OK, so it is Romney. Yup, we’ve had another establishment guy foisted upon us. Now conservatives have to find a way to carry this blue blooded Romney fellow across the finish line against Obama, even when his mouth is shooting off conservative toes. . . because the main thing is the main thing. Dammit it is hard to be a grown-up but . . . Nobama!
Most conservative and small government folks are ticked off right now and rightfully so. But what do most of us really know about all this grass roots stuff? I mean, really, so many of us are fairly new to it. We are finding our way through a process that will take years. It was never going to be easy, no matter how determined we are. Perhaps we’ll learn from this that you have to be inside the party before you can be on top.
I think about the conservative/tea party folks and the degree to which they have become engaged in the political process. That wasn’t true for most of us a few years ago. I looked at the candidates list for Texas yesterday and I find many of the incumbents have a primary opponent, in some cases multiple opponents. In many local elections, small government candidates are stepping up and that matters a lot. Don’t you see this in your own state and city?
On the federal level, there are 7 candidates to replace Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. At least 3 of them have real tea party cred. I think Ted Cruz is going to win and that he will be awesome. Having another Rubio type in the Senate is a very good thing.
I read Pilgrim’s piece today on UP and it gave me a real lift. Yeah, in our righteous impatience we might think the 2010 frosh GOP class failed but you know, many of them really tried and many of them came to congress with the idea to be citizen legislators. They didn’t need the money or the grief. Isn’t that worth a hell of a lot? It is, and what they need is to be held to the cause. A few more reinforcements would help, too.
The hurry up activists among us are making a mistake condemning the people who are less motivated. Isn’t it, as our own Mr Bushmills would say, a “law” that only 10% or less of any group will take on a leadership role to make a significant difference? I challenge you to look at your workplace, church or any other organization and deny the 10% law. So we must bear in mind, like it or not, we go to war with the army we have.
There are things I don’t like about Mitt Romney, but I’m hoping he will prove to be something better than he has been. I’m praying, just as I prayed for the other 3 horses that were shot out from under me in the GOP primary. Stay in faith, patriots. We’ve got a mountain to move.
From this day forward, until Mitt takes the oath of office, I will speak no ill of him. That’s my own law, for the next nine months.