Mitt is inevitable — we have to get behind Mitt – he has the greatest chance of beating Obama.
That’s an excusable position to have if you’re a Republican senior in Florida who’s been inundated with a blizzard of anti-Newt ads and you have no memory of the 1980’s and/or no acquaintance with the right-wing blogosphere, where you can find the corrected record. Romney’s scorched earth campaign against Newt has been so full of over the top, hypocritical distortions – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it in a Republican primary. Mitt is making as many bitter enemies on the right, as he will have on the left if/when he’s the Republican nominee. How does this make him the best candidate to beat Obama?
RWNs’ John Hawkins polled conservative bloggers on their choices in the Republican primary race. The results in a 4-way match up were encouraging for Newt:
1) If you had to pick the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee today, which of the following candidates would you select?
4) Ron Paul: 11.6% (8 votes)
3) Rick Santorum: 21.7% (15 votes)
2) Mitt Romney: 31.9% (22 votes)
1) Newt Gingrich: 34.8% (24 votes)
But out of three choices, Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich, Romney won with 39.1% of the votes.
And he blew away the competition as the most “electable”.
4) Which candidate do you consider to be the most “electable” against Obama?
4) Ron Paul: 2.9% (2 votes)
3) Rick Santorum: 10.3% (7 votes)
2) Newt Gingrich: 32.4% (22 votes)
1) Mitt Romney: 54.4% (37 votes)
I’m shocked that there are so many conservative bloggers backing Mitt, and that in a 3-way race, he wins.
Dan Riehl has a message for those of you who are backing Mitt: Wake Up, Conservatives: Mitt Romney Is Running As A Leftist:
Mitt Romney is doing precisely what Progressives and the media do year after year. He is unable to debate honestly on conservative ideas and win. Scratch the campaign pressed and ready veneer and Mitt Romney is center-Left. If he were in the White House, he’d be crafting legislation with Democrats and liberal Republicans, not conservatives.
George Soros agrees: Romney = Change That Matters Little.
There is an alternative to this – those of you who should know better. Either Gingrich or Santorum are substantially more conservative than Romney, and both politicians would have a good chance of beating Obama in the Fall. We’ve seen the underdog win before, as Riehl argues:
What the Reagan era and victories demonstrated was that conservatism can win based upon ideas and principles. I don’t believe that’s changed in America, even if we currently lack top notch genuinely conservative political leadership. But it’s sad to see so many would be conservatives either abandon principle to support Romney, or perhaps to not understand what conservative principles even are.
And Melissa O’Sullivan recently noted in NRO, even her liberal friends are impressed by Newt’s rhetorical gifts:
Electability? The gender gap? Two very liberal women friends of mine who voted for Obama have come up to me recently and said they like and would vote for Newt. Why? Because he’s “so damn smart”!
But for some reason, we’re going to let the establishment bully win? William Jacobson writes Romney is winning his battles, but losing our war:
Newt rose in the polls in the fall on a positive message of not attacking fellow Republicans. Newt’s great moments in fall debates were refusing to engage when debate moderators sought to pit candidate against candidate. The message of a united front against Obama and a bright conservative future resonated with the Republican electorate like nothing else.
Romney had no positive message to sell or at least was not good at selling it, so in Iowa Romney, his SuperPAC, and the Republican political and media establishment launched Scorched Earth I on Newt, what David Limbaugh appropriately called “relentless, unmeasured scorched-earth savagery.”
The attacks on Newt were highly personal and deliberately demeaning, eiptomized by National Review’s notorious “Marvin the Martian” issue.
Even then, Newt tried to stay positive in Iowa until the last few days, and Newt paid the electoral price.
Ever since then, it has been downhill, with Newt launching negative ads in South Carolina and Florida and Romney unloading with far greater resources. Some of the ads run by or for Newt have been as negative as those run by or for Romney, if only in smaller doses. The rhetoric has escalated on both sides.
But make no mistake about it, the reason the Republican campaign has turned so nasty and so divisive is because the Romney campaign and its supporters decided in Iowa to win at any price, a theme which continues to this day even if it means embracing Nancy Pelosi and distorting the history of the Reagan revolution.
This will not be put back together easily. The smugness and condescension are salt on open wounds.
Why are we letting the bully, win, conservatives?
Jimmie Bise: I’m For Newt, and Here’s Why.
Legal Insurrection: No, Newt did not endorse the Obamacare mandate
Legal Insurrection: A glimmer of a glimmer – The latest polls show Newt closing in…
Could Mitt’s scorched earth tactics be backfiring?
It may be backfiring big in the Cuban community. Dan Reihl reports: Reaganite Fla. Cuban Leader Backs Newt, Blasts Mitt For Distortions
Keith Koffler: Newt Gingrich Takes it to the Establishment
Read it – he’ll make you giggle a little, and we all need to lighten up a bit.