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“Maybe the conservative alternative to Romney is Romney”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:24 am - March 22, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Conservative Ideas

One of our loyal readers has accused me of having a “man crush” on Mitt Romney because of my largely favorable postings on the Republican frontrunner (in recent days), yet I too have my doubts about the man.  Interestingly, Rush Limbaugh offered views quite similar to my own in a monologue linked yesterday by the Washington Examiner‘s Campaign Roundup.

Rush thought Romney’s Illinois victory speech . . .

. . . was his best, and it reminded me again of Daniel Henninger’s column last year in the Wall Street Journal, which said that Romney was going to have to be nudged to the right. And he was clearly nudged to the right.

He spoke about the economy and Obama’s stewardship of it, and it was really good.

. . . .

And this long primary process has done that [nudged Romney to the right], at least as far as Romney’s public statements. What he really thinks, we’ll find out.

The talker went on to excerpt much of the address, cheering the candidate’s words, but adding a note of caution,

So maybe the conservative alternative to Romney is Romney.  Let’s hope so.  It all boils down to whether he means this.

Indeed.  Now the issue is to make sure Romney sticks to the principles he has been expressing in the campaign.  And there are some grounds for hope.  Should he win election, he won’t face some of the problems he faced in Massachusetts.   He won’t have an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature.

And the Republican Congress he will face will have a far more Reaganesque complexion than has any Congress governing with a Republican president — in my lifetime or even in Romney’s lifetime.  There was no Tea Party in 2000 or 2004.  And the chair of the House Budget Committee wasn’t a thoughtful conservative pushing bold reforms.

Paul Ryan may well be our ace in the hole, the assurance we have that Mitt Romney will stick to his campaign promises.

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  1. [...] “Maybe the conservative alternative to Romney is Romney” [...]

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  2. It undermines Romney’s case, somewhat, when his top adviser is on TV saying that the promises he makes in the primaries are like a drawing you make on an Etch-A-Sketch and will be shaken, erased, and replaced with a new set of promises once he secures the nomination.

    Comment by V the K — March 22, 2012 @ 6:12 am - March 22, 2012

  3. Even if there is a more ‘Reaganesque complexion’ in Congress Romeny will have the powerful Republicans McCain, McConnell, Graham to continue the Republicans Big Government Ruling Class status quo LIKE THEY DID UNDER BUSH and will continue spending like spoiled children in a candy store, will simply tweek Obamacare and expand Medicare rather than repeal Obamacare and reduce dependence and will expand the crappy public school system while further empowering the evil Teachers Unions into their Big ‘Compassionate’ Government fold.

    Plus, a Romney win means John McCain can decry Conservatives as bigots for not flooding the country with illegal immigrants for the purpose of cleaning houses and yards for Ruling Class Country Clubbers who are too cheap to pay while he advocates sending our troops into Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Lebannon, Iran, then get on Liberal TV to bash Romney for being an ineffective warmonger.

    But hey all of this is okay because Romney is better than Obama and-as the saying goes- though the Democrat Party is the Party of Evil, the Republican Party is ONLY the Enablers of Evil.

    And speaking of ‘Reaganesque complexion’ though Republicans hated Reagan do Conservatives remember Reagan’s 1977 CPAC speech The New Republican Party-

    http://reagan2020.us/speeches/The_New_Republican_Party.asp

    the speech in which he ADVOCATES bringing Social Conservatism into the Republican party fold?

    If Reagan is our standard bearer for restoring our Nation (and I believe he is) why then would both Republicans and Libertarians reject Reagan’s Revolutionary New Republican Party by cutting out 40% of the voter base representing the social conservative side of the Party?

    If Reagan was so successful-and he was-then why are we allowing the Republican Party to revert back to Rockefeller Republicanism (Ruling Classers who only care about what is in their fatted wallets rather than what is in the founding principles of the Constitution and rights endowed by the Creator)?

    Comment by Susan — March 22, 2012 @ 9:50 am - March 22, 2012

  4. V, that comment is a nothing-burger. What is Obama going to do, run on his record and say “Hey, look at me! I’ve been exactly what I said I was when I ran in 2008″. The left is VERY pissed at the Big O for not being the guy he pretended he was during that campaign. Many will hold their noses and re-elect him because they feel duty bound to vote for the Democrat, and / or also the colored guy. Many will re-elect him because the guy the Republicans have thrown out there is a “Mormon”… Eek! The Etch-A-Sketch comment won’t mean a hill of beans in two months.

    Comment by sonicfrog — March 22, 2012 @ 11:04 am - March 22, 2012

  5. Paul Ryan may well be our ace in the hole, the assurance we have that Mitt Romney will stick to his campaign promises.

    Exactly. I don’t trust Romney. I trust Ryan, the Tea Party, and the laws of arithmetic that guarantee the coming of (and the solution to) a U.S. sovereign debt crisis.

    Milton Friedman said something to the effect that we don’t want to elect good politicians… what we want to do is, change the climate of opinion so that even the bad politicians feel they have no choice but to support freedom (or small government).

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 22, 2012 @ 11:06 am - March 22, 2012

  6. If Reagan is our standard bearer for restoring our Nation (and I believe he is) why then would both Republicans and Libertarians reject Reagan’s Revolutionary New Republican Party by cutting out 40% of the voter base representing the social conservative side of the Party?

    Um… Hello… Ronald Reagan is dead. Be much better for the party to find someone who is, you know alive. Even the Democrat Presidents after Andrew Jackson recognized that staying in his long shadow was not a great way to get elected.

