I Don’t Believe Conservatives Are Finished Just Yet…

Credibility Problem Solved?

While tending to things in the aftermath of my father-in-law’s passing, word came to me that Rick Santorum had dropped out.  Conservatives have an opportunity, just one, to get this thing right.  Mitt Romney is a set-up candidate, and the fact that he’s now warning conservatives about Obama’s anti-gun agenda merely disguises his own.  I also heard a little about the Hilary Rosen flap, and I must tell you that conservatives fell for that one, hook, line and sinker.  The story was nothing if not a political set-up, and both Romney and Obama were happy for it.  For Obama, it gave him a chance to put Michelle Antoinette Obama “off limits,” and for Mitt Romney, it gave him a chance to rally the troops.  The speed of the Romney campaign response, along with the speed at which Obama and company threw Rosen under the bus was the dead giveaway.  Obama wanted a chance to put his wife’s conduct and any criticism of her “off limits,” but that’s not going to work any more than the Romney camp’s attempt to make some political hay out of it is going to help him here. I’m calling “BS” on all of it.

The throw-away remark by Rosen was just that, and another bit of political snark of the sort the Democrats will not restrain themselves from employing later.  If you’ve deluded yourself into the belief that the Obama campaign won’t go after Ann Romney in the general election campaign, let me assure you: They will be merciless.  What will happen is that nobody in the Romney campaign will go after Michelle Obama for her lavish vacations, her incessant meddling in nutrition policy, and otherwise interjecting her hypocritical views into the lives of we and our children.  Bank on the fact that a Romney campaign, as dirty as it is willing to fight against other Republicans, will show no such fervor against Barack Obama or his spouse.  What the Obamas hoped to purchase by throwing Rosen under the bus so quickly was a sort of temporary truce against spouses. They don’t want us looking too closely at Michelle’s expenditures and so on.  Why not?  Simply put, it’s scandalous how the current “first lady” has spent our money.  One need only examine how the Obamas have used their daughters as tax shelters by distributing income to them to understand why they don’t want to talk about the Obama family.  It’s a great racket they can make work so long as they have all the benefits attached to the presidency.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney needed the flap even more badly than Obama did, because he needed something to swing conservatives over in line behind him as a matter of defending his side of an argument.  Frankly, while Rosen’s remarks may well be offensive to some, to others, the ability to stay home to raise children in this day and age does smack of a certain “luxury” (the term Obama used to describe it multiple times) that most women do not enjoy.  Some women are bound to say “good for Mrs. Romney,” but there are many more for whom this plays directly into the notion of privilege and an inability to relate that has heretofore characterized Romney himself.  Fair?  Absolutely not.  Will it play a role?  Bet on it.  The emerging Obama campaign is one in which Romney will be painted as a born-to-wealth son of privilege who never served in the military, and whose five sons likewise never served.  The fact that Obama never served is immaterial to the argument they will make, and will largely succeed in advancing about the Romneys as out-of-touch and too wealthy to understand the concerns of ordinary Americans.

The “rally ’round Romney” strategy employed in response to Rosen’s remarks was not entirely unsuccessful, but it was also hardly earth-shaking.   The problem is that conservatives are more than a bit put off by the fact that one by one, they have watched the Romney machine destroy their favored candidates, only to now be thrust into the position of defending Ann Romney against the Obama machine.  Too many conservatives simply aren’t ready, but I expect there will be a number of such opportunistic appeals to rally ’round Romney in the weeks and months ahead.  Romney’s scorched Earth campaign against Gingrich and others prohibits me from feeling any sympathy, and I haven’t given up on Gingrich completely either.  Santorum’s withdrawal makes it harder if not impossible to stave off a Romney nomination, but it’s not impossible.

