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A Unified Conservative Front

And then there were three.

It’s mid-December and last night I watched Fox News live from Ames, Iowa.  The die is cast they say and it’s still December, and not a single vote has been cast. State polling groups are already running 2-man polls, ignoring the others. In Virginia we’re only told how Newt Gingrich is faring against Mitt Romney. Nothing more.

It’s a two man race.

My only question is, what became of the 60% solid conservative majority in virtually every poll before Herman Cain dropped out of the race? It’s only been 10 days.

Suddenly Romney and Newt Gingrich are splitting up to 60% of the national GOP vote, or so they say. It’s a fait accompli…they say.

There are several reasons why “they”…who the hell are “they” (a great line delivered by Edmund O’Brien in “The Wild Bunch”)…would want this to be a two-man race at this early juncture of the GOP campaign, especially if Newt Gingrich is one of the two men. They couldn’t have drawn it up better on a blackboard.

This two-man race it is between 1) a self-described progressive, but also a very efficient and effective technocrat from the northeast who actually has less flip-flop baggage than 2) a loquacious shoot-from-the-hip Beltway insider who, of all the candidates is the only one to bring to the table a proven record of leadership at the highest levels of government….as an abject failure. He stared down the Beast, and blinked. In fact his knees buckled.

The media wants this match-up, it’s that simple. The Obama camps wants this match-up. too. It’s their win-win. And the GOP establishment wants this match-up because they believe they can get lucky this time with Mitt, and maybe, just maybe, win with the same formula they’ve been using since Dewey, to draw all the independents over to their side by pretending to have an even newer and improved Ford-Bush-Dole-McGovern candidate. (I can spend five paragraphs telling you what you already know, that this sort of analysis is booshway, it is so yesterday, so pre-2010, than another five explaining to you why the GOP establishment can’t let it go anyway. Like the Left, they just can’t let a losing hand go, even if they know it will sink their ship.)

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have been drawn into this faux contest, each “pulling for” the other candidate in this make-believe head-to-head, Beck favoring Michelle Bachmann, so despising Newt and going for Mitt, while Limbaugh defends Mr Speaker philosophically on the unfairness of the attacks made against him, while clearly nailing Romney’s liberal hide to the wall. Rush continues to titty his cards as to who he does like, but it is clearly one of the three conservatives.

But neither want this Mitt vs Newt WWF prelim to be the main event… and neither do we (I think).

So where did Newt get his new numbers? If you can believe the polls they mostly came from Herman Cain, whose support was as bedrock conservative as you can get, which should cause the Gingrich camp some concern, for what that really means Newt’s getting is the anti-RINO vote until a better alternative comes along.

As it no doubt will.

But for now that Newt very conservative in-yer-face-media talk provides some measure of comfort to many new-to-the-game tea partiers, while, quite frankly I think Newt is further from tea party core beliefs than anyone else on the dais.

So far, Newt’s conservative-walk is working, so it’s no wonder that the remaining three conservatives want most to take back that two-thirds of Gingrich’s support, leaving Romney at under 30%, which is about as much as his wing of the Party can ever muster, even in good times, and which again makes you wonder what RINOs put in their orange juice to believe that moderation, compromise and retreat in the face of danger is a popular stance even among independents.

But When There is Only One?

There will only be one winner here, and I hope it is a conservative. I still plan on it.

But what I cannot plan on is that the other three will stay around to make the conservative  victory secure.

I do have a preference here, 1-2-3, Perry, Santorum and Bachmann, in that order. (A Perry-Santorum ticket would be splendid in fact.) I catch a little grief about putting Rep Bachmann last (even as Beck puts her first), but as you know I have placed leadership atop all other presidential credentials since  Obama revealed himself in 2009. In fact, knowing the kind of road back it would require to undo Obama and the Left, I think she is weak not only on the foreign policy front, but also in working with a Congress where, among many, her star does not shine so radiantly as she says.)

But what of the other four, including Herman Cain? Already people are hinting Herman may be willing to throw in behind Newt, which would be a big let-down for me, not to mention the millions of conservatives today who still pine for his return. Such a move will tell them 1) Herman is not the man of conservative discernment everyone thought he was and 2) in the end, since there will be a bribe-price to be paid to get this support, like Huckabee after 2008, many will ask if maybe Herman was also just in it for Herman, first. I’d hate to believe that.

Each of the losing three conservative candidates will have to confront a choice…follow my personal star, or follow THE star, for each could improve their public exposure and financial situation considerably if they’d only play along, perhaps as a Veep pick (Romney-Bachmann?), a sweet gig at FoxNews or a book deal.

I wag this finger of caution even outside this group, for Gov Bob McDonnell of Virginia is one name bandied about as a Romney pick for VEEP which may well enhance his future political ambitions, but which may also douse them forever as a conservative.

