When I left for my evening walk, we were all waiting for the outcome of the Florida primary with varying degrees of bated breath.
I, for one, had a VERY low degree of bated breath.
I’m looking at two very flawed candidates taking the biggest axe-swipes at one another they possibly can. Romney won Florida primarily because – due to his millions in super pac money – he had a bigger axe.
Romney’s super pacs outspent Gingrich’s by more than 4-1. And while 82% of Gingrich’s pac ads were negative compared to 12% positive, fully 100% of Romney’s pac ads were negative. Gingrich, on the other hand, is viscerally angry about Mitt Romney lying about him while he lies about the guy whose lies he’s complaining about.
In my own blogging, I have to deal with a version of this dilemma: to be mean or not to be mean, that is the question.
Having watched Democrats be vile for, well, for my entire lifetime, I’ve come to the conclusion that you can either join them or get beat by them. If your enemy fire bombs your cities and shells your troops with poison gas, you either fire bomb their cities and use poison gas on their troops, or you surrender and hope that the people who practice total war on you won’t put make the slave yokes too tight around your necks.
Here’s where I’m going with that: I routinely have pointed out incredibly hateful things that Democrats have said about Republicans. But in every single occasion, my issue wasn’t about “Democrats being hateful”; it was rather about “hypocritical Democrats who demonize Republicans as being hateful are themselves incredibly hateful.” I don’t expect Democrats to do anything OTHER than practice hate; it’s simply who they are at their demagogic and hypocritical cores. Which is to say that I’m not attacking Democrats for their hate, but rather for their abject hypocrisy.
Both Gingrich and Romney are hypocrites, in that both – in their own words and in the words of their ads – routinely attack the other for his lies even while he himself is lying about the opponent whose lies he is attacking. And I don’t care for that entrenched hypocrisy one bit.
Obama – the man both men are hoping to face – is the grand master of ALL hypocrites, of course. This is a guy who has routinely deceitfully portrayed himself as “transcending” the political language of anger and blame while he himself has done more of both than ANY president who has ever “occupied” the White House.
Then there’s the “I’m the true conservative and my opponent is a moderate/liberal” thing.
Hey, Newt and Mitt: YOU BOTH HAVE ALL KINDS OF BETRAYAL OF CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES TO ANSWER FOR.
Mitt Romney clearly had an incredibly liberal “Republican” record as governor of Massachusetts that Gingrich can attack. The problem for Gingrich is that he actually ENDORSED the worst of that record (RomneyCare), took over a million dollars from the detestable liberal creation a.k.a. Fannie Mae, sat on a love seat couch with Nancy Pelosi in mutual agreement about global warming, demonized free market enterprise with Bain Capital, and that sort of thing.
Neither one of these guys is a true conservative looking back; and the only question is which one would be more conservative if they actually got into the White House.
Now, it comes down to this for me: who is truly more likely to defeat Obama if he gets the Republican nomination. And the answer is: I have absolutely no idea.
The Republican establishment and the mainstream media are agreed that Mitt Romney is the guy with the best chance of beating Obama. But guess what? I don’t particularly trust the former and I actively despise the latter.
I DO know that the night that Ronald Reagan defeated George H.W. Bush to clinch the Republican nomination, the Carter campaign team toasted champagne. Because Bush then was “the man most likely to defeat Carter” and Reagan was “the man who would lose in a landslide.” And of course history reveals that Reagan took that champagne bottle and shoved it right up …. Well, you get the idea.
That said, I also know a couple of contradictory things: I know, for example, that winning a campaign largely means raising massive money. Romney beat Gingrich in Florida largely because he was able to outspend Gingrich by a 4-1 margin. And of course what will be the margin of Obama who is going to be able to extort a billion dollars from his crony capitalist and union special interests? Wouldn’t the same Gingrich who is bitterly complaining about Mitt Romney attacking him with a blitzkrieg of negative ads be complaining about Barack Obama attacking him with a blitzkrieg of negative ads?
And I also know that Mitt Romney has all of the charisma and excitement of the proverbial pitcher of warm spit, and Newt Gingrich is a guy who is capable of both fiery debate and oratory and the simple ability to fire up passion.