For my part, I have watched this from a place of detachment, caught up in my own personal issues of the moment, and it’s been easy to remain detached: I don’t like Mitt Romney’s negative attacks on Santorum, Gingrich, and the whole host of others inasmuch as they were dishonest attacks, and that’s part of why I don’t see much effective difference between he and Obama except the color of their respective jerseys, one red emblazoned with a big “R”, and the other blue and sporting a capital “D.”  If this is the best we conservatives can must in 2012, we will lose either way.  Romney isn’t likely to win, but even if he does manage victory, we’ll be confronted with an administration every bit as much composed of virulent statism as the Obama administration.  It’s hard to be enthusiastic about that, particularly as a conservative.  There’s still hope, slim and slimming as time goes on, but for now, and until further notice, I am on the Newt 2012 train.  Given the conduct of his campaign these last six-eight months, I’m not sure I can support the liberal governor from Massachusetts.  I think many other conservatives share my reservations, and that’s why some number of Santorum supporters are now shifting to Newt Gingrich.

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24 Responses to I Don’t Believe Conservatives Are Finished Just Yet…

  1. TheresaAK says:

    My condolences on the loss of your Father in law…and please extend my sympathies to your wife as well….

    You have been greatly missed, and I am so glad you have not joined the camp of putting aside our principles one more time, because this is so important and “next time” we will do it right….

    Sick and tired of it…and you have encouraged me, once again….

    Blessings and Comfort to you and your family…..and I look forward to your complete return, fighting the Good Fight…

    I will not forget who stood by their principles and convictions and who did not

  2. the unit says:

    Sending my condolences to you and your  family.

  3. Betty says:

    I am always at a loss for words where grief is concerned so I would like to add and AMEN to TheresaAK’s eloquent comment.

    Kindest regards to you and your family, Betty

  4. the unit says:

    Jersey colors aside, red or blue, green is the color with $$$ signs.  Newt is lacking that “green energy”…and my 2 cents ain’t getting him there (do you know I actually looked for the cent mark on keyboard… like $, you know I’m a “unit.”)

    Ok…we’s all here.  Believe winning one American at at time will eventually win.

  5. MannaDelight says:

    Thanks, MarkA. You expressed my thoughts exactly. I can’t reconcile the fact of what Romney did to the other candidates to become frontrunner. How that behavior keeps him in good standing with the Mormons is beyond me.
    Bottom line: Romney is NOT a conservative and I do not trust him. Those saying that he has to win over the tea party & other pertinent groups is laughable. How? By telling lies, saying what he thinks we want to hear?

    I’m with you regarding Newt. Hope he continues to fight the good fight.

  6. the unit says:

    Please…are conservatives going to let this go…or any U.S. American…this is now :

    “I think that it’s important for any candidate in public office to be as transparent as possible, to let people know who we are, what we stand for, and you know, I think that this is just carrying on a tradition that has existed throughout the modern presidency.” Obama said.


  7. wodiej says:

    thanks Mark. Gingrich is indeed the last conservative standing. If remaining voters don’t get behind him, Romney is it and people don’t need to cry when he governs to the left. There is no certainty that we will win the Senate or even keep the House either. 

    My condolences to you and your family on your loss.

  8. Mark, so sorry to hear of your family loss.  Be strong my friend, be strong.  You have given us much to be thankful for in your strong support of the conservative cause.  I pray that us conservatives can get our act together and rise up to the challenge.


  9. Pat Cashman says:

    Oh how I do wonder what line of attack Romney would use against Sarah Palin had she decided to jump in. If she did it know, my guess is that his campaign would expose this charade of the Rosen story when it directly attacks a conservative woman, and that my friend, would, for all intent and purposes, effectively END his 2012 presidential campaign.

  10. Paul says:

    Anyone who would vote for Romney, I say do you have no Honor the integrity of your beliefs. I will never vote for Romney. Mark , I’m with you the signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their sacred honor.

  11. Frank L May says:

    Mark, my condolences from St. Louis County, MO.