The world has changed, that’s all I can say here. I’m sorry, but these days a choice must be made, and as Mr Newt will soon find out, playing musical beds (sic) will no longer be permitted among conservatives.

This is our Time

(“The Goonies” 1985, and not Barack Obama, 2008, that plagiarizing…).

Imagine the things we conservatives can do if we stick together, “We few, we happy few…”

Let me tell you what conservatives can do, and only conservatives.

We can stop the train wreck. And in quick time. A Republican congress will go along with a strong, decisive president. All he/she has to do is lead. And twist a few arms.

And in doing so we can set statism and socialism back fifty years, and re-hang the light of Liberty over the American manger as the one true beacon of freedom the people of the world will always  have until they are able to grab it themselves…which, under America’s watch, many already have.

But also in doing so we will lose a few million RINO voters. No big deal, since for every RINO we will lose, we will bring over two, maybe three…but not just Reagan Democrats, i.e., moral Democrats, but disaffected union members who still love America. And we will begin to empty the plantation, and the plantacion, all eager to leave, if someone will only give them a hand up and ladder out of the hole the Democrats have dug them in.

That’s in this coming election.

These are all people RINO’s never wanted in the Party, but at a 3-for-1 rate, I think it’s a good deal, don’t you? I’d try to keep them.

This is what just one strong conservative in the White House from 2012-2016 can mean to America and the future of the world.

Just imagine what a legacy of a Unified Conservative Front can mean for the next fifty years.

vassarbushmills
Citizen With Bark On

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  1. When our candidate gets through whatever process this is going to be, I look forward to him addressing those Democrats directly. No holds barred, reality,call a communist a communist, appeal to their better nature and tell them they have one last chance to save their country.

  2. Excellent analysis. The Elite GOP want a Mitt Newt contest, and Obama wants the same thing. The people who actually can and will vote for the GOP nominee do not see it this way. The acronym RINO gets bandied about so much that it is beginning to lose meaning. The only one who is not a Republican is Ron Paul. So much nit picking has occurred, and people are unable to look at the big picture.

    I’m going to compare this process to yesterday’s vote by the Senate GOP. The choice was between a freshman Senator, Ron Johnson, who has a solid core of conservative principles, and a freshman Senator, Roy Blunt, who knew people in DC and how things work and get done in DC. A poor choice was made in a 25-22 vote in favor of Blunt. This same choice is happening in the GOP primary. If it is a Mitt Newt contest, then we have the Roy Blunt type of nominee winning out. If we have one of the others whose last name is not Paul, then we have a Ron Johnson type of nominee winning out. Santorum and Bachmann do not have the executive experience that Perry and Huntsman have.

    I have one prediction that may surprise some (I hope no one tries to revoke my conservative card.) If Huntsman does not exceed expectations in NH and drops out of the race, then he will endorse Rick Perry. I wish I was as certain that Cain, Bachmann, and Santorum would do likewise.

    • Cain made it very obvious early on that he had absolutely no use for Rick Perry (full disclosure here… I am a HUGE Perry fan) so I don’t expect him to throw his support in Perry’s direction… in fact I expect it to go to Romney out of spite, if nothing else. I think Herman is a very small man.
      IMO, Bachmann has some kind of deal going with Romney… my guess is that it is something along the lines of him paying her campaign bills… perhaps DOJ, but if I were betting, I’d bet on the money. He lobbed some softball question at her during one of the earlier debates, the details of which escape me now but are irrelevant anyway, which put that thought on my radar. She’s been carrying water for him ever since. I think, at the time, he figured if she and other conservatives stayed in the race long enough they would prevent the conservative base from coalescing (around Perry) and he, Mittens, could use that to basically run out the clock.
      I have neither clues nor thoughts as to what Santorum might/might not do.
      I find these primary debates to be both distasteful and politically stupid (do they realise they are being stupid?). The Republicans are all standing around taking potshots at each other many of which will be remembered by the electorate in 11 months. And should the electorate fail to remember said potshots, the left and the LSM will cheerfully bring every one of them back to the front pages… above the fold. If they are going to engage in this type of forum, they should do it only with conservative moderators and the format should go along the lines of: “Obama did/said this/that/the other thing. How would you have done/said it differently in order to get a better result?”. That way all the negative focus is on the little pos marxist instead of the guy/girl standing next to you who allegedly wants to bury the little creep as much as you do.

    • That Blunt-Johnson contest proves how slow the weeding out process in the Congress will be. It be way behind the popular curve, if we can keep the heat on for say 20 years. In the House they at least know what the people want, and are mouthing their acceptance. Our job is to tighten the noose. I’d like to see each member primaried. Make them sweat.

      • Agree.

        And to tell you the truth, I’m tickled that our side got 22 votes. That’s a pretty narrow loss, giving me some hope that with the wins we get in 2012, we could finally begin to put the squeeze on some of the DC corruption the old timers are so willing to accept.

