The GOP Elite Wants the Primary Over With…NOW!

The new message from the Republican Establishment is that a long primary battle is not in the best interests of the party.  Well…duh.  But, it is in the best interest of the American people…especially the conservative ones.

Politico.com has the story:

Republican strategist Karl Rove argued Monday that the long GOP nomination process has switched from an asset to a burden for the party, calling recent weeks some of the “worst moments for the Republicans.”

“I think, overall, you’d have to say that the scales have moved from the long process being a positive to being a negative,” he said on Fox News.

Rove joined former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, in that assessment.

“I don’t think anybody in their right mind thinks that this way the primaries have played out has been good for the Republican chances,” Barbour said on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday.

Rove also agreed with Barbour’s point that Republican infighting should have given President Barack Obama a boost in the polls, which hasn’t materialized.

“Hayley made [an argument] in addition that I thought was very much on point, which is: given the fact that the Republicans are cutting each other up and it’s an unpleasant picture to look at, the president ought to be, as Hayley said, soaring in the polls and he’s not,” said Rove.

“We had ABC/Washington Post and CBS News/New York Times [polls] last week showing the president is in terrible shape, even at one of the worst moments for the Republicans,” the strategist added.

The GOP Elite should be as fine as frog hair split four ways, shouldn’t they?  I mean, their candidate, Mitt “The Legacy” Romney, just captured all the delegates in Puerto Rico (Si, Si puede).

So, why are they upset about how long this coronation Republican primary is taking?

Perhaps, they are starting to think ahead to the general election.

Dr. Thomas Sowell explains:

The biggest single reason why Governor Romney is the front runner is that he has had the overwhelming advantage in money spent and in “boots on the ground” running his campaign in states across the country.

Romney has outspent each of his rivals — and all of his rivals put together. His campaign organization has been operating for years, and it has put his name on the ballot everywhere, while neither Santorum nor Gingrich had a big enough organization to get on the ballot in an important state like Virginia.

In the general election, President Obama will have all the advantages against Romney that Romney currently has against his Republican rivals. Barack Obama will have boots on the ground everywhere — not just members of the Democratic Party organization but thousands of labor union members as well.

Incumbency alone guarantees the president plenty of money to finance his campaign, not only from enthusiastic supporters but also from businesses regulated by the government, who know that holders of political power demand tribute. And the mainstream media will give Obama more publicity than Romney can buy.

How does anyone ever defeat a sitting president then? They do it because they have a message that rings and resonates. The last Republican to defeat a sitting president was Ronald Reagan. He was the only Republican to do so in the 20th century.

He didn’t do it with polls. At one point during the election campaign, President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan with 58 percent to 40 percent in the polls. So much for the polls that so many are relying on so heavily today.

The question is not which Republican looks better against Barack Obama in the polls today, before the general election campaign begins. The question is which Republican can take the fight to Barack Obama, as Reagan took the fight to Carter, and win the poll that ultimately matters, the vote on election day.

The biggest fighting issue for Republicans is ObamaCare. Can the author of RomneyCare as governor of Massachusetts make that an effective issue by splitting hairs over state versus federal mandates? Can a man who has been defensive about his own wealth fight off the standard class warfare of Barack Obama, who can push all the demagogic buttons against Mitt Romney as one of the one-percenters?

Rick Santorum, and especially Newt Gingrich, are fighters — and this election is going to be a fight to the finish, with the fate of this country in the balance. Mitt Romney has depended on massive character assassination advertising campaigns to undermine his rivals. That will not work against Barack Obama.

Even a truthful account of the Obama administration’s many disastrous failures, at home and abroad, will be automatically countered by the mainstream media, 90 percent of whom voted for Obama in the 2008 election.

It is truer in this election than in most that “it takes a candidate to beat a candidate.” And that candidate has to offer both himself and his vision. Massive ad campaigns against rivals is not a vision.

Some, like President Bush 41, disdained “the vision thing” — and he lost the presidency that he had inherited from Ronald Reagan, lost it to a virtual unknown from Arkansas.

The vision matters, more than the polls and even more than incumbency in the White House.

As of right now, the only vision that Romney and the GOP Establishment seem to be relating is “You HAVE to vote for Romney.  He’s inevitable! …And let’s end this primary quickly before Republicans figure out that he’s not a conservative.”

Whatever happened to “May the best man win?”

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6 Responses to The GOP Elite Wants the Primary Over With…NOW!

  1. Barb says:

    Bulldog, I agree with you 100% on this. I had the priviledge, along with Bob, of being on News 12 NJ Power and Politics, last weekend. I made the same point then, as you do here. I called Romney “mediocre” and referred to him as “the annointed one”. As I said, I agree with all the points you make here and as long as Santorum stays in, I will continue to work hard for him. I can tell you this….If Romney becomes the nominee, he BETTER win and not become McCain. If he beats Obama (I have my doubts about this happening) he BETTER keep his promises. If he does not, I will work my @$$ off for a third party candidate and I won’t be alone. I will also be sure to DRAG every establishment republican who is now swooning over Romney, out of their house to help me! For now however, I am still holding on to the hope that something will happen to ensure that the PEOPLE vote, the PEOPLE chose, the PEOPLE are in charge.

    • Gene Hoyas says:

      All very sweet of you, Babs, except for one major point: I didn’t write this piece…Allen Fitzhugh wrote it.

  2. Dana Pearson says:

    Gingrich, his moon colony, and his 0% capital gains tax is a joke.

    Romney was not my first or even second choice. Pace Thomas Sowell but Romney IS more of a fighter than Gingrich or Santorum. The reason why Romney holds most of the cards is that he has WORKED harder than Gingrich or Santorum. Romney has been building relationships with elected Republicans for years. He has been raising money for years, and he has been working to get on the ballot everywhere for years. He is a hard worker with a long run “vision”. Gingrich and Santorum waltzed in too late and neither spent enough time building and repairing relationships with, yes, “the Repbulican Establishment” — and you can’t hope to beat the Democrats without the Republican Establishment.

    If it was not for the Super PAC money, Gingrich and Santorum would have had to bail out a long time ago. Romney has an 80% to 90% chance at the nomination at this point. Gingrich and Santorum can only hope for a brokered convention that will probably result either in Romney getting the nomination anyway — or perhaps Perry or even worse, Jeb Bush.

    It’s time to stop talking process and discuss issues — how do Romney, Gingrich and Santorum plan to deal with the Syria situation for example.

  3. dloosend says:

    When a candidate has more than twice as many delegates—which are awarded by VOTERS—maybe this “picked by the Establishment’ rings a little hollow. Unless. now, everyone who doesn’t vote your way in now the establishment.
    At some point, the voters will decide–then you can either vote for the R nominee, or help Milhous get re-elected. It’s really that simple despite all the histrionics—you either support Milhous–or you don’t.
    And when Woody compares Romney delegates to lran—maybe it’s time to go away.

  4. Turnouts around the country have been lower than normal. Possibly because dejected COnservatives have stayed home, due to Mr. Inevitable. To completely ignore the Republican Party’s Conservative Base while campaigning, and then expect them to help him defeat Obama in the General Election, reminds a lot of people of exactly what happened in 2008.

    No histrionics. Deja Vu….with more money.

  5. dloosend says:

    So then where do Woody’s supporters go??? Milhous 2012???? Thanks.