to articulate a single reason why we should vote for him. In a year when we should be running on our ideas and our principles, a year when the incumbent is the personification of why our ideas and principles are superior, the establishment insists we must run another retread of Bob Dole and John McCain.