    Being ever optimistic, I continue to see Sarah Palin driving the conversation.  This past weekend she and John Stossel did a bit on “Pain at the Pump.”  I expect she will continue in that role during the remainder of this election cycle.  [As an aside, I recently saw a clip in memory of Charlton Heston where he spoke the same message as Sarah now gives:  “You don’t need a title to make a difference”]

    I fear Mr. Romney as the GOP nominee will lead to Pres. Obama’s re-election.  However, if the House and Senate are both controlled by Republicans, he may be held in check.  That can happen only if Congress eliminates the process of Presidential “decrees” which now bypass the lawmaking duties of the legislature.

    Be assured, however, if Pres. Obama is re-elected, the 2016 GOP nominee will be Sarah Palin.  Of that I have absolutely no doubt.


  12. Section 9 says:

    Well said. Sometimes a Potemkin Village is just a Potemkin Village.

    Condolences to you on your family’s loss.

  13. John says:

    I am sorry for your loss.
    Well said on the article.  Newt in a brokered convention is our only hope of having any real choice in the upcoming election. 

  14. the unit says:

    Notice it’s democrat (not democratic) women issuing War on Women…stirring up lot’s of conservative women I think.  That’s where conservatives are not finished yet. That is another democrat battle which is a losing issue, war on drugs, poverty, traditional marriage, fat, economy, real energy.  War on Women.  Losing battle.  Family wins, lib women suffer same demise as other wars.  Both parties partake…keeps issues buried.  Family women in America win, really want kids future at least a possibility.  And dads as well.

  15. the unit says:

    Time to get this site going again…

    Old men whittle and old men hone. Such old folks are biding their time and sharping their edge.  Constitution was a whittling product.  It was whittled through much consternation that required an adjoining bill of rights for passage, requiring more whittling by Patrick Henry.  And that’s the way it is.  Want to change it?  Do it if you can.  But not with some so called living  document, i.e. bed bugs in it.  Constitutionally ,no DNA stains on it… Not with Kagan,  title…Solicitor Obama.   

    Try this…: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=x2G3wGVAnlQ

  16. the unit says:

    Best I can tell…Congress passed law delegating executive order as law of the land in the Eisenhower years …following WWll.  E. O. is to be registered in Federal Register and Congress has 30 days to override. So there we have it.  Dems and Reps both like it,  result not their fault.  Unconstitutional crap goes way back. Can’t expect better now. More of it to come.
    So does election for Congress make much difference? 

  17. wallypalo says:

    Meanwhile, Ron Paul continues to pick up delegates.   Last week at the Colorado State GOP convention, he nailed down 17 to 18 of Colorado’s delegates, vs 14 for Romney, and 2 for Santorum.  Funny how you don’t see much of this in the mainstream news.

  18. the unit says:

    You don’t remember…I’m sure…the Navajo code talkers that confused Japan in WWII.  Well there are American Indian patriots still with us…just letting you know.


  19. Hope Change says:


    THIS  is an excellent article on Newt and the epic fail currently underway to force Romney on the American People.

    Newt in the only one who has the experience and skill to design a TEAM campaign so that we can restore our constitutional government, create the American Energy NOW program, restore our Prosperity and opportunity for all, return power back home to the people and the states through enforcement of the 10th Amendment and so much more.

    Newt has been working on conservative, practical, visionary solutions for his whole life.  Newt is the only candidate with a plan for repealing Obamacare THE FIRST DAY.

    Go to ElectAd and watch some of NEwt’s speeches.  Newt is truly the man for our time.

  20. the unit says:

    I’m plagiarising, but admitting it is not really doing it. Huh?  Anyway…comment from another article I thought appropriate…
    “politicians  should have to dress like nascar drivers so we can tell who their sponsors are.”Y’all already know the diaper comparison. 

  21. the unit says:

    One world puppet about our one world puppet…old comment, but on Huffington Post today…

    According to the Sunday Times, Sarkozy said of President Obama: “[He] has a subtle mind, very clever and very charismatic…but he was elected two months ago and had never run a ministry. There are a certain number of things on which he has no position. And he is not always up to standard on decision-making and efficiency.”

    Sorry, but ABO stands.  His likely NASCAR emblems shine bright.  Media Matters, Alinsky, Soros, and et. al.