March 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Super Tuesday came and went yesterday. The results were predictable. Romney is clearly going to be the GOP nominee. While Santorum won three states, he barely picked up more delegates than Romney in those states. Meanwhile Romney won substantial majorities in most of the states he won. Newt might as well drop out. He only won Georgia, though to listen to him speak last night you would think he’s about to win the nomination.
Perhaps the most interesting race yesterday was in Virginia. Santorum and Newt failed to get enough signatures to make it on the ballot, leaving only Romney and Ron Paul. Throughout this campaign we’ve heard Ronulans claim that if only the others would get out Ron Paul could beat Romney. Such hogwash! He lost 60-40 and would have lost by more hand angry Santorum and Newt supporters not voted for Paul out of protest. Can we finally put Ron Paul to rest? He cannot win in the Republican Party.
In other news yesterday Obama decided to hold a press conference. Of all the days he could have held a press conference, he chooses a major election day in the GOP primary race. He thinks he’s sticking it to Republicans, he’s trying to be cute. The fact though is that he looks petty. He said almost nothing of substance during the presser, which focused on foreign matters rather than the economy. We learned nothing and the press hardly asked anything of substance. It was nothing but a dog and pony show meant to shift focus away from the GOP.
Let’s stop and think about that for a second though. Why would Obama want to shift focus away from the GOP? The Republicans have destroyed themselves during this primary process, why wouldn’t Obama want the focus to be on them? His poll numbers have inched up as focus shifted away from him only to go down when focus shifts temporarily back to him. Obama must have thought Romney would secure the nomination last night, which shows his political ineptitude. Romney was never going to secure the nomination last night, anyone with half a political brain knew that.
Conservatives need to come to grips with the fact that we’re stuck with a Massachusetts moderate as our nominee. We’re looking at a repeat of 1996 when we foolishly nominated a moderate who got destroyed by Clinton. Rather than obsess over the White House, conservatives need to focus on Congress. We have a good shot at keeping the House and perhaps an even better shot at taking control of the Senate. In the Senate there are 13 seats which potentially could switch from the Democrats to Republicans. We need to win 4 to have an outright majority. If we’re stuck with Obama, we might as well have a Congress to obstruct him.
At this point, the sooner this primary campaign ends the better. Santorum and Newt aren’t going to make comebacks. Romney is the nominee. As a party, we’re better off getting this over with so Romney can go into hiding for a few months. He can raise money, stay out of the public eye and let Obama be the guy everyone focuses on. Nothing could be worse for Obama than having all eyes on him, his numbers always drop when he opens his mouth and people pay a slight bit of attention. It’s time for Santorum and Newt to drop out. They won’t of course, but it’s time nonetheless.