Why Mitt Romney Will Be (and Probably Should Be) the GOP Nominee

I really hate to have to write this post, because it mans admitting defeat to some extent.  But having followed the primaries and seen the results and trends so far, my political realism has now kicked in.  And my conclusion is that the GOP could do worse than Romney, and at this point, probably can’t do better.  To explain, let’s look at the candidates and where they’re headed.

We’ll start with Ron Paul, who will still be getting my vote when the primary hits Ohio.  I support him mainly on domestic policy.  And why the fuck everyone who calls themselves conservative doesn’t is mystifying to me.  Really. Nevada is strong with libertarian-leaning conservatives, and he still came in third there.  His strategy was to pull enough delegates to have a seat at the convention.  It’s still possible, but he’s fallen short of expectations pretty much everywhere, despite better numbers than 2008.  And with far too many people dismissing him out of hand while still salivating over or slamming other candidates, I don’t see him being close enough to challenge the establishment.  So while he has the money and infrastructure to run all the way to the convention, and maybe influence it in the right direction, he’s effectively out.

Newt Gingrich has (inexplicably) been the anti-Romney and “conservative” choice (if I had added the proper amount of quotes, it would have made this paragraph unreadable). Newt is in this for Newt. To make Newt the immortal ruler of the United States of Newt, where he can apply Newtian law and see what the fuck happens.  That he’s used conservatism as his platform to extend Newt into the political process is largely irrrelevant, because as President, he’d have the freedom to do whatever the fuck he wants.  In that, he’s actually the scariest of the candidates.  I think he’d like to claim the mantle of “the next Reagan” mainly because it will lead to him becoming an icon.  Maybe a life-sized golden statue of him riding a golden calf (at which point we’ll hope for Chuck Heston to return from the dead and toss some commandments at that motherfucker). Thankfully, his piles of bullshit are slowing him down enough that he hasn’t made headway against Romney since South Carolina.  And his money, unlike Romney and Paul, is tight.  His organization is even worse.  So he’s going to do what Newt does over enough time and bury himself, or at least divide the non-Romney vote long enough to put Romney in there.

Rick Santorum.  Not going to spend a lot of time on the frothy mixture of conservatism and theocracy.  Probably more of a conservative than Newt, but has tried to differentiate himself by being the person that brings up social issues.  And this is suicide in the general election.  And at some point, it will become suicide either in the GOP or FOR the GOP.  And while he is coming from behind to be the next non-Romney, his organization and money is worse than the Gingrich nightmare.  So hopefully he’ll self-destruct sooner rather than later.  Or maybe I’ll try to find him if he makes it to Ohio.  Although I’ll probably get in trouble, since he’s bound to say something that’ll compel me to slap the taste right out his mouth.  Yeah.

That leaves us with Mitt Romney, who has won most of the votes, has the money, is the chosen dolt of the establishment pukes.  Here’s where I explain why he’s the “best” choice for the GOP.  First, he’s not an egomaniac or theocrat or nutcase.  He’s a manager.  He’s the least offensive candidate to all wings of the GOP.  And since he’s milquetoast (like the idiot fuck McCain before him), he’s exactly what the GOP deserves.  But he’s also displayed one quality that isn’t the worst thing considering the options: he has a Clinton-esque malleability.  In other words, the Tea party can stay independednt because they didn’t support him, and push him to the right.  And if we can elect decent people to Congress, then we can start pushing an agenda of limited government and he’s likely to be sold enough to follow it.

In short, a Romney nomination is similar to the Madonna Super Bowl Halftime Show: It’s shiny, well-choreographed act that, while sucking to some degree, incorporates some familiar and good things.  And most importantly, we could have done worse.

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5 Responses to Why Mitt Romney Will Be (and Probably Should Be) the GOP Nominee

  1. taxsanityMark says:

    I could be wrong, but Romney never had a chance at the nomination. And by now, I’m stunned anyone thinks he will win the nomination. Hope he does — we need Dems to win by a large majority because voter suppression will be a huge problem.

    Romney’s basic problem is not the very low tax rate, his destruction of jobs, he flip flops, his cowardice during Nam era, his profiting on war while making sure he and his kids never go near it.

    No, that’s all good to GOPs. His problem is, Southern fundies are taught from Sunday School that Mormonism is a goofy, and even evil, cult. Which is hilariouis, all religions are cults, some are just more evil than others.

    Southern fundies won’t vote for Mitt. Oh some might, but to win the nomination, and then general, you have to excite the vote. No on is excited by Mitt — no one. He had to hire fake cheering supporters, and was found out. He can’t get the stupid vote excited .

    Santorum can excite the studid vote. He could fill a football stadium with stupid people cheering for wars, cheering for govt control of women’s bodies, cheering for more give aways to the already rich parasite class.

    But Mitt has never been able to draw a crowd. Does anyone bother to notice? Unless Mitt is giving away pancakes he can’t fill a Denny’s with excited, cheering supporters. Anytime you see people cheering for Mitt, that’s an orchestrated photo op. Someone gathered those people up, they are probably paid. It’s not a genuine organic – self motivated effort by those people.

