"Jindal is the only one, but there seems to be general agreement that we need him to be the best governor he can be and a leader of the Republican Party more," says one McCain campaign adviser. "McCain has gotten a good look at [Mitt] Romney as a competitor and as someone who is running in support of his candidacy, and frankly he can't tell the difference. It's been a very educational process. Let's just leave it at that." -The American Spectator
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Hmmm. I'll go out on the edge here and risk irritating some of our readers who may have supported Romney. There are several valid points that seem to be ignored by the "establishment" Republicans who are obviously in unanimous awe of this guy. http://www.trueromney.com/ I will touch on a few because it's important. Loosen those ties, boys! I'll try to go easy on him.
His most valuable "potential employees" have been pimping him hard on the airwaves since January. I suppose if I had the financial security that Rush, Hannity, Coulter and Beck have, I might be tempted to support the flirtatious tycoon just in case he attempts to buy my contract again, a la Clear Channel/Bain Capital buyout. Several RNC members want to see him locked in. And, he had a decent following for those who couldn't swallow the Giuliani pill but can't be seen with a right winger in public.
Point blank: McCain/Romney would be a disaster for the GOP in a year when we can ill afford any more setbacks, although many are in the forecast. While we may be in hot water on Capitol Hill, I believe the easiest candidate to beat since Jimmy Carter 2.0 is on the way to the slaughter, compliments of the Democrats. That is, of course, Barack Hussein Obama.
I thank God for no more perfect storms like Clinton/Perot to derail us from the White House, but one of these days our luck will run out. Despite having an unstoppable pattern of weak candidates to represent the GOP in EVERY election after Reagan, the liberal shot callers have managed to produce the primary energy necessary to offer up the same old disaster for the last 12 years: The most liberal pinko socialist they can find.
America will not elect someone so liberal and out of touch with every day America as Gore, Kerry, She-Clinton or Obama. They come close, and regardless of how weak Bush 1 and 2 were, or Dole was, or McCain is, they cannot close the deal. They never learn.
But neither do we. Something has got to give soon. And, while it looks like the Dems are hell bent on another losing Marxist, they would be winning by landslides with another moderate and traditional candidate like JFK. Not because America wants or needs another JFK, but because we have been determined to offer the poster boy for the GOP country club negative stereotype that keeps us from growing into America's majority party.
Suit & tie. Expensive education. Wealthy family. Lot's of special interest. Elite to the core. Out of touch with most Americans.
Sure, we'll produce an "American Hero" if we have to, but it's still another dose of Washington that fails to inspire the masses. It's a shame that we have to be attacked by terrorists or lose some astronauts in a tragic accident in order to get goosebumps when a Republican leader speaks these days. Close your mouth, it's true.
Now, Romney has all the goods, if you're looking for the Manchurian Candidate. Good looking, lot's of money, fresh new slogans, a positive demeanor, wink and a smile (probably an excellent baby kisser), financial background, good speaker, etc, etc, etc.
However, he falls apart on the conservative principles that drive the Party. Sure, he says he's pro-life and pro-gun. He says he's a fiscal conservative and supports the War On Terror. He says he loves (his) Jesus, family and the American way. "Washington is broken", and he claims he can fix it.
But, as a Huckabee organizer, one of my primary jobs was to research the heck out of the guy, and I have been beside myself at how "too perfect" he is to the media and many social conservatives who fail to research or just ignore this man's profile.
http://www.trueromney.com/ will give you a glimpse of some, just some, of the baggage that comes with this guy.
But even without the facts that he voted for Paul Tsongas, has a record of pro-gay & pro-abortion support, admits he is not a Reagan-Bush Republican, was not even registered Republican in the 90's, favors socialist health care like Hillary, raised taxes/fees in Massachusetts by over $740 million, lied repeatedly during the presidential primary, failed to leave the Governor's office with a favorable approval rating, and just flat out ran a nasty campaign, (whew! I'm out of breath!) I can still give a logical analysis of why he could likely burn the GOP at the worst possible time if he is picked as VP.
