Regular readers of Republic Heritage know that I have narrowed my choice of GOP candidate to Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. I have rejected Ron Paul for several reasons but I have not detailed them here because of my respect and friendship with my fellow Republic Heritage blogger, Michael, who is a very dedicated Ron Paul supporter.
I feel so strongly against Mitt Romney that if he is the nominee I will not vote in the general election because I truly believe a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama, therefore, it will not matter who wins the election. Both men have signed socialized medicine into law and both continue to support it although Obama seems to be more politically savvy in this regard. Romney constantly defends his socialized medicine law even to the electorate that is opposed to it and Obama never talks about it because he knows most Americans do not want it.
Unfortunately, it appears that Florida will choose Romney as their pick for presidential nominee today but there are still 46 states that can reject him and make their choice for either Gingrich or Santorum.
Jeffrey Lord makes a very strong case about progressivism in both parties in his recent article (see below) in The American Spectator. This primary fight is, once again, the fight Ronald Reagan waged in the 1970's and 1980's. Reagan won that battle and I sincerely hope conservatives win the battle today because if we lose, America will forever be fundamentally transformed.
Newt Battles Mush From the Wimps
Palin targets Establishment GOP "cannibals" terrified of party's conservative base.
Ford Declares Reagan Can't Win" -- Headline in The New York Times, March 1, 1980
Yet still more mush from the wimps.
To borrow a famous Reagan phrase: "Well, there they go again."
Somewhere an exasperated Gipper is doubtless shaking his head.
The war between conservatives and the Republican Establishment -- and make no mistake, this is a war -- is on once more.
The people who brought the GOP losing candidates from Dewey to Dole are at it again.
Last week's assault on Newt Gingrich -- with various Romney supporters seriously and deceptively trying to tell unwitting voters that Gingrich was never really a real Reagan ally -- in reality has nothing to do with Newt Gingrich at all.
The attack on Gingrich's Reagan credentials, by the way, which I discussed here, backfired badly on the Romney forces. They were quickly dropped when:
• Reagan's White House political director and campaign manager Ed Rollins crisply dismissed them, Rollins saying that Gingrich in the Reagan-era was "one of the most important players and most loyal to Ronald Reagan."
• Another video surfaced of Nancy Reagan saying, "Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt"
• Last but certainly not least, Michael Reagan spoke up, pointedly ending the entire idiotic line of attack. Said Ronald Reagan's son:
I am deeply disturbed that supporters of Mitt Romney are claiming that Newt Gingrich is not a true Reaganite and are even claiming that Newt was a strong critic of my father.
Recently I endorsed Newt Gingrich for president because I believe that Newt is the only Republican candidate who has both consistently backed the conservative policies that my father championed and the only Republican that will continue to implement his vision.
Game. Set. Match.
But the real question here is: Why? Why do this kind of politically senseless, totally tone-deaf thing?