I was initially concerned when, last Tuesday, we saw Rick Santorum kick Mitt Romney’s patootie in the caucuses in CO and MN, as well as Missouri’s Primary.
I thought, “Really? My state prefers SANTORUM?!”
Later, however, I started to laugh.
Truly, Romney’s defeat in these three states is both hilarious and, much as I can’t stand Santorum, positive.
Well, positive if you’re a Progressive, anyway.
Most political pundits- regardless of party affiliation- agree on one thing:
The only man in the GOP race who has what it takes to give Obama any sort of challenge is Mitt Romney. Santorum cannot beat Obama, nor can Gingrich. These two men may be the darlings of the ultra-right, but they definitely do not speak for the masses- even the conservative mass.
Most Republicans, believe it or not, don’t want to outlaw birth control, a la Rick Santorum.
Similarly, most PEOPLE, in general, cannot stand Newt Gingrich. Not to be crass, but no, we have not forgotten his rabid attack on Bill Clinton, managed between sessions of screwing his mistress in the backseat of his car.
It’s bad enough to be a jackass- we’ve come to expect that from our politicians- but a hypocritical jackass?
Now that’s just too much!
This leaves Romney (because as entertaining and cute as little Ron Paul may be, he ain’t winning the nomination for anything, let alone President of the United States).
Romney has a lot of challenges. He’s stinkin’ rich, he has an avid dislike of the poor… but his biggest challenge stems from the fact that he is, in fact, a moderate (oh, the horror!).
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported various pro-choice bills, and of course, we can’t forget Romneycare (I know it’s old news, and quite tired, but I still have to say it- Romney was for Universal Healthcare before he was against it).
Oh- and let’s not forget, because it’s really important to some- Romney is a
devil worshipper Mormon. What’s a political race if it doesn’t include a little bigotry, right?
While Romney’s past as governor may put
sane middle-of-the-road folks at ease, it has become a huge thorn in the side of the GOP. Rather than rally behind the guy, understanding that he’s the best shot they have at winning the White House, the party has become splintered, full of factions of varying-degrees of conservatism. Romney has found himself in a position where he must fight liberals and conservatives. His middle-of-the-road past, something most voters prefer in a politician, has become one of his biggest challenges.
It’s reminiscent of the Democrats’ woes, during the epic battle of the Barack Obama vs. Hilary Clinton days of yore. The difference is, during the Obama/Clinton showdown, there were only two participants in the ring.
This race seems a bit more crowded, no?
Regardless, the Republican Party needs to come to an understanding:
Mitt Romney is their guy.
Allowing silly distractions like Gingrich and Santorum into the equation does nothing but sidetrack the Republicans from their only chance at winning this thing. If the fringe keeps feeding the egos of Gingrich and Santorum, they will make Obama’s run for re-election a simple one- and a slam-dunk victory.
After all these months, after all the millions paid to PACs and Super-PACs, new suits, speechwriters…
… One would think the GOP would have gotten a little more serious by now.
The fact that by February, in an election year, states are still reporting Rick Santorum as the front-runner in anything truly is…
… Well, hilarious.
On second thought, keep up the good work!