Well like an animal that has been hit by a car but is still alive gasping for air at the side of the road, the Republican primary is limping on.
Sure Mitt Romney will likely be the nominee barring anything dramatic but no one is excited about this….What else have I learned?
1.) THE LONG PRIMARY SCHEDULE HAS WEAKENED MITT ROMNEY AS A CANDIDATE
In 2008, a long and hard fought primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton made Obama a better general election candidate. It made him better on his feet in impromptu speaking occasions and in debates. It developed his “ear” in terms of hearing what would be a message that would not go over well and what would be a good message for a presidential candidate. It also forced him to find additional fundraising sources and to create campaign units in states that aren’t normally friendly for Democrats. These all helped Obama win the presidency in the general election.
Mitt Romney on the other hand has gone from a bland flip flopping business executive to the stereotype of plutocrats staggering from gaffe to gaffe as if he was punchdrunk. He has gone from your typical Republican businessman type candidate to an etch a sketch laughing stock. He is now an even weaker candidate than he was last year (and I think he was a pretty weak candidate to begin with as I outlined in 2008 http://rgdinmalaysia.xanga.com/667219099/four-reasons-why-the-mitt-rosexual-is-a-good-vp-pick-for-the-democrats/ )
2.) RICK SANTORUM IS A WEIRD, TWISTED LITTLE MAN
Not many would argue that America is still suffering from the effects of the 2008 credit recession/depression. It is clearly the number one issue of the 2012 presidential campaign. However, Rick Santorum spends all of his time talking about homosexuals, contraception and abortion. He doesn’t just want the government in bed with you, he wants government chastity belts issued to everyone. Santorum is a big government conservative which basically means he is a fascist. He is also a theocrat as he recognizes no separation between church and state. This is a very funny when you consider his wife shacked up with an abortionist for several years in the 1980’s http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087812/Rick-Santorums-wife-Karen-love-affair-abortion-doctor.html
3.) VALUE VOTERS ARE READILY WILLING TO PUT ASIDE THEIR BELIEFS IN THE INTEREST OF DEFEATING DEMOCRATS
The marital history of Newt Gingrich is well known – Divorced twice; both wives were ill at the time he sought divorceS from them - first wife with Cancer, second wife with Multiple Sclerosis. He also had moved on to new wives at the time of the divorce. In fact his third wife was his mistress for many years while he was married to the second wife. He had numerous other affairs during his first two marriages and didn’t pay much in child support to his first wife eventually stopping payments entirely. Yet so called value voters, Christian conservatives were so eager to find someone to challenge Mitt Romney (who was not sufficiently conservative in their eyes) that they readily embraced Gingrich (and sexual harasser Herman Cain for a time) warts and all. These are the same people who criticized Bill Clinton. There is no group of politically active people more fill of shit in America than the values voter.
4.) WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE TEA PARTY?
In 2010, the tea party wreaked havoc in Republican senate primaries forcing out more electable establishment candidates (some of whom were incumbents) for insane ideologues therefore costing the Republicans these seats and allowing the Democrats to maintain control of the senate. As the Republican presidential primary season winds down, they have all but disappeared. After swearing to prevent Mitt Romney from becoming the nominee, it seems the tea party will fail at this task. They have also seemed to fail at primary challenges to two of their biggest establishment Republican targets- Richard Lugar and Orrin Hatch. A dying movement of morons and their provisional head Sarah Palin has also been permanently discredited in so many ways. She now truly is a reality star but that's all.
5.) RON PAUL OWES US ALL A THIRD PARTY RUN
Despite all the noise and rhetoric, the two parties basically agree on the transformation of America into an evil empire with a permanent wartime economy and the ability to throw anybody into jail for forever without a trial as well as being totally under the thrall of Israel and Neo Conservative foreign policy goals. As I’ve written before, Obama has been a complete disappointment in this area. What America needs is a true anti-war, anti-imperialism candidate and I’m willing to forgive Ron Paul on some of his crazier positions if he is that candidate. The organized attack on Dr. Paul by the establishment left shows how cognizant they are of progressives' possible defection due to Obama’s part of the imperialist foreign policy machine. They are scared of where these people might turn. I know I won’t vote for Obama!