Kristol suggested it after attending a fundraiser, which makes me doubly glad I’ve never bothered reading his work. First is that he would give McCain money for any reason and be happy about it. Secondly, he looked at whatever that thing McCain did in 2008 in lieu of running for President and decided he wants more of it. The guy couldn’t manage the wherewithal to even be a proper vote splitter.
It’s just like Romney’s consideration of running again. Neither Romney nor McCain ran the first time. They just bulldozed their way through a primary and then it was all for show. No need for them to change their minds now.
I don’t care that Mitt is trying to play dirty tricks on Trump because he’s pointless. Everyone on the Establishment side wants Trump gone and he’s no exception. I just find it funny that he’s doing something now, instead of in 2012 when he had an actual chance to become President and choked.
How does this man still speak in public after losing to Obama? The guy made Carter look like an electoral powerhouse, had a disaster of a record, and still thrashed Romney. We even had all that false hope polling that didn’t remotely call the election as it was. And ORCA? Excuse me while I use this news as blog filler and then forget he exists again.
You want to know why RINOs can keep being RINOs? One of the foundations of their power theory is right there in the title. It doesn’t matter how miserable they are or increasingly indistinguishable they are from Democrats, we’ll all hold our noses and vote for them. It’s why Mitt is making dumb comments like this with confidence. It’s been mostly true up to this point and this Tuesday we’ll find out how true it remains.
The trouble with this little consideration is that it’s only pragmatism to vote RINO if the RINOs would stop Democrats, if only to a lesser extent than conservatives. We’ve had four years of Boehner & McConnell to demonstrate otherwise, and the six years of the Bush administration previously. We watched Graham vote for the wise Latina and RINOs vote for Obama nominees. Plus that whole Gang of Eight thing just hasn’t gone away.
So why not forget about the whole ‘hold our noses’ thing? Why not put it into the ‘definition of insanity’ category? What assertion that the RINOs will stop Obama bears out? Yes, we should go out and vote, but that would only be under the principle that we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater and cost conservatives or conservative ballot issues down-ticket our votes. As to the RINOs? The cronies wanted them, and they can elect them.
There’s another post on why Romney lost, which includes some turnout analysis by the author. The big one to note is that a significant chunk of GOP base didn’t show up to vote. It confirms what we knew in that Romney lost because he couldn’t turn out the base. So while the Establishment could force the primary to go their way, their candidate enjoyed a concession speech after the only vote that mattered. The one in November.
The base didn’t show up. Therefore, to improve turnout in 2014, the GOP has decided to go for amnesty, gun control, and Internet taxes. Perhaps that whole Obamacare thing will drag us all to the polls as it was supposed to do in 2012 because their insistence on another huge left turn surely won’t.
Seriously, are they seeing only what they want to see? Are they just taking bad advice, or is the thought of us icky conservatives having enough power to decide their electoral fates simply too much for them to bear? They ignored us militantly, and in return we ignored them back in 2012, which resulted in them losing a giveaway of an election. Why then do more of it?