I’ve already seen enough rumblings of Mitt defense so far to know that if Mitt gets the nomination, it’s going to make what happened under McCain look like a walk in the park. Back then, when the Mactrolls were trying to bully and browbeat us all into submission because their nominee was the meritless and recently discarded media construct of the New York Times, the has-been maverick, we were all just childish, narcissistic, and unpatriotic.
Now? Well, for samples, if we won’t vote for Mitt in the general election, it’s tantamount to treason and America is doomed. There are some spatterings of “it will all be the conservatives’ fault” and the occasional puff piece about why Mitt really is a conservative as all the Republicans magically become every election cycle. So far as I’m concerned, they can drop it. I’m just tuning it out anyway.
So why not Mitt? Marginal as he is, wouldn’t he be an improvement? Quick reminder for all of those who think we should vote for Mitt: Obama was brought to us by the Republican establishment, the same sort of folks that happen to include people like Romney. They were even kind enough to pave the way for him by decimating themselves.
Here’s a quick rundown of the timeline. In 2000, Bush gets into office and promptly runs the whole ‘compassionate conservative’ administration. He doesn’t defend himself against the liberal onslaught. And in our poor judgement, we backed him for as long as we could before the disgust set in. He wins his second term, and his plan to be in power forever by passing Democrat legislation like the Medicare Prescription Drug entitlement to take issues away from the Democrats led his party off a cliff and into minority status by 2006. By 2008, they had fallen from there to irrelevance as that disaster of a candidate McCain finished the job Bush started. This handed Obama all the majority he needed to give us such wonders as Obamacare.
We’re about to get another crack at this with Mitt. If you’re wondering why there’s resistance when you’re trying to ram him down everyone’s throat, it’s because there are real gains to defend in 2012. We don’t need another establishment sort leading the party off a cliff, and they will follow their President off a cliff.
Do not politically resuscitate the establishment Republicans. For so long as they retain real power, the Democrats will get their way. Period. In the majority, in the minority, regardless of how much they control, they win. The only question will be in what degree. This is the reason to oppose the return of an establishment President, because they would just be a variation on the same theme as the failures that came before.
Shrill or not, all the apocalyptic rhetoric in the world won’t mask it.