As my vision has slowly improved over the last two months, I find that I am seeing things in a different light. That does not necessarily mean that I am seeing thing more CLEARLY. You should take that both literally and figuratively. So, with that disclaimer in mind, I plan to write a series of articles under the banner “Seeing Things in a Different Light”, Today I would like to provoke a discussion on the 2012 elections.
The Republican Party
Can anyone tell me what the Republican Party (RP) stands for today? I ask this question because I, for one, am confused. The RP is controlled by an elitist establishment group who want and support Big Government with only slightly different aims from those of the Democrat Party.
We “conservatives” often refer to this establishment group as RINOs. But, dear friends, these people are not Republicans In Name Only. They are the Real McCoy Republicans and always have been. It is we who want a smaller less costly federal government who are the true RINOs. It is we who want to change the RP to fit our image of what it should stand for.
Within the RP we have various groups. There are hard core Neo-Cons, and Social Conservatives and hard core constitutionalist ( like me) and there are moderate conservatives and there libertarians. (Many of these groups overlap to be sure.)
If my discription of the make-up of the RP is correct, we are hard pressed to define what the Party stands for. We are reduced to referring to the RP as having two parts: the establishment Republicans and the conservative Republicans. As a result, the Republican Presidential Primaries have been a duel between the establishment candidate, Romney, and the wannabe conservative alternative. Let’s take a brief look at those wannabe conservatives.
The Conservative Alternatives to Romney
The first conservative alternative to rise above the crowd was Michelle Bachmann. The MSM did away with her in short order.
Then came Herman Cain. He scared the hell out of the Democrats. Therefore, Axlerod and company wasted no time in destroying Mr. Cain.
Next up was Rick Perry. The MSM and the Democrats didn’t have to lift a finger to bring down Rick Perry. He was perfectly capable of doing the job himself.
Then came Newt Gingrich. Probably the best thing I can say about Newt is that he is more conservative than Romney. But, this self proclaimed Reagan Conservative is dragging a whole freight train of baggage. Besides, Axlerod and Company would make Mr Moon Colony wish he had never entered the race.
We also have Rick Santorum competing. Santorum seems like a nice guy and a solid conservative. Unfortunately he is getting very little support so far. Short of a miracle, I expect that Santorum will drop out after Super Tuesday.
What about Ron Paul? Most of us who have supporyed Ron Paul are under no illussion that he is going to be the Republican nominee. But he will go to the convention with a number of delegates and the the Repuplican Party and the nominee had better treat him right. I will have more to say about this in a moment.
There is still an outside chance tha Gingrich could get the nomination. But a betting person would likely put their money on Romney to be the Repulican challenger to the incumbent, Obama.
We have been told time and time again that Romney has the best chance to defeat Obama in November. We ar told that by the Republican establishment, by the MSM and, by the Democrat Talking Heads. On top of that, the polls are telling us the same thing. Me, I take a contrarian view.
Obama and Axelrod & Company have been planning their campaign since last summer arround Mitt Romney. Their entire class warfare language was designed for Mitt Romney. They plan to use Obama’s bully pulpit to make this an election of the poor versuus the rich. And guess what? They have been planning since last summer to make Romney their poster boy in this class warfare election. And, because Romney has a serious case of foot-in-mouth desease, they will take advantage of each expression of this debilitating affliction. In my opinion, they have at least a 50% chance of being successful.
What must the Republicans do to win in November?
- They must be laser focused on making this contest about Obama’s record and not fall into Obama’s trap to make this a class warfare contest. This will be difficult to say the least.
- They must also be laser focused on their very specific plans tp energize the economy and thereby create jobs and on specific plans on how they intend to reform and save the entitlement programs,
- This is where I bring Ron Paul into the equation. Republicans must understand that this election is not about Republicans versus Deomocrats. This election is between those who want four more years of Obama and those that don’t. Of the electorate that want to vote against Obama. Ron Paul followers make-up about 15%. Romney and the RNC will have to find a way to appease Paul followers and get them on board. How they can do this I do not know. If they fail in this effort, the disenchanted Democrats that are following Paul will probably stay home and the Libertarians in that 15% will probably cast protest votes foe Gary Johnson. IMHO, the Republicans can not win with out the support of Paul’s 15% of the anti-Obama electorate.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?