Well, we do not need to go into reasons why a conservative may have a few misgivings about what Mitt Romney did after he won the election. Those are well documented. Still, the man seems to be much more faithful to his wife and family then he is to his ideals, which he should be commended. Though that is not the credentials I eye when choosing my candidate. I like them feisty and brutally honest. A little swagger in the step. To me that is what is needed now to confront the upcoming storm that is about to sweep us all out to a sea of liberal hell if we don’t find a leader to man the ship. And here is where the problem begins and this is how I see it.
The Republican Establishment wants to play it safe as always and nominate a Mr. Rodgers.
The Conservative base wants an all out assault on our problems and nominate R. Lee Emory.
The Republican Establishment wants Mr. Rodgers to sing a little song about unity as he puts on his sneakers, smiling.
The Conservative base wants R. Lee Emory to throw a box of tissue at Harry Reid and call him “Jack Wagon!”
The metaphors are endless, but the point is simple enough. Mitt Romney is not R. Lee Emory. But neither is Newt Gingrich. Not even in the same zip code really. Newt Gingrich on the other hand is not Mitt Romney, just as Sarah Palin and Herman Cain were not. And now we have reached the crux of it all.
This primary has much more to do with the factions behind the nominees then it is about the candidates themselves. How else would one explain Newt Gingrich’s sudden rise when Mitt Romney stays stagnant as primary voters are dumped into the voter sea again and again to be scooped up by other potential candidates? Romney has the money, the team, the entire Republican Establishment behind him yet when primary voters are looking for a life raft to save them when their nominees ship has sunk, they hardly ever climb aboard Romney’s boat. Its because too many of the Republican primary voters the life raft Romney is rowing belongs to the people who sunk their ship.
This primary, unlike any other, is about the Republican Establishment. Romney and Gingrich are just the pawns on the board. Ever since the day after the election in 2010, actually the night of the election, the Republican Establishment has been at war with a good portion of the conservative base. This war started as a little skirmish but has now erupted into a real shillelagh swinging donnybrook.
Many of the Conservative base are sick of the perceived go along to get along attitude of current Republican leadership with the democrats yet see them attacking other Republican nominees with names other then Romney mercilessly. Conservatives are asking why in the hell cant this wrath and energy be turned against the actual enemy, liberal democrats, and not at them and their candidates. As each day goes by, with every nameless Republican insider and supposedly conservative pundit attacking the Conservative base ,the Tea Party movement, and their nominee ,the resentment grows and multiplies. Its the reason Gingrich has held up under the last few weeks of relentless attacks. He was never the first choice of most of his current supporters, but he is as of right now the last one left. The Conservative base has said “Enough!”. It has broken out the entrenching tools and has dug in. The Republican Establishment is entrenched as well. Romney is their man, period. They heavily invested in him.
They also are used to the trappings of their positions. The current Republican Leadership is willing to risk it all rather then compromise with its base. Every Republican consultant, strategist, and pundit stands to lose some stature and access if the current Republican regime is forced to leave or take a step down. They have to climb the latter again. They rather die then have to give it up. The whistles are blowing, both sides ready to go over the top to an uncertain end. Let loose the dogs of war!
Let us suppose after the dust settles, the wounded are collected and votes are counted, we find the Republican Establishment has won. What will have been the price? By looking at their current actions one can only assume they believe that the Conservative base will just lick its wounds and hobble the streets and man the phone banks with arm in sling and happily work to get Romney elected. Do they intend to recruit the ever precious independent to swell the ranks again? Are they that clueless? Can they not see what is about to happen? Is this an election to them or a desperate last attempt suicide mission?
Or has this been one long game of political chicken? Will they pull away and veer towards sanity before we all crash and burn.
I hope so.