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February 15, 2008

Et Tu, Romney?

By now you have probably observed that I am a big Mitt Romney fan.  There are few things Romney could do to damage my faith in him, but he managed to find one of them; Romney endorsed John McCain.

Now, to be fair, I understand the politics of it all.  I understand that Mitt wants to preserve his political future and as a party leader he is expected to fall in line with the party politics now that the nomination is all but wrapped up.  I understand that Romney is committed to party unity and whether we like it or not, McCain is our guy.

Having said that, I still don't like it.  I'm not a fan of John McCain.  I cheered Mitt on when he fired off his attacks on McCain's leftward tendencies.  I was with him completely when he argued that we need a Conservative in the White House and that McCain is no Conservative.  I can't help but feel a little betrayed.

Look, I'm gonna vote for John McCain if he is our nominee; I won't deny that.  But I also don't want to shove the last year and a half under the rug.  I don't want to ignore the fact that our party and the Conservative movement has a major problem in John McCain.  I had hoped that the man who is in the best position to really become the next big Conservative leader, Mitt Romney would have taken a bit more of a stand on this.

Wishful thinking I suppose.

I'm writing angry, never a good idea.  I'll stop now.


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I have a question for Conservatives who claim that there is something honorable about not voting for McCain. Who spend more of their time beating down a fellow Republican, while ignoring the extreme liberal forces that are about to kick their butts completely out of every branch of government.

This is not just about who will be President for 4 years. It’s about preventing a complete washout of all conservative influence.. How is having only 50% of McCain’s ear worse than having zip out of a liberal dictatorship who thinks all conservative thought is archaic?

What is honorable about sitting on your butt at home, refusing to vote – allowing all branches of government to be swarmed by RABIDLY liberal opponents who have vowed to undo everything conservatives have fought to achieve over the past decade?

I hear endless whining and griping from Conservatives – while the extreme liberals, who are bent on reversing every conservative principal – out number us at the polls nearly two to one. Is that principal or is that do conservatives just have a death wish to see our country turn to the extreme left (who has no problem getting their hind ends to the polls)..

What is so conservative about beating down the (soon to be) nominee who supports our troops, instead of the extreme liberals who insult our troops and degrade them every single day in front of the entire world?

By punishing John McCain for not being conservative enough – you are really punishing all conservatives by making absolutely sure they will be governed by radical, rabid liberalism for the next 4 to 8 years.

By stomping your feet and refusing to help, you in turn assure that the laws of the land will have few conservatives in a position of power to stop a runaway liberal train that will further infiltrate our school, explode your tax burden and socialize every part of your life it can.

If you must be dragged to the polls, then don’t bother complaining when our courts are swarmed by the liberals who will put judges in power.

Please think twice before punishing the rest of us conservatives, who may not love McCain, but are smart enough to realize the living nightmare that will ensue, if things continue on the path they are going.

I see nothing conservative about being so focused on the anthill, you completely ignore the volcano that’s about to wipe your entire cause out. That is not principal. That’s political suicide. Will conservatives ever learn?.

Danny Vice

Danny, you are certainly not alone in this sentiment. There are many already angry with the disenfranchised Conservatives for not happily hoping on the McCain Train.

I can't speak for all of them, but let me give the the score from where I sit.

Remember that November is still a long way away. And while Conservatives are fussing now they are still going to vote and they are still going to be involved with the campaign (though maybe not quite as much as they would with a Conservative candidate). So don't fret that Conservatives are going to sit home. Some might, but most won't. We're Conservatives and that is not our style.

I do think however, that many have underestimated just how upset Conservatives are. Yes, we understand that McCain has his good points. We understand that. We certainly understand that he is better than Hillary or Obama. However, Conservatives are frustrated over what this says about our party in the future. Conservatives are not being short sighted in their objections to McCain. Quite the contrary. The fear is that our party is moving left for the sake of electability. if McCain can win this year. What is to say that the party doesn't start leaning towards nominating those candidates in the middle in the years that follow?

But again, this won't keep Conservatives from voting for McCain when the time comes. We've got nowhere else to go.

Time to raise a toast, to the late William F. Buckley, Jr. Let's gather the The Gauntlet for a scotch, or ale, or whatever you prefer at Fidler's Green in Winter Park, or some other suitable establishment, to celebrate the life of this great man.

If you want Mitt to run for President again (and believe me - Mitt and Huckabee are already looking at 2012), then he needed to make this endorsement.

If you want his career to be over, by all means, let him be known as someone who sabotaged the nominee.

I'd be with you if McCain hadn't done exactly that in 2000 when Bush had secured the nomination.

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