Okay Romney won. (Even with Rick call in the Dems). For those of us who support Romney (i.e. those of us who actually looked at his record instead of swallowing what the media is trying to force feed us) this is a good day…
But to the rest of the Republican Party, the Newt supporters, the Santorum supporters (those who aren’t Democrats), the Paul supporters, we need to talk. Guys, look, you’re just not going to get it. The wins tonight give Romney another boost and hurt your guys even more. Before tonight he had 99 delegates. Tonight he got 29 from Arizona and will probably get around 15 for Michigan. Add to that he’s ahead in Puerto Rico (23 delegates), Maryland (37), D.C. (19), Delaware (17), California (172), New Jersey (50), and Utah (40) and those are all winner-take-all primaries. That’s 501 delegates of the needed 1144. Wisconsin is the only other winner-take-all state with only 42 delegates. Now add in his commanding leads in Massachusetts (41) and Virginia (49) and Mitt’s already got over half of the votes he needs locked down. (When you factor in all the proportional votes from Super Tuesday (480, counting MA and VA which we know Mitt’s going to win) and add in all the other winner-take-all states Mitt will likely have close to 700 (quite possibly well over 700, but I’m being generous to Newt and Rick) delegates locked down by the end of Super Tuesday. Which would mean of the 1103 delegates up for grabs Mitt would only have to get another 444 (give or take how many off from 700 he has) . Wow, only 40% of the delegates. I’m sure that will be so difficult especially after Newt and Rick go bankrupt as they’re about to any day now. Face it. Romney is going to be the nominee. There will be no brokered convention, there will be no split party. Romney’s it. He’s also the one that Obama is afraid of!
Now you have three options. You can pout and do nothing. You can continue attacking Romney and do Obama’s work for him. You can work to make sure we win the House and the Senate.
I understand if you can’t get behind Romney (well actually I can’t in this particular case, but as I would not vote for Santorum if he were the nominee I’m not going to say you must vote for Romney or work to get him elected if he were the nominee…although my anti-Santorum stance is based on reason, facts, and patriotism…your anti-Romney bias is based on what again? Lunacy? Anyway…) . But even if you don’t like Romney pouting helps no one. Civic duty requires that you participate actively in government in any way you can.
And attacking Romney is also not a valid option as it only helps Obama. Levin, Hanity, Malkin, Shapiro, Murdoch, Limbaugh, Michael Reagan* I’m talking to you. Shut the hell up. Don’t like him. Fine, don’t support him. But that doesn’t mean you help our mutual enemy. Even all of the Newt and Santorum supporters out there need to get a clue that as many problems as they have against Romney (all of them justified by lies, half-truths and misinformation) he’s better than Obama. If you don’t like Romney, please just spend the rest of the year until November attacking Obama and his cronies and ONLY Obama and his cronies. Hell, day after the election I’ll join you in being a critic of President Romney when he does the wrong thing, as I will critique any president when they screw up…but until we get Obama out hold off on attacking Romney, please, for the good of the country—you know that thing you claim to love (although by supporting Santorum I’m not really seeing it).
The third option, the one everyone who doesn’t like Romney should be taking, is making sure you do everything in your power to make sure that the House stays in Republican control and that the Republicans take hold in the Senate. According to RealClearPolitics 5 seats up for election are safe Republican seats with another 8 in the toss up category (and 4 Democratic seats are in the Lean Democrat category). The goal, for those of you who don’t want to back Romney should be to make sure that both House and Senate are staunchly conservative, Tea Party Conservative, not just Republican. So, playing in your ball park for just a second, if Romney is the flip-flopping politician you claim he is (even though he’s not) then he will have no choice but to always veer conservative as that is the only thing he will be able to do with a conservative Congress. Hitting Romney will only waste resources in getting what you want, conservative policies. And to those commentators I mentioned, given that you’re all very well off and you’ve already hurt this party with you divisive rhetoric, you should be donating the maximum to every major Senate and House race you can—that is the only way you can make up for this draw out violation of the 11th Commandment (especially considering most of you are backing an extreme economic liberal like Santorum).
So it’s up to you. Show you care about this country or continue hitting Romney. Your choice.
*On a side note I would like to take the time to point out that Michael Reagan’s endorsement of Newt shows that intelligence may be more dependent on genetics than environment.