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Mitt Romney's Nuclear Winter
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After the initial laydown of nuclear weapons in a nuclear war, there was a theory that the debris from the tens of thousands of nuclear explosions will darken the skies, and although radioactive, cause a seasonal change to a long, dark (and radioactive) winter.
And so, as the Michigan primary approaches, the Mitt Romney machine is regenerating its nuclear forces to strike the “Not Romneys.” This time, ground zero is Rick Santorum. And, although he already glows in the dark (he has so much “baggage”) Newt Gingrich will get fragged too.
The signs are that the Romney machine will attack with impunity, as evidence the pro-Romney PAC Restore Our Future’s near-$500,000 ad buy in Michigan alone. According to Politico’s Burns and Haberman, the ad buy is part of “bringing the [Romney] hammer down” on his opponents on a national scale.
Here's an an example of the Romney nuclear attack, this time on Santorum:
The negative air attack of the Romney machine begs the question: Will Romney win the nomination by making the entire conservative movement a gigantic smoking hole?
Consider Newt Gingrich. He’s been a warrior for the right for four decades. In the process, he has held leadership roles where he has had to govern. In governing, there is always a give-and-take process, and Gingrich hasn’t always been “pure” to his conservative ideology. Neither has Santorum, whose pro-union votes in the Senate have caused suspicion. But, like Gingrich was negotiating with a shrewd Bill Clinton, Santorum had to deal with a pro-union constituency in Pennsylvania. No one engaged in actually governing can be as pure as Romney’s air attack campaign presumes.
Neither is Romney that pure, of course. He had to govern the sheep of Massachusetts who favor trading personal liberty for heavy-handed government nurturing. But Romney’s resume covers only four years of governance. That’s not a very large, target-rich territory to exploit, even if Gingrich or Santorum had the money for a counter-offensive.
And so, two leaders of the conservative movement will have their reputations destroyed in order for a moderate, non-movement establishment Republican to win the nomination.
Absent Gingrich and Santorum and their “baggage,” surely another advocate of the conservative movement will arise from the ground that glows, but who? And who will really want to tarnish their brand on the national stage articulating conservative ideals in Romney’s Nuclear Winter?
I know Sarah Palin won’t.
Sarah Palin expresses what many on the right believe: That Romney does not hold the core convictions of a pro-liberty conservative. She wants the war to wage on. But she isn’t offering any help. It may tarnish her brand to do so. Here’s what she said about that at CPAC last Saturday:
Absent the resources to fight against the Romney machine, Palin advocates other candidates, Gingrich and Santorum, to spend whatever money they can raise, along with their reputations, slogging it through Romney’s Nuclear Winter. What is more, absent a Palin endorsement of one or the other, she expects them to fight from the disadvantage of splitting the conservative base between the two of them. She wants to fight on to the Tampa, FL convention as necessary, and broker the damned thing. She says that competition is good. I agree, but only when it’s fair competition.
In light of Palin’s instructions, the former Alaska governor, whose brand could raise literally tens of millions for the “Not Romney” candidate, will not lift a finger to help Santorum or Gingrich in this impossible quest she advocates for them. She says, go it alone fellas. ‘Cause I told you to go forth. Palin’s instructions sound a lot like God’s to Moses, except Palin is no God. And at least God endorsed Moses. Palin endorses no one, except her own ego.
Where was Palin when this war started? I’ll answer: Starring in a silly, unserious reality television program, glorifying her image. That’s when Rick Santorum started his long march to the frontrunner status, arduously touring all 99 counties in Iowa, thrice. Newt was on a tour of the Greek Isles, but that’s another story. At least Gingrich had skin in the GOP nomination process, which is something Palin does not.
Grover Norquist, on the other hand, has a more pragmatic approach to Romney’s Nuclear Winter. He says that all of the candidates, including Romney, are running as Reagan conservatives. To Norquist, that’s a victory for the GOP because there isn’t much air between each candidate’s enunciations of the Reagan agenda. Norquist suggests that perhaps Romney really isn’t that terrible. The word “conservative” is, after all, on the Romney campaign bus, right? Here is Norquist’s take on Romney’s Nuclear Winter:
Radio talk show host Mark Levin, a Virginian, says he will probably vote for Romney in the primary. He cannot fathom marking his ballot for Ron Paul, the only other choice he has in his primary. No other candidates qualified for the ballot in his state.
On his Friday show, Levin put forth an interesting theory. In 2008, CPAC-like conservatives flocked to Romney in an attempt to unseat John McCain from frontrunner status. Three years later, Romney’s advisors created their strategy based upon the assumption that the conservatives would come back. So, Romney ran toward the center too early, and rebranded himself (in contrast to Gingrich, Santorum) as a moderate, unworthy of the conservative movement’s love and adoration.
As the GOP nomination process plays out, Romney will utterly destroy Santorum and what is left of Gingrich with a war chest of money that no one except President Obama can match. In the process, he will probably do much harm to the conservative message, and create vast, emotional divisions in the party.
Some may argue that these fractures can be repaired because of the desire to defeat Obama. I disagree. This Romney Nuclear Winter will emotionally divide the conservative movement to the point that no unity will exist in the fall, especially around the madman who nuked them.
Candidates and campaigns are more than just the candidate himself. A campaign consists of people who are actively spending time and treasure projecting their hopes, dreams and ideals upon the candidate who they support. When Romney attacks a candidate, he is nuking that candidate’s surrogates and advocates too.
With their ideas still glowing in the aftermath of the Romney Nuclear Winter, many of these conservatives will sit on their hands, remembering that Romney trashed them. They will watch Obama win in 2012, and await 2016, when the Nuclear Winter is over. So then too will be Romney.