Opening my email in box this morning, I was greeted with several alerts from Fox News: Romney takes Connecticut; Romney takes Delware; Romney takes Rhode Island; Romney takes Pennsylvania; Romney takes New York. In the first week of this blog (November 2011) I predicted that Romney would be the GOP nominee. Seems I was right when I went out on that particular limb. But all is not sweetness and light for the Republican party.
Newt Gingrich continues his verbal assault. Ron Paul still attracts hordes of supporters. Rick Santorum has not endorsed Romney, and in a recent mailout recently admitted that he’s truly frightened “to think what’ll happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee.” This is in spite of the fact that the press is calling the Romney victory in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania a landslide. News has leaked that Romney and Santorum will be meeting in the first week of May, but even if the former senator from Pennsylvania does endorse Romney, I predict that it won’t come with much enthusiasm.
The liberal, pro-Obama, dyed-in-the-Democrat-wool press will paint this as a problem for the Republican party, and in a sense they will be correct. But it’s a bigger problem for America. We need a real choice in this presidential race and, sadly, we’re not going to get it. I do believe, barring some unforeseen national disaster (real or imaginary), that Mitt Romney will take this election. On the day that Obama was elected I told a liberal colleague of mine at the college where I teach that Obama would not be re-elected because he had set the bar of idealism so high that it would only end in disillusionment. I suspect this is the case among many who previously voted for him. Romney will be their “not Obama” vote, but I don’t believe a Romney victory will be as big as Limbaugh has predicted.
For constitutional conservatives, like me, we have to make a choice. Will we fall in line to save the country and cast our vote for Romney (using the same fingers to hold our nose that we used when we voted for McCain), or will we make a statement and give our vote to a political outsider? It’s a strategic question, really. In a state where the election between Obama and Romney looks close, a person might choose to go with Romney just to say no to the Obama regime. But in a state where Romney has the clear advantage one might mark the ballot defiantly for a third-party candidate or choose to write in the name of Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, or someone else just for the sake of making a political statement to the GOP establishment.
If I’m wrong, and Obama is re-elected, get ready for a Red Tide like you’ve not imagined so far. If Romney becomes president, as I also previously predicted, that must serve as only the first volley in our political revolution to return the nation to the limited government outlined in our Constitution. It will be an uphill battle because the press has successfully misrepresented groups like the Tea Party as racist, out-of-touch hatemongers who selfishly use religious values to oppress the poor. The reality is that these groups are just the opposite.
According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, the number of Americans receiving SNAP (the food assistance once known as “food stamps”) is up 70%, with a projection that this number will continue to rise through 2014. Despite the ignorance and falsehoods expressed by the “mainstream” press, our economic woes aren’t over. This is the disastrous hole into which the Democrats have dropped us and it won’t change magically when Romney takes the White House. In fact, the residual economic suffering after he is elected will quickly be painted by Democrats as another failure of free markets, resulting in a renewal of their socialist battle cry.
Beware: a second term for Romney may well be more difficult to secure than the first. We’ll face that together, and in the meantime, we’ll see how many of my predictions are accurate.