Which is more likely to win in November? I don’t know. I wish I could have seen a candidate who was capable of both.
So here I am, watching the Republican primary process unravel like sheer torture. And I have absolutely no idea who to root for.
To continue, from my perspective, what I am watching is the worst possible scenario that the Republican nomination could have degenerated into.
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin have both publicly gone on the record as saying all of this is just wonderful and they hope the chainsaw fight will go one and on and on for as long as possible.
They might be right and I wrong, given the fact that both are far more politically accomplished than I’ll ever be. But I cannot understand how.
I hate to introduce conspiracy theories, but it occurs to me that Rush Limbaugh’s ratings go UP when Democrats win. And nothing would be better for Limbaugh’s career than Obama getting re-elected. It is far easier to rip on a guy from the other party running things than it is to have to defend your guy’s policies. As for Sarah Palin, she’s not running this year, but she might well run next time: and she sure would rather run against Obama’s cataclysmically failed record in 2016 than have to potentially wait until 2020 for her own shot at the title.
I hope I’m not right about their motivations, because I genuinely respect both Limbaugh and Palin. But it remains a simple fact that the best thing that could happen for either of them professionally would be an Obama victory.
If one candidate could emerge, a few things would happen (all of them good, IMHO): 1) we could finally get to the case against Obama rather than the case against Romney or the case against Gingrich; 2) the Republican nominee could actually raise money for the war against Obama’s billion dollars rather than raising money to attack the other Republican(s) in the primary fight; 3) the attacks by Romney against Gingrich or Gingrich against Romney that Obama will be able to replay in his own hatefest would at least be lessened if the mud wrestling match ended now.
One last thing: I haven’t got involved in the slug fest (and I mean “slug” as much in the sense of “slimy crawling insect” as “punch-throwing”) because I genuinely believe in Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment that Republicans shouldn’t attack each other the way we’re seeing. But I have watched other conservative blog sites such as Free Republic squander their credibility by (in the example of Free Republic) first picking Sarah Palin and viscerally attacking anybody who wasn’t Sarah Palin – including Newt Gingrich – and then picking Newt Gingrich and viscerally attacking Mitt Romney. And my question is what will that site be worth to conservatives if Mitt Romney wins?
I am angry at the terrible Obama regime that has actually been WORSE than the terrible presidency I feared. And I write with that sense of anger at what Obama has done to my country. But one thing I can tell you about me is that I don’t WANT to be angry. I WANT OBAMA OUT OF OFFICE and I want to see our country governed by policies that would at least forestall the collapse that Obama’s ruinous regime set into motion. But I am convinced that there are conservatives who truly hate Obama and who feel empowered by that hatred and anger [liberals had the same unhinged hatred for Bush, fwiw]. And my question is are these conservatives unconsciously setting up Obama for victory so they can go on hating him.
For my own part, I plan to be done with political blogging one way or another after November. If Obama wins, America truly deserves what it is going to get. Jeremiah Wright – Obama’s reverend and spiritual advisor for over twenty years – prophetically said, “No, no, no! Not God bless America! God DAMN America!” And “God damn America” was what the American people voted for in 2008. If they want more God damn America, I’m washing my hands. Jeremiah 11:14 says: “Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.” And that would be exactly where America would fall (And I DO mean “America will fall”). On the other hand, if Romney or Gingrich wins, I simply can’t see myself enthusiastically defending their administrations against the onslaught of the newest version of liberal “Bush derangement syndrome.”
Bottom line: one way or another, I’m going to lay my political hatchet down and start writing as an evangelical Christian trying to warn as many as will listen about the soon-coming last days. Because one way or another, the beast of Revelation is coming. And if Obama wins, his coming will be hastened all the more.
Don’t think for a second that I won’t drag myself off of my deathbed (hopefully it won’t come to that!) to vote for the Republican nominee, be it Romney or Gingrich or Santorum or ???. But as I watch the primary drag out, I’m shaking my head with disgust rather than nodding it in enthusiasm.