The entire Republican Presidential race is — and has been for a year — a race to stop Mitt Romney and a stolid, tired, old, constipated, GOP establishment from jamming a boring, non-conservative candidate down our collective throats for the second consecutive presidential race.
Back in 2007-2008 no one inside the GOP liked John McCain
— and yet we were saddled with him. He was a lousy political candidate. He was — and still is — a prickly, unlikeable man.
|Romney and McCain
Now — in — the same GOP establishment is foisting on us another man that no one likes: Mitt Romney.
A man who has to repeatedly tell us how “severely conservative” he is.
A simple rule: if you have to proclaim your conservatism, then you are probably not a conservative.
Mitt Romney grew up in Michigan in the 1950s when the Republican Party was the party of moderation. Conservatives were a distinct minority; moderates the majority.
His father was a classic moderate. So, too, was his mother when she ran in 1970 for the U.S. Senate.
In 1968 Mitt’s father, Gov. George Romney, ran for president and was a poor candidate on the stump. That is not to say he was a bad person; in fact, he was a good man and a smart man in business.
But he had poor political candidate skills.
Mitt Romney is an atrocious presidential candidate. One of the worst candidates the GOP has ever produced.
He has one excellent skill: making and raising money. Period.
He cannot inspire. Or rouse a crowd. Or deliver a moving address. Or lead.
Even his attempts at humor — and singing — fall flat.
The so-called mainstream media keeps telling us he is the inevitable nominee. They tell us he “has the organization and money” to win.
Yet flawed candidates and campaigns with no money or organization like Santorum and Gingrich — and maybe even Ron Paul in Maine when they actually count all the votes — have beaten him repeatedly.
How long does it take the Republican establishment to realize they have hitched themselves to a total loser?
Romney simply cannot close the deal with voters.
After five years of campaigning and tens of millions of dollars spent, he still basically cannot exceed 25 percent of the GOP vote nationally.
He never grows in popularity. In fact, the more the voters see of Romney, the less they like him.
So, where do we go from here?
Next up is Michigan, the state where Mitt grew up and where the Romney name is still golden. As of now, Santorum is ahead — and is going to spend money and try to damage Mitt there.
Romney will follow his tried-and-true modus pperandi and carpet bomb Santorum with TV ads in Michigan. It is Romney’s only way of winning anything. He cannot win on issues or on his own record — because his record is closer to Obama’s than to Reagan’s.
This will continue for a while. Newt Gingrich’s support is now steadily deteriorating — with his voters defecting to Santorum. The race will go along into the spring with more and more people finally realizing that Romney is too flawed to defeat Obama.
Does this mean Rick Santorum will be the GOP nominee?
It means that we will remain deadlocked for a while — maybe even all the way to the August GOP Convention in Tampa.
The Republican Party has not — yet — found someone — anyone — to believe in.
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