An article appeared in the Tampa Bay Times that should strengthen your resolve and hearten your efforts to defeat the Romney machine. It’s titled Analysis of Rubio-Bush-Ryan Plan to Stop Rick Santorum, and if ever you wanted to know what it looks like when the GOP establishment crowd is made to sweat, this is it. The author, Marc Caputo, fairly gushes over the three well-known GOP politicians Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Paul Ryan. When an article starts out this way, you have to know that it’s a real sob story:
Marco Rubio sounds worried. So do Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan.
Their candidate, Mitt Romney, is losing to President Barack Obama. The GOP primary is becoming “counterproductive.”
The assumptions made here are sickening. First, there is the entitlement mentality, that suggests these guys have some right to expect their candidate to be the nominee. What they know is what you should already know: Romney’s presumed nomination is in trouble, as they’ve looked at the numbers and realize that 1144 delegates could be out of reach if Rick Santorum can make it through the month of April and into May. The article acknowledges what I’ve been reporting about a potential brokered convention too:
“They are saying the only way they can win this race is by having a floor fight in Tampa in August,” Sen. Rubio said Wednesday of the “recipe for disaster” on Fox News. “I think that’s a recipe to deliver four more years to Barack Obama. And our country — forget about the Republican Party — our country cannot afford that.”
Senator Rubio is simply wrong. A floor fight isn’t a recipe for disaster unless you’re a Romney supporter. They way the establishment has controlled, manipulated, and rigged this process is a disaster for the country. A real recipe for disaster in November would be for Mitt Romney to lose the election because he is incapable of positioning himself to defeat Barack Obama in any argument in a general election.
Predictably, this is where the article turns its attacks on Santorum, prefacing the assault this way:
“It’s as if Obama’s campaign is writing Santorum’s attack lines about how Romney is virtually indistinguishable from the president.”
Really? It’s as if a DNC ad-man wrote the article. Media bias is what it is, but I have tired of people purporting to be part of News organizations, posing as journalists of some sort who make statements like this:
“If Romney loses Florida, he probably loses the election. If Santorum stays in and wins the huge Texas primary May 29, it’ll continue to make Romney look uninspiring and like the weakest of frontrunners.”
Note to Mr. Caputo: Mitt Romney is uninspiring. He is the weakest of front-runners. He won’t win Texas. Of course, the absolutely most laughable part of this whining, pathetic plea is this:
“Santorum and Gingrich bear some responsibility for Romney’s problems. So does gaffe-prone Romney. Also, this poll and others indicate that the GOP’s stances on contraception and abortion have hurt the party’s brand among women and independent voters. The improving economy has worked against Romney and in Obama’s favor as well.”
It’s Santorum and Gingrich who are to blame for Romney’s inadequacies? Mitt Romney has spent tens of millions of dollars on ads absolutely hammering his opponents, and we should blame his opponents for his unpopularity and his continuing inability to sew up the nomination? Caputo’s article concludes with a plea that should embarrass anybody who is actually in the news business:
“Will Santorum give Romney the chance to make that case in time?”
Mr. Caputo should understand, as should the whining GOP establishment: Conservatives have no obligation to cede the race to Mitt Romney, or make it easier for him, or in any way enable his candidacy. He hasn’t shown any inclination to get out of their way either, and I want to know only one thing from Mr. Caputo and those like him:
“Will Romney give Santorum and Gingrich the chance to make the case against Barack Obama in time?”
No? Then shut up and fight.
You’ll notice how the idiotic questions they pose for conservatives are never offered to the establishment. They hope sincerely that we will not notice the fact that every question of this sort that they throw at conservatives could be turned around and thrown right back. For instance, they are always demanding: “But you will support Romney if nominated, right?” I have yet to hear anybody in the big media ask Romney: “But you will support Santorum, Gingrich, or Paul, if nominated, right?” Of course we won’t hear that question, because it would imply Romney could lose. Newsflash: He could lose. Caputo’s article is proof of that fact.
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