Take note, South Carolina. We know that Mitt Romney has been on all sides of basically every issue, but the broader concern here is: are conservatives tired of stressing about and being duped by northeastern so-called Republicans and their mostly liberal voting records--leading to political survival in Democrat states. But, seriously, is anyone else tired of this? And again, I ask, why is a government-run healthcare lover a GOP frontrunner? Name recognition, gaining independent voters, and anyone but Obama, I get that, but come on already. Romney? From Jonah Goldberg:
Romney, the son of a politician, has been running for office, holding office or thinking about running for office for more than two decades. "Just level with the American people," Gingrich growled. "You've been running … at least since the 1990s."
For some reason, Romney can't do that. Or at least it seems like he can't. His authentic inauthenticity problem isn't going away. And it's sapping enthusiasm from the rank and file.
Goldberg is right, but the underlying theme that voters need to be reminded of is that during so many important debates fromhealthcare, jobs, Wall Street Reform, confirmations, recess appointments, to taxes the culprits to invoke cloture or side with the Democrats typically are the same: Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Scott Brown--the trifecta of RINOs. All from the northeast, too. See where I'm going with this?
Frankly, Romney, who the mainstream liberal media would like to see win the nomination, has yet to unite the GOP base. His used car salesman pitch simply rubs people the wrong way. We've seen this over and over again--even John McCain pointed this out and won in 2007's primary--and now supports him--that should speak volumes to my point. Romney has always been dogged by this and this is why we have such a large 'Not Romney' camp on the right side of the aisle.
The GOP is also paying the bitter price for not having anyone in line to succeed GW Bush. The party's internal tug of war will be an historical teachable moment and prepare the party for future elections. The one saving grace is that, while the Democrats have Hillary, they have no one to succeed her at this point in time. I say Hillary because she seems to be the only power broker left untarnished by Obama--even though she is an Alinsky kinda girl.
Additionally, the GOP presidential candidate will have a two-pronged mission as the nominee: to beat the MSM and Obama. However, enlightened voters now know for sure the media is mostly state-controlled, Obama was never vetted, and that his radical leftist ideology drives his policies, appointments, and regulations out of the mainstream.
Furthermore, the MSM needs Romney to offset Obama. The formula is quite simple: RomneyCare is to ObamaCare as Obama's rhetoric is to Romney's rhetoric all of which cancel each other out according to how the media sees it.
I'm not buying the media hype over who can beat Obama. The primary is the primary and the game changes in the general. Voters are more inclined to vote with their wallets. We have gas prices averaging at almost $4 per gallon across the country, skyrocketing food prices, record foreclosures, record number of people on food stamps, high unemployment, ObamaCare, crippling regulations, and much more. So if the MSM thinks that the historic 2010 midterm GOP wave was a whim, think again. The Right accomplished its key mission of splitting the Congress so that Obama's agenda could not be rammed through anymore. Would we have liked the Senate, sure, but in 2012, the job will be finished. My point is that who do we really want in the Oval Office? A northeastern Republican who disavows the GOP or not. We already have someone who does not have the consent of the governed. Are we really going to take that risk again?
Finally, Romney has always touted RomneyCare as a great model for all the states to implement, but the reality is, the only person who implemented RomneyCare was Obama and now we have ObamaCare. No thanks.
Crossposted at HotAir's Green Room