First off, and most importantly, the GOP must have a Socially Conservative Southern Evangelical Christian on the ticket if they want to win. Having 2 moderate to liberal Republicans on the ticket that favor the Northeast and Washington DC wing of the Party won't cut it. History has shown time and time again that it is a recipe for disaster. (Remember Dole/Kemp?)
And having a "Progressive -Yankee- Mormon" to add insult to injury along with McCain on the ticket would be asking for a nightmare of resentment and distrust from the base of the American voters in both parties, who as Christians, make up 68% of the nation's electorate. I know that's an unpopular thing to say in this era of political correctness, but it is a legitimate factor that we must address. Whether it should matter is a debatable issue that is irrelevant to winning and losing. Race, gender and religion have always played a factor in politics, and 2008 is no exception.
Secondly, since Mitt refused to honor the 11th Commandment of Ronald Reagan, "Thou shall not speak evil of thy fellow Republican", and ran one of the worst smear campaigns in GOP primary history, he has successfully given the Democrats hours of soundbites that rip McCain. And they will use them, too. The market is very promising to Democratic strategists this year. They have the opportunity to run an inexpensive TV campaign without giving the appearance of Obama being a mud-slinger. Just roll the tape of the Republican VP candidate telling you in his own words why John McCain would be a bad president!Can you imagine a McCain/Romney ticket where Mitt is traveling the country to promote McCain and debate why he should be the next president? Either his topics would be extremely limited or he would have to lie and say he had a change of heart. The guy left no stone unturned in his onslaught to publicly demonize McCain on social, economic and legislative issues. So, what's left? "Obama is wrong for America, McCain knows the military and the weather is very nice today." Is that the gist of it? Heck, put me on the VP list!
Reagan knew what he was talking about here. And the talk radio gods, who ignored the Gipper's 11th Commandment advice, will only assist in making the GOP look more schizophrenic. Rush, Hannity, Beck and Coulter can give the Dems even more countless hours of ammo because of their hypocritical approach to this primary season.
You reap what you sow, and they were not sowing Reaganisms. They were sowing vicious slurs against McCain and Mike Huckabee more than they were against Clinton and Obama. Whoops! It must be a reality check to learn that they don't have nearly the influence they thought they did to swing an election. And now, most of the exclusive interviews and ratings will go to the competitors of these so called "conservative icons". Welcome back to Earth, you sold out blowhards!
And since Romney has backed his VP options into a corner by limiting his ability to promote McCain, we know he can sure talk about himself! The only problem is that, the more this guy is under the national microscope, the more of a liability he will become to the GOP.
How long will it be before Obama decides to disarm his social health care program like he did Hillary's? After doing a little research on Mitt's plan (that provides $50 abortions, subsidized by the state taxpayers), we find that they are no longer offering it to everyone. It has cost the citizens of Massachusetts 40% more than he projected and has left their state in a financial crisis.
It's no wonder Romney failed to build the Republican Party in his home state. The Massachusetts GOP is not exactly the national model, and as Bush and Cheney have proven, our presidential teams can make or break registration trends for both parties. (FYI- Democrats have 3 million more new registrations than we do now).
Known for being a "money man", Mitt has gained the respect of the Party elite. But, once those stats go public, we might find that he has lost his magic touch with investing your money into his dream. Just ask his campaign contributors how much he spent on each vote, and compare it to the other candidates. Or, as it really matters, how much money was spent per delegate?
Romney came in dead last in campaign finance efficiency of the entire GOP pack, spending over $289,256 for each delegate.
What does this say to tax payers?
"Washington is broken, and I propose we buy another one!"
By comparison, Huckabee came in first in CFE (and finished second place behind McCain in winning delegates) spending $48,951 per delegate.
What does this say to voters?
"Let's see if Super Glue and Duct Tape will hold Washington together and we'll invest the rest into America's needs!"
Romney is a ticket killer. We have to win the Evangelical South, or it's going to be a long 4 years of the Obama Administration.
I will soon post some thoughts on Mike Huckabee's potential value to the McCain ticket. Until then, if you are thinking what I'm thinking, or would like to explore why Huck would be a legit VP option, check out http://teamhuck.com/ .
Contributing to Rare, Conservative Media