We're seeing a number of commenters and a diarist or two insisting they won't violate their principles and cast a vote for serial womanizer Newt Gingrich.
I wasn't real happy with the idea of Newt being President when he announced, for a whole variety of reasons, though his personal relationship issues were pretty far down on the list. But we're where we are today, and the reality of the situation is that we don't have a solid conservative left in the pack. At some point last year, I was really hopeful that Mitch Daniels would run. He's got the best record of any sitting governor (Perry included, IMO) in terms of conservative accomplishment. He was panned as a "trucer" on these pages and declared, on the basis of this "affront" to SoCons, to be personna non grata in the contest. He chose to not to run for reasons more likely related to his wife, and he's out. I defaulted to Perry and would have been tickled to see him inaugurated. He's gone.
So, we're down to Newt, Romney and Santorum. I don't count Paul because he's not a Republican and is in the contest only because the Republican Leadership in the House didn't have the balls to toss him out of the Caucus years ago. So, what do we do? It looks right now that it's coming down to Newt and Romney, Santorum will finish a distant third or perhaps fourth in South Carolina and I doubt he'll have momentum, money or ground troops to contest Florida. Personally, I say good riddance, we don't need another big-government former Senator. Newt seems to have the big Mo right now, and while that certainly could change, he's got a decent shot at what was unthinkable, he could be our nominee. There will not be a brokered convention.
So, my question for SoCon's is simple. What are you going to do if Newt is the nominee?? And to add some flavor to the broth, note this from Associated Press today:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many church-affiliated institutions will have to cover free birth control for employees, the Obama administration announced Friday in an election-year move that outraged religious groups, fueling a national debate about the reach of government.
In a concession, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said nonprofit institutions such as church-affiliated hospitals, colleges and social service agencies will have one additional year to comply with the requirement, issued in regulations under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Got that? Free birth control. Take my word for it, abortion coverage is only eleven months away.
Now then, if Newt is the nominee, are his personal relationship problems more important than what we all know the Obama Administration will do for their friends at Planned Parenthood. What will you do? Vote in protest for Obama? Stand on your principles and stay home or vote for a third party or write in? Or vote for Newt?