Yesterday afternoon, I was listening to Ben Ferguson, our local afternoon Conservative Talk-show host. You may have seen Ben on the cable news networks, where he appears as a Conservative pundit or listened to his nationally syndicated radio program on Sunday nights.
Ben was discussing Rick Santorum’s dropping out of the Republican primary. Ben, who has leaned toward supporting Romney during the primary, told how Mitt had visited Memphis twice so far during his campaign, both times, meeting with the local movers and shaker, while ignoring the GOP rank and file.
Will he pay attention to the conservative base now that Santorum is out of the picture? Or will he continue to ignore them – the presumption being that they will have no choice but to vote for him in November?
A recent Gallup poll shows Romney with 42% ballot support among Republican voters.
Ummm…shouldn’t that be higher? That means that 58 % of Republicans don’t support him.
Outside of the party, now that it’s basically Romney vs. Obama, realclearpolitics.com shows Romney losing to Obama 48.5% to 43.2%, a difference of 5.3%.
Those of you who are inclined to reach for your pocketbooks to send Romney a little sumpin’ sumpin’, hold on.
Foster Friess, the retired investor who spent nearly $1.7 million boosting Rick Santorum’s presidential run, is ready to help Mitt Romney.
“I’m obviously going to be of help in whatever way I can,” Friess told POLITICO Tuesday afternoon, hours after Santorum suspended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, cementing Romney’s status as the party’s presumptive nominee.
Friess, who was in Washington to accept an award from the Horatio Alger Association, said he had yet to discuss his planned shift in allegiance with Romney’s campaign campaign or the Washington-based super PAC supporting it.
“I’ve got some plans as to how I might be able to be of help,” said Friess. “The bottom line is, I’m going to be very supportive and I’ll probably have plans to share with you a little later on.”
So, fellow Conservatives, just sit back and watch as the rest of the GOP movers and shakers line up to grease Mitt’s already money-lined palm.
As Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday,
There are no more excuses now. Well, there are. That’s why I guess I want to know what the excuses are gonna be if this doesn’t go the way they have it planned. If this doesn’t pan out to big-time electoral victory the way the establishment has it figured, then what will their excuse be? And I think I know. I think that if this campaign goes on and if it results in Obama winning, I think what the establishment is going to do is blame us. They’re gonna blame us conservatives for once again being too rigid and too demanding and too narrow and unrealistic and all this, and telling us that we’re the reason that Obama won.
“If we’d-a just got behind it,” and so forth… Which, of course, will be bogus.
…I will just say this: If the Republican establishment is not careful, they are going to destroy themselves in the process of this campaign. If they screw this up… We’ve never had a better chance to win than this. If they screw this up, folks…
The problem, Rush, is…they will. The tone-deaf squishes of the GOP Establishment always do.
The last time they got it right was during a campaign that really came about through circumstances which they had nothing to do with: the Reagan Revolution.
Through the 1970s, the United States struggled through a terrible recession and government became much more involved in Americans’ lives. Additionally, America showed significant weakness globally, as the Soviet Union flexed its muscles and smaller nations began to lose both fear and respect for the United States. It was clear the country needed a change.
Ronald Reagan was the right man for the job and was elected in a landslide. He swiftly changed the course of the nation, lowering taxes and reducing regulations to stimulate the economy and standing up for America’s principles and beliefs around the world. In addition to his changes to foreign and domestic policy, Reagan was an “American Exceptionalist”, meaning that he understood that there was something special and different about America that set it apart from all other nations. During his time in office, Reagan reduced the intrusive role of the government and helped the nation re-discover its greatness, power and economic growth.
So, why are we now witnessing a Republican campaign featuring a flip-floppin’ moderate who has spent the last 6 years bragging about his own state-run healthcare system?
Why isn’t the Republican Party presenting a Reagan Conservative to run against the socialist in the White House?
Because Sarah Palin refused to run, that’s why. And who can blame her?
The GOP Power Brokers have been on a mission for years to rid the party of Reagan conservatives. There is no way in blazes they would have supported her of their own volition. They would have had to have been forced to do so by a populist groundswell, much like the original Reagan Revolution. That is why they have done their best to neuter the Tea Party movement.
Like many Conservatives, it now looks like I will be forced to hold my nose and vote for Romney in November, because electing a flip-floppin’ northeastern moderate snob to the presidency is preferable to the Alinskyite anti-American socialist we have as one now.
However, we conservative Americans never should have allowed ourselves to be ignored by the Party we led to victory in the Midterms.