        I know if Todd Akin wins MO, he’ll be on our side. As soon as I get a chance, I’m gonna tell you all about him. You’ll like.

  3. My memory, which is no longer the steel trap it once was, is that at some point (perhaps on one of his many interviews on Beck) Herman said he would be willing to be Romney’s VP which to me would indicate political expediency and not shared values.

  4. Great analysis VB and Pil. Yes, loved Cain’s 9-9-9 and courage as a black conservative, but it turns out there are large gaps in his knowledge on many subjects that appears to be due to laziness, which i consider unforgivable. I too favor Perry #1, with Bachmann, 2 and Santorum 3, Newt 4, Huntsman/Romney 5.

  1. When our candidate gets through whatever process this is going to be, I look forward to him addressing those Democrats directly. No holds barred, reality,call a communist a communist, appeal to their better nature and tell them they have one last chance to save their country.

  2. Excellent analysis. The Elite GOP want a Mitt Newt contest, and Obama wants the same thing. The people who actually can and will vote for the GOP nominee do not see it this way. The acronym RINO gets bandied about so much that it is beginning to lose meaning. The only one who is not a Republican is Ron Paul. So much nit picking has occurred, and people are unable to look at the big picture.

    I’m going to compare this process to yesterday’s vote by the Senate GOP. The choice was between a freshman Senator, Ron Johnson, who has a solid core of conservative principles, and a freshman Senator, Roy Blunt, who knew people in DC and how things work and get done in DC. A poor choice was made in a 25-22 vote in favor of Blunt. This same choice is happening in the GOP primary. If it is a Mitt Newt contest, then we have the Roy Blunt type of nominee winning out. If we have one of the others whose last name is not Paul, then we have a Ron Johnson type of nominee winning out. Santorum and Bachmann do not have the executive experience that Perry and Huntsman have.

    I have one prediction that may surprise some (I hope no one tries to revoke my conservative card.) If Huntsman does not exceed expectations in NH and drops out of the race, then he will endorse Rick Perry. I wish I was as certain that Cain, Bachmann, and Santorum would do likewise.

    • Cain made it very obvious early on that he had absolutely no use for Rick Perry (full disclosure here… I am a HUGE Perry fan) so I don’t expect him to throw his support in Perry’s direction… in fact I expect it to go to Romney out of spite, if nothing else. I think Herman is a very small man.
      IMO, Bachmann has some kind of deal going with Romney… my guess is that it is something along the lines of him paying her campaign bills… perhaps DOJ, but if I were betting, I’d bet on the money. He lobbed some softball question at her during one of the earlier debates, the details of which escape me now but are irrelevant anyway, which put that thought on my radar. She’s been carrying water for him ever since. I think, at the time, he figured if she and other conservatives stayed in the race long enough they would prevent the conservative base from coalescing (around Perry) and he, Mittens, could use that to basically run out the clock.
      I have neither clues nor thoughts as to what Santorum might/might not do.
      I find these primary debates to be both distasteful and politically stupid (do they realise they are being stupid?). The Republicans are all standing around taking potshots at each other many of which will be remembered by the electorate in 11 months. And should the electorate fail to remember said potshots, the left and the LSM will cheerfully bring every one of them back to the front pages… above the fold. If they are going to engage in this type of forum, they should do it only with conservative moderators and the format should go along the lines of: “Obama did/said this/that/the other thing. How would you have done/said it differently in order to get a better result?”. That way all the negative focus is on the little pos marxist instead of the guy/girl standing next to you who allegedly wants to bury the little creep as much as you do.

    • That Blunt-Johnson contest proves how slow the weeding out process in the Congress will be. It be way behind the popular curve, if we can keep the heat on for say 20 years. In the House they at least know what the people want, and are mouthing their acceptance. Our job is to tighten the noose. I’d like to see each member primaried. Make them sweat.

      • Agree.

        And to tell you the truth, I’m tickled that our side got 22 votes. That’s a pretty narrow loss, giving me some hope that with the wins we get in 2012, we could finally begin to put the squeeze on some of the DC corruption the old timers are so willing to accept.

        I know if Todd Akin wins MO, he’ll be on our side. As soon as I get a chance, I’m gonna tell you all about him. You’ll like.

  3. My memory, which is no longer the steel trap it once was, is that at some point (perhaps on one of his many interviews on Beck) Herman said he would be willing to be Romney’s VP which to me would indicate political expediency and not shared values.

  4. Great analysis VB and Pil. Yes, loved Cain’s 9-9-9 and courage as a black conservative, but it turns out there are large gaps in his knowledge on many subjects that appears to be due to laziness, which i consider unforgivable. I too favor Perry #1, with Bachmann, 2 and Santorum 3, Newt 4, Huntsman/Romney 5.

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