The Electoral Landscape in 2012 – Conclusion

The Dominoes Fall

Will the Obama campaign succeed in achieving its strategic objectives and win in November? It will depend entirely on Mitt Romney, who must likewise achieve three objectives if he is to prevail: (1) choose a stalwartly conservative running mate and campaign fearlessly as Reagan Conservatives; (2) embrace the Tea Party movement and unify the Republican base; (4) take the campaign to Obama’s doorstep, ignore the race card and literally get in his face.

In the humble opinion of this writer, this election is not Obama’s to win, but Romney’s to lose; despite today’s augury (Rush Limbaugh steadfastly insists that Obama is not just beatable but “landslidable”), this day is not election day in November. A lot can and will happen between now and then to make Barack Obama seem infinitely more electable and Mitt Romney seem infinitely more unelectable than either are today.

By way of example, consider Newt Gringrich: a scant two or three weeks ago he was the bloated political incarnation of Jack Dawson on the prow of RMS Titanic, proclaiming to the Atlantic Ocean that he was king of the world. Today he’s trailing far behind Der Mittmeister, thanks to a hailstorm of millions’ of dollars worth of attack ads courtesy of Super PACs loyal to Romney. Now just imagine the degree and kind of damage that nearly a billion dollar war chest plus the full throated, balls-to-the-wall support of the Drive-By Media plus boots on the ground in the form of the unions and the OWS Movement will be capable of wreaking between the time Romney becomes the official standard-bearer and November 6.

Does this mean that Romney is doomed to go down in defeat? Not at all. In fact, if he skilfully and boldly plays the hand he’s been dealt, I believe that Mitt Romney will defeat Obama handily. Here’s what needs to be done:

(1) Choose a stalwartly conservative running mate. And I don’t mean Chris Christie, who has become a buffoon. A buffoon? Yes. Have you seen his off-the-cuff remarks about bringing it to Iowa “New Jersey style?” Congrats to Governor Zeppelin: he’s become a new cast member of Jersey Shore…the very epitome of tastelessness he once condemned.

Besides, Christie is a fellow Northeastern Moderate who, like Romney, masquerades as a Conservative. And, truth be told, he’s waaaaay too fat to waddle for national office in this day and age.

If Romney wants to win this, his running mate won’t be drafted from any state north of the Mason-Dixon line. If he’s smart, he’ll anticipate that Obama will swap out Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton and tap Nikki Haley – the Governor of South Carolina. She is young, extremely attractive, articulate and possesses impressive conservative credentials. She says he’s not interested in the VP slot, but then they all say that. Failing that, Romney’s fall-back ought to be Florida Senator Marco Rubio – despite the fact that Rubio is ineligible for the office because he is not a natural-born citizen. Then again, neither is Obama, so it won’t be a campaign issue. Then again, it’s entirely possible that Mittens will jump the political shark and summon Dr. Condoleeza Rice. True, the Conservative base would have to snap their necks back to swallow this choice, but you have to admit that her presence on the ticket would totally f*ck up Team Obama’s race card and gender gambit.

(2) Campaign fearlessly as Reagan Conservatives. Here is where the pedal hits the metal and the rubber meets the road. If he is to have any hope of victory, Romney must recite whole passages from the Book of Reagan and sound like he means it – and his running mate must do the same. He must be fearless and audacious and ready to proudly defend the role of Conservatism in fostering liberty and prosperity.

Romney and his running mate would do well to repeatedly reference the glory days of Ronaldus Magnus, whose administration presided over the single longest period of peacetime economic expansion in this nation’s history.

(3) Embrace the Tea Party movement. Clueless pundits mistake a Tea Party movement that is laying low and preparing for a protracted campaign with a movement that has lost its steam and become moribund. A closer examination of Tea Party groups around the nation says otherwise: they are busy vetting state and local candidates. Once the primaries have concluded, expect them to come out in full force, starting on April 15.

Romney knows fully well that the Tea Party movement constitutes the “shock troop” contingent of the Republican Party base. They stand ready to serve as his boots on the ground – but only if he makes it clear that he stands strong with them.  If he distances himself from them, they will distance themselves from him.

(4) Unify the Republican base. Nevermind reaching across the aisle to Democrats: Romney had better concentrate on unifying his own party.

(5) Ignore the race card and literally get in his face. This is not the time to go wobbly.

Blah blah blah.

I started writing this article on January 7. Since then, I’ve come to realize that I’ve done nothing but repeat myself (as well as parrot the daily analyses and opinions of Limbaugh and Levin) over and over again. Insofar as I’m not making a penny for all the sweat and tears I’ve poured into my political musings, I’m weary of this exercise and have long since let go of the piss and vinegar.

Here’s the bottom line: Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Thanks to Newt Gingrich, he will enter the race badly damaged, with a Gordon Gekko mask stuck to his face. If he fights like hell and channels Ronald Reagan, he will win. If he keeps the gloves on and fights like John McCain, he will lose to Barack Hussein Obama. If that happens, November 6, 2012 will mark the day this republic officially died.

Sometime this week I’ll share with you what I believe will happen over the next ten months. In the meantime, here’s a hint: starting today, buy as many firearms and as much ammo as you can and hide both in a secure and very secret location.

You’ll need them when the dominoes fall:

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