    That’s pretty much the same problem McCain had — he was not drawing crowds at all, until he got Sarah Palin on board. So then McCain just travelled with her and tried to take the credit.

    But McCain was not Mormon. His church did not believe in the goofy nonsense the Mormons do — each Mormon leader gets his own planet, complete with a number of women to service him sexually, and black slaves to do the work. You got to hand it to the founders of Mormonism, they were all about getting as many women as possible, and having slaves do the work. Sounded like paradise to them.

    So McCain was able to win the Southern slave states primaries. Mitt won’t — except for Florida which has so many Northern transplants, the fundie vote is not the swing vote there.

    Mitt will be lucky to win Michigan, and was already defeated in states he won before, and gets less votes than he did years ago, despite 30+ milion dollars, and 5 years of campaigning.

    He outspends Santorum ten or fifteen to one — perhaps 30 to one, according to one report. But Santorum wins anyway. Why? Santorum can energize the stupid vote. Seriously, the stupid vote is very important voting block, and politicians know it.

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  2. Im not sure where to put my comment on your idiotic and gullible support of Fairtax, so I will put it here.

    Do you have an f-ing clue what you are talking about? No, you dont. For example, I bet you have no clue Fairtax is not a 23% personal retail sales tax to replace all other fed taxes. Oh, part of it is, yes. A small part.

    About 4/5 of Fairtax has nothing to do with retail sales taxes. Taxes on things like military wages, pensions and benefits. Oh you didn’t know that? Well that’s just a start of surprising — and illegal and goofy things they tax in their footnotess and fine print.

    So you think it’s a “retail sales tax”. Really? Well then tell me this. How the hell is a 15 billion dollar tax, and the state legislature of Texas, a retail tax? Yes, people in Texas would have to pay the retail sales tax — but that’s only a small part of the plan. Every county, every city, and the state itself will pay taxes, NOT — NOT NOT just on “retail purchase” but on vertiually everything they spend.

    If Texas has 20 billion a year budget to run their prison system, for example, guess how much they have to pay the federal government? About 5 billion in taxes. Think Im wrong or kidding?

    No. It’s woven into the fine print, double talk, and footnotes. Fairtax math is based on massive — truly massive — taxes coming from city county and states. Hell yes it’s unconstitutional hell. But Fairtax doesn’t care, the whole goofy plan is political theater, nonsense, bullshit.

    Want proof of all this? No problem. I s how you the fine print, the footnotes, and the tax tables.

    Fairtax leaders know very well their plan is like a magic pony that shits gold. They know the bs in their plan, because they put it there. They know that pony isn’t magic. They know that shit behind the pony isn’t gold. But they tell you about this plan that pays for itself, fixes nearly everything, blah blah blah.

    Trouble is — their own researcher exposed their crap. And then several real studies exposed their BS. Fairtax isn’t sorta goofy, sorta flawed. IT’s jacked up goofy hustle,. It would be a fraud if they were really trying to pass it.

    Yes,, we need a new tax code — entire new code. But we don’t need liars and con artist fooling stupid people about a replacement. If anything, these lying bastards are hurting the effort for a new tax code.

    I offer — seriously — 50,000 dollars if anyone — you or anyone from Fairtax — can prove it’s a 23% retail sales tax to replace all other fed taxes. That’s the basic hustle — I will give 50K if you can show me that’s what Fairtax really is.

    You don’t have to show it works — just that in fact, thats what Fairtax IS. Because most of Fairtax has nothing to do with personal retail sales. You have been bamboozled by bullshitters. Learn your lesson. Dont be so easy to fool on other topics in the future — check the fine print

  3. soapster says:

    “We’ll start with Ron Paul, who will still be getting my vote when the primary hits Ohio. I support him mainly on domestic policy. And why the fuck everyone who calls themselves conservative doesn’t is mystifying to me. Really. Nevada is strong with libertarian-leaning conservatives, and he still came in third there. His strategy was to pull enough delegates to have a seat at the convention. It’s still possible, but he’s fallen short of expectations pretty much everywhere, despite better numbers than 2008. And with far too many people dismissing him out of hand while still salivating over or slamming other candidates, I don’t see him being close enough to challenge the establishment. So while he has the money and infrastructure to run all the way to the convention, and maybe influence it in the right direction, he’s effectively out.”

    Ron Paul is at present second in the delegate count. That’s what matters. I can guarantee you that while he lost the presidential straw vote in MN, he will get at least 75% of the national delegates by the time they are selected this summer. I presume he’ll fair similarly in the other caucus states.

  4. Soapster, I hope you’re right. But I stand by my prediction, which is what it is. Plus, add the surge of santorum that is the result of Rick Santorum has brought being the clown shoes he is, and the defection of too much of the Tea Party to stupidity, it’ll cancel things out. So the GOP gets stuck with Romney, and we get to spend the post-convention time supporting Gary Johnson.

  5. soapster says:

    I absolutely am right on the delegate allocation Patrick. Here are some reports that support my statement.

    http://www.capitalfreepress.com/republican-primary-delegate-allocation-2012/

    If he can amass enough delegates to prevent the others from securing the 1144 needed to win the nomination come August then everything changes after that first round of voting.

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