So the Republican race, in a year when President Barack Obama is totally beatable, has come to this: Newt Gingrich, hypocrite, secret Rockefeller Republican, and megalomaniac versus Mitt Romney, the panderer, unprincipled, flip-flopper — someone who was not a Reaganite until he ran for president in 2007.
How can the GOP have sunk so low with two candidates so flawed?
It is almost as if the Republican Party wants to help Obama get re-elected.
Clearly the GOP primary voters and caucus attendees do not want Mitt Romney. After six years of running, we have seen enough. Period. Even while all his flavor-of-the-month opponents have come and gone, Romney's numbers never go up. He just keeps steady with about 20 percent of the GOP vote. Period.
How can a party end up nominating someone who only has tepid support from a disbelieving party base? How can that party support someone with 80 percent of the voters wanting someone else?
As for Gingrich, he is not what tea party, grass-roots conservatives want. He is not a conservative. He is a moderate Republican — just like Romney. The Manchester Union-Leader’s endorsement does not get the real Gingrich at all. He is not a conservative — yet these guys believe he is.
I ought to know. I served in the House early on with Gingrich. Please note how virtually none of his former colleagues are supporting him in his presidential race.
So we now have the conservative Republican Party choosing between two Rockefeller Republicans who flip-flop and pander on an hourly basis.
This is a nightmare with far-reaching ramifications. If we nominate Gingrich, Obama — and the pro-Obama so-called mainstream media — will destroy him. There is so much dirt and baggage that Gingrich will barely win a state. The GOP will get wiped out. Our dream of capturing the Senate may go away, too.
If we nominate Romney, Team Obama will annihilate him, too. His past business dealings, flip-flops, and his Mormonism will combine to make him look very beatable. And the GOP base will not defend him.
What a mess we are in. The only hope is that these two beat the heck out of each other but do not secure enough delegates to capture the nomination early. Then, maybe in the late winter or early spring a new candidate — an electable conservative with principles — will enter the race.
If either Gingrich or Romney were to actually be elected president, it will not go well with a Republican Congress. Either one will be tugged to the right and neither one wants to be on the right.
This leaves us with a terrible dilemma on our hands: two candidates who do not fit the party they are trying to lead.
Let us hope something unexpected will happen to give us another choice.
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