    Comment by sonicfrog — March 22, 2012 @ 11:09 am - March 22, 2012

  7. Look at the bright side. For all his faults, Romney will NEVER be the Republican version of THIS GUY!!!!! :-)

    Comment by sonicfrog — March 22, 2012 @ 11:36 am - March 22, 2012

  8. “Um… Hello… Ronald Reagan is dead

    And apparently so is his Conservative Revolution?

    In the coming years, I do not want to hear one word of complaint about President Mitt Romney’s Big Government Spending Anti-Free-Market Fiscal Liberalism by those Pragmatics who killed Reagan’s Revolution.

    “Mitt Romney: George W. Bush And Henry Paulson Saved Country From Depression”
    http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=38551#comments

    How can a Fiscal Conservative get out the vote for a candidate who currently says “I keep hearing the president say he’s responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression,” Romney said in front of around 200 people at an American Legion post. “No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.”

    Did not George W Bush say that he had to destroy capitalism in order to save it?

    And yet I am to believe that Social Conservatives are the ‘Nuts’who should be thrown out of the Republican Party if we are to retore sanity in Washington DC?

    The problem with Mitt Romney and the Republican Party is that they abandoned Fiscal Conservatism while bambooozling voters into believing all their problems are caused by Social Conservatism

    Comment by Susan — March 22, 2012 @ 12:08 pm - March 22, 2012

  9. Is this Etch-a-Sketch model the old-school style or the update?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 22, 2012 @ 12:22 pm - March 22, 2012

  10. maybe the conservative alternative to Romney is Romney

    Thinking about that quote again… it’s good. Because maybe that was Romney’s game plan all along: to make people feel trapped, like he’s the only alternative.

    That Gingrich and Santorum both love sideshows (or have trouble staying on message) helped Romney, of course.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 22, 2012 @ 12:57 pm - March 22, 2012

  11. Bottom line: Would Romney be a better President, or, if you’re so inclined, a less worse president than the current one?

    To me, the answer is almost certainly “Yes”.

    My vote won’t matter out here in CA, as this state will go 65 % to Obama, and I will not vote for anyone of either party (with caveat). That said, in my mind, Mitt Romney is a much much more capable candidate than John McCain was. You can be assured that, unlike McCain, who admitted as much during the 2008 campaign, Romney has great command of economic issues, and should do quite well against Obama on that issue during the two or three debates between them.

    Comment by sonicfrog — March 22, 2012 @ 1:07 pm - March 22, 2012

  12. why then would both Republicans and Libertarians reject Reagan’s Revolutionary New Republican Party by cutting out 40% of the voter base representing the social conservative side of the Party?

    Who is doing that, specifically?

    How can a Fiscal Conservative get out the vote for a candidate who currently says “I keep hearing the president say he’s responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression,” Romney said in front of around 200 people at an American Legion post. “No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.”

    Unfortunately, none of the remaining viable candidates are fiscal conservatives.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — March 22, 2012 @ 3:05 pm - March 22, 2012

  13. Unfortunately, none of the remaining viable candidates are fiscal conservatives.

    I would have phrased that:

    Unfortunately, none of the candidates were fiscal conservatives in the first place.

    Comment by sonicfrog — March 22, 2012 @ 4:19 pm - March 22, 2012

  14. If Romney does become the party’s candidate, the best thing we can do is help elect conservative Republicans to both houses of Congress. Obama will criticize the GOP in the House as the source of all the evil in the world, so those of us in districts with candidates running this year should get active in those campaigns as a hedge against Romney suddenly reverting to his Massachusetts morals.

    Comment by Dottie Laird — March 22, 2012 @ 6:08 pm - March 22, 2012

  15. Hey Dan, I got a fundraising letter from the Romney campaign. They sent a picture of him wearing really tight jeans. You want it?

    Comment by V the K — March 22, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - March 22, 2012

  16. Susan @ #8:

    The problem with Mitt Romney and the Republican Party is that they abandoned Fiscal Conservatism while bambooozling voters into believing all their problems are caused by Social Conservatism

    Susan sends along a true breath of fresh air.

    The “establishment” Republicans are still fighting yesterday’s wars while the Obama “government” has changed the battlefield enormously in just three and a half years.

    This is no time to trade war stories and argue over which “traditional” plan of counter attack is sufficient to stay the course. Social conservatism may well be anathema to the leftist revolutionaries who are busy overthrowing the existing order, but social conservatism is not the rot at the core of appeasement with the revolutionaries out to destroy the appeasers.

    When you embark on a mission to convince the cannibals to eat you last, you have already placed yourself on the entree list.

    If Romney does not swing hard right on his fiscal conservatism, he is just another Washington government professional politician who stalls for time until he attains his sinecure and retires as a gutless elder statesman. Remind me again about where the following are today: Fritz Mondale, Mike Dukakis, Ross Perot, Bob Dole, John Kerry, John McCain, Dan Quayle, Al Gore, John Edwards and (soon enough) Joe Biden.

    At least Sarah Palin has the spunk and balls to keep hitting away, John Henry style, at what ails us. In fact, if Sarah Palin were to mud wrestle against a team made up of Chris Matthews, David Axelrod, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, David Letterman, Ed Schultz, Rachael Maddow and Soledad Solyndra Obrien, where would you place your bet: on Palin or the professional crones hyped up with botox?

    Comment by Heliotrope — March 23, 2012 @ 9:24 pm - March 23, 2012

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