There is a question hanging in the air these days over the conservative movement: Must we possibly end up “settling for” a Republican presidential candidate like Mitt Romney?
And the answer is: We simply may have no choice.
Let’s consider the facts not as we would like them to be but as they are.
We have a far-left president in Obama. This president has done enormous damage to our nation in less than three years in office. If Obama is re-elected the nation will be destroyed. Therefore we must insure that he does not serve a second term.
The trend is with us who want to see Obama gone. He is suffering in the polls. The public is very upset with the direction of the nation. And so we need a good, consistent candidate who will beat him. And Romney is Mr. Consistent, like him or not.
But Obama is going to have a lot of money and a compliant media behind him. They will use every trick in the book to get him re-elected including massive voter fraud.
We conservatives, on the other hand, may very well have to rally around Romney as our nominee because we do not control the primaries; the voters do. And like it or not, we may well end up with a Hobson’s choice; go with Romney or suffer the consequences.
Of course this whole argument may be moot because Newt Gingrich now is rising. But each candidate has risen and fallen. And Romney remains at the top. Mr. Consistent.
To understand the dimensions of this dilemma, conservatives must see our movement in the long term. The Tea Party movement started on April 15, 2009 as the seedlings of a new crusade to re-take America from the jaws of the Democrat left.
Socialism has slowly consumed America over a period of 100 years. Socialism is like the battering ocean tides – it erodes our foundations every single day without letup. And now we must undo it in 20 years. And we can. Not all of it. But we can make significant headway. Because we are aware of the ruinous nature of socialism like never before. And more Americans are too.
The first step is to undo ObamaCare. And consider that for the first time in American history that we are talking about actually repealing a massive government program, not increasing it every year. This is not just a step in the right direction. It is a leap. A big leap.
That in itself is progress. That shows that we are finally winning. And Romney is promising to undo ObamaCare even without full legislative repeal, which will take several years, but through an executive order granting ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states on Day One of a Romney administration.
Imagine how awesome that would be. The beginning of the end.
So even with Romney, we conservatives would get a start on what we want. Romney also is talking about major reforms to entitlements and big cuts in the federal work force through attrition. Good.
And he is not insulting us to our faces every day as McCain has done repeatedly throughout his career.
What is important is for us conservatives to remember that socialism insinuated itself into our society slowly and gradually, and that we must be patient in undoing it. Biblically patient. “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:3-4)
Obama has far overstepped his bounds and a majority of Americans knows it. We, therefore, must build on this perception. And Obama will bring down many Democrats with him. This is a good thing.
Now look at the successes on our side just since Obama was elected – the 2010 Tea Party landslide; reformer Chris Christie winning the governorship in liberal New Jersey; Scott Brown winning the ‘Ted Kennedy seat’ in Massachusetts; NY-9 going to a conservative Republican for the first time in 90 years; a big shift to the right in Virginia; and five crucial electoral states – New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio - going from Democrat governors to Republican.
So we are winning big victories. And although they are not all perfect – for instance Brown is a RINO in many ways - we must patiently build on them. In fact we should be giddy. But overconfidence is a bad thing and it is not in our character anyway. So we must move forth with steadfast certainty. Day by day. And accept expected setbacks as in “two steps forward, one step back…”
Yet many conservatives now are focused on Romney and are upset. This is completely understandable. I don’t care for Romney. But we must not take our upset to the ballot box. Because if Romney indeed is the nominee – and again, this is not certain - and, say, Christian conservatives stay home on election day because of his Mormonism, or small-government conservatives reject him over RomneyCare in Massachusetts, we may end up with four more years of Obama. And the nation will not survive.
This is not to say that we must belly up to the bar with Establishment Republicans. No, that is not going to happen. For instance in Indiana and Nebraska, good conservatives like Richard Mourdock and Don Stenberg respectively are strongly challenging for the US Senate. Mourdock is even seeking to take out longtime RINO Richard Lugar in the primary. Awesome.
And in Virginia the wonderful Jamie Radtke is challenging Establishment Republican George Allen for the US Senate nomination. So indeed, conservatism is on the march.
But the presidential race is not a congressional district or a Senate seat. There are only a limited number of candidates in the GOP presidential race, there now appear to be two or three who could potentially win the nomination. And Romney appears to be moving toward the nomination for a variety of reasons, one being that this is his second try. And he has excellent debating skills and has not tripped up and become enmeshed in controversy. This is a result of experience.
So if indeed we get Romney we conservatives indeed are going to have to “settle for” a candidate who is not exactly to our liking. But that is a small price to pay for the big victory of re-taking the White House from an extremist like Obama and ridding ourselves of the massive corruption in his administration.
And I believe that with conservative support that Romney can win handily. After all, a recent Gallup poll said that there are twice as many conservatives as liberals in America.
Thus the message for conservatives must be: We must pull together and consider the longer-range goals that we have for our movement, rather than seeing Romney only negatively. Because Romney indeed is talking like a good conservative on many fronts.
Romney is far from perfect. But you can go here for a recent Romney interview on the Sean Hannity radio show, which was encouraging (the interview is more than a half-hour).
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