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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Establishment Republicans Are Deaf So Let’s Imagine It’s 2008…

Here’s the Nonsense:  The Republicans are doing everything they can to pick the best nominee to run in the presidential election.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  The establishment Republicans aren’t hearing the message and are headed for a devastating loss because of it.

Imagine that it’s the 2008 primary season and Barack Obama was running for the nomination.  And imagine that he was having trouble winning his primary races by any significant margins in most states.  Just think what it would be like if he had to spend 3, 5, even 10 times as much as his challengers just to win each primary race.  Add to that that he used the vast monies he spent to primarily run vicious attack ads against his Democrat competitors and not talk about substance.  Then we also must realize that he only wins by slim margins, except in a very few states.  Let’s also imagine that he just can’t get the core progressive base of the Democrat Party to embrace his candidacy.  What would his chances be in the general election?  What chance would he have to really hit his competitors so hard that it would give him an automatic chain of victories and set up momentum that could roll him all the way into the White House?

If all that had happened to him in 2008 we would probably not see him as the incumbent right now.  In fact, the Democrats probably would not have embraced him as their nominee in 2008 unless they thought he could really trounce the Republicans.

Now let’s move forward in time to today.  Today we have the establishment Republicans who aren’t objective at all about their favorite candidate.  The establishment Republicans are pushing so hard to get their candidate nominated that they refuse to see the handwriting on the wall. 

What handwriting is that?  It’s the handwriting that says, “It’s the candidate, stupid!”  It’s a message that is saying to them that they are blind if they don’t see that Mitt Romney is going through exactly the same nightmare I just outlined.  Yet no one is listening.

Yes, Mitt Romney impresses some people, but for the most part it’s all the wrong people.  He can’t excite the base of the Republican Party and the longer they wait to wake up to this fact and admit it to themselves, the less chance they have of choosing a nominee who can actually beat Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney, as I’ve said to the point of sounding like a broken record, just won’t be able to cut it against Obama in November.  This isn’t personal.  This isn’t in support of some other candidate.  This is simply a fact.  And unless and until the Republicans accept this fact there will be no chance of them retaking the White House in November.