March 22, 2012 4 Comments
Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee. He has nearly half the delegates required to win, no one is within 300 of him at this point. Beginning in April all of the states are winner take all. With California and New York clearly in the Romney camp, no one else has a chance. Santorum would have to win 70% of the remaining delegates, he just doesn’t have the money or organization to pull that off. It’s time for Santorum and Newt to drop out of the race. It doesn’t matter whether Ron Paul drops or not, he was never relevant.
Now we in the Republican Party must now resign ourselves to the fact that we’ve nominated someone who we know nothing about. Sure, we know that a decade ago he ran as a progressive Republican in Massachusetts. We know that today he says he’s a conservative. His speech in Illinois the other night was excellent, it makes one think that Romney might actually have a conservative vision. Unfortunately, it still isn’t clear what his vision is. What will Romney do as President? What will he cut, who will he nominate to the Supreme Court? What big government programs will he cut, or worse what new big government programs will he create? We don’t know, because he hasn’t told us.
Romney spent this entire campaign telling us that his opponents were conservative heretics. He trotted out random votes Santorum and Gingrich made and called them liberals and heretics with the millions in campaign money he had. Romney outspent all of his Republican rivals combined. There’s nothing wrong with it, but the way Romney’s campaign has been run tells us why the GOP has been slow to embrace him. Everyone else is a liberal but we don’t know what Romney is, we don’t know his vision. All we were told by his camp is that Obama is bad and Rick and Newt are almost as bad. That doesn’t inspire passion in Republican voters.
Now we conservatives are seeing our greatest fear come to light. Top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom declared on CNN that Romney can become a moderate during the general election. He said “It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.” So now Romney is an Etch A Sketch, who isn’t a conservative and will tell voters whatever they want to hear. To be charitable, it isn’t Romney who said this. But what in the world is Fehrnstrom thinking saying such a thing on CNN? What would possess him to say this? Romney can show real leadership by firing Fehrnstrom. It’s the only way to calm the storm brewing on the right.
We now have two important events to look forward to with Romney, both of which will tell us the course of his fall campaign. First up will be selecting a Vice Presidential nominee. Romney needs to make a big splash with a nominee that will appease conservatives. Marco Rubio is one such person, Allen West is another. Romney has to pick someone that will excite his base, just a hint but Chris Christie isn’t that guy. Second will be Romney’s nomination speech at the GOP Convention. He’ll have an oppertunity to lay out his vision for the nation and if he wants conservatives to stay on board it had best be conservative. If Romney shows us to be a real Etch A Sketch candidate, he will lose in a landslide.