Thursday, January 5, 2012

More to Say

When I finished writing about the third party option, I really had more to say.  I want to break new ground on this issue, ferment a little Jeffersonian rebellion.

There is news out today spotlighting the latest ad by Newt Gingrich plowing into Mitt Romney.  Specifically his "timid" approach to the economy, likening his plan to that of the President.

Many think Newt is a progressive, just as bad as the President.  Mitt and his supporters certainly characterized Newt as a scoundrel as vile as the President, successfully enough in Iowa to beat down the numbers that ultimately came in for Gingrich.

In the end, in Iowa, Romney won by the slightest of margins over conservative Rick Santorum.  He won with 25% of the votes, depending on the way you slice it, the conservatives out gained the mainstream candidate by more than two to one.

Do you see what these generalizations mean?

It means that unless the conservatives coalesce around one candidate the end will be destined for a  man that could not convince a majority of his own party, perhaps not even a plurality, to vote for him.

What if this continues through the rest of the 49 states?

The conservative voices will fail to achieve the ultimate prize and again settle for the second billing with a second rate new comer, a la John McCain and Sarah Palin.  I believe the ticket will fail just as well.

We will have the "mainstream" candidate, with 25% of the GOP Primary support, out lasting conservative choices that singularly would do better. When the dust settles GOP pundits and ardents will lay on us why we have to coalesce around the winner for the sake of our future.  This election is just too gosh darn important to allow Mr. Obama to win again!

You think I exagerate the influence the successive defeats of the conservatives in the primary season has on ultimate nominees?  Consider Bush/Quayle begat Dole/Kemp who begat Bush/Cheney who begat McCain/Palin who begat Romney/?.

All well to the left of right, whose Veep was considered more conservative.  Many say the distinctions between the Democrat and Republican are waning.

Well, that is the game isn't it.  Sometimes you win and sometimes it comes in spurts.  You see that in sports all the time.

But consider also the talk that predictably surrounds all recent primary and general elections.  Fraud.  Its become routine for some observer to claim or point out the obvious, that voters in caucuses and primaries aren't exactly party members, much less ardent supporters of anyone.  More like an Occupy tactic of disruption.  Disruption of an nomination process.

Weigh it anyway you want, but obviously the conservatives some how out number mainstream candidates but suffer in the end for it.

The glue that keeps us together, but at some point fails, is the concept that together we share a common enemy, the liberal democrats.  If we stand together we have a better chance of winning the top prize.

Maybe that is part of the problem.   We think of the left as enemy and the occupation of the White House the prize.

Maybe I'm too indifferent, but I don't see the demonization of the administration or the other side in general as very insightful and inclined toward success on election day.  The left did that to Bush but he still won.

The prize is the power to advance the idealogy of smaller government, etc., not just having someone with an "R" next to his name.

What good is it that the predominant thinking of the GOP takes a back seat every four years like an obedient dog standing aside while a better looking or better spoken or more compassionate pedigree takes top spot.

Full disclosure, I don't get a say in the nomination process because there will be a victor by the time my state, Pennsylvania, has its primary.  As is always the case.

Maybe that is why I can't dance too tight with a party.  I'm practically disenfranchised.  Twice.

Conservatives wouldn't be harmed by going third party, history suggest they may need to, to be heard.  Jefferson said a little rebellion is good now and then.  Conservatives may do well to listen to their best advice, heed what the founders warned about.

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