“I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals.” — Mitt Romney, in a nutshell
Sometimes it is the most unexpected of moments that can turn the tide and reveal a man’s true character what we all suspected he is. This seemingly unnoticeable slip that was caused by a well prepared attack by Rick Perry is an advertising nuclear bomb waiting to be detonated on the Romney campaign. Mitt Romney is like Barack Obama in a way. Just an ambitious politician willing to say anything whose sole purpose is to get to the top of the political Mount Everest of American government. If something threatens that while they are running for office, this must be covered up as soon as possible. One has to think “Well, so it is okay to employ illegals in private business when he’s not running for office?” This is a two-pronged dagger which will not sit well with conservative voters and the Hispanic vote though each for different reasons.
If Rick Perry doesn’t win the nomination, at the very least he’ll spend his war chest making sure Mitt Romney doesn’t win the nomination
Up until last night, every candidate had their crosshairs on Rick Perry. It wasn’t disheartening that they were attacking Perry, it was disheartening to conservatives yet pleasing to the GOP establishment kingmakers that they were focusing on the wrong target. Take out Romney first by training your guns on him and then let the rest of the conservatives duke it out for the nomination, much to the chagrin of the establishment. Granted, Perry has been awful in the debates. Last night he was noticeably better. An interesting possibility is emerging from last night’s debate.
Rick Perry and Mitt Romney will likely slug it out during the GOP nomination. It has been suggested, and rightfully so, that Mitt Romney benefits from having as many conservative candidates duking it out to keep the most powerful bloc in the GOP fractured. Rick Perry’s chances of getting back to the top are very, very slim. However, win or lose, he could wind up being a hero for conservatives because he has the means to drain Romney’s support with his massive cash to slam Romney with attack ads. This would let the men with the short stacks being Herman Cain or Newt Gingrich get the nomination if Perry is unsuccessful.
When a solid majority of Americans blame the government, not Wall Street, for our country’s woes, then the candidate who is anti-government by not being corrupted by having political office would seem to be the most attractive and best candidate. Given these political factors, things are pointing toward the GOP nomination of Herman Cain for President of the United States. I wouldn’t be unhappy about that at all. Just some polishing up on his foreign policy chops, a little more discretion in his statements, and we have a great candidate with a great story. He just needs to catch fire from a fundraising standpoint.
I’m still having a hard time reconciling how Perry let himself get sucked into talking about immigration rather than focusing on the main issue of this election: Jobs, the economy and government spending. This is Perry’s wheelhouse given his record in Texas. To say he has been a disappointment is an understatement.
In closing, I don’t want to settle for whoever seems to be the most electable, can reach across the aisle, and skim independent and fiscal Democrat votes. This worked well for George W. Bush until conservatives wised up to it in 2006. That was tried with John McCain in 2008 and he got slaughtered in part because a substantial portion of GOP voters stayed home. We will need all the voters on the right for this fight in 2012. We’ll do that by nominating a conservative candidate, not a career politician who will say anything to get elected.