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Mitt Romney's Nuclear Winter

Feb 14, 2012
Joe Hyde

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Mitt Romney's Nuclear Winter

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?

Nuclear Winter and Mitt Romney

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.

Bombs away!

 

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Romney is a weak candidate

Feb 14, 2012 8:55 pm
Carol Lawrence

Romney is a weak candidate and the GOP establishment should not try to shove him down our throats. I believe you are correct, that a lot of conservatives will sit on their hands during the election. Romney has been trying to buy the race. I think a brokered convention would be the best thing and run someone else. The 4 candidates simply give me the willies. However, Romney and Paul are the worst.

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It's getting too late in the

Feb 14, 2012 9:43 pm
Tom Thorn

It's getting too late in the game to see if any of these 'not romneys' have the chops to be the frontrunner. I agree with your assessment that the romney campaign is going to utterly destroy the santorum-gingrich challengers. I don't think that the end result is any kind of nuclear winter, tho. Most people who will be voting in the general are mere spectators. They aren't picking sides, if watching much at all. Once romney wins the nod, expect him to win the whole thing. His campaign is doing an excellent job of fundraising and executing the plan to win. Not all bad. We want someone who can run a campaign that will be a match for obama's billion dollar campaign.

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Joe,

Feb 14, 2012 10:16 pm
Vickie Doherty

Joe,
This a great column.

I share your perspective regarding Sarah Palin. Most conservatives view her with adoration but I found her somewhat superficial.I noted that she made no effort to support Gov. Perry and yet his positions on all of the issues were closely aligned with hers. Is it what is best for America that she seeks or is she driven by personal ambition?

Will a brokered convention produce a better candidate? Or will we get another establishment choice? Would any of these people put the future of America first and draft Gov. Perry?

Our country is headed down a socialist/Marxist path under Obama and I don't think any our current candidates have the strength, leadership abilities or core convictions needed to restore America.

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Thanks Vickie. My mourning

Feb 14, 2012 10:13 pm
Joe Hyde

Thanks Vickie. My mourning days for Perry are almost over. I am sort of ready to cheer for Romney. He has obviously run the best campaign, and I don't want to see Obama re-elected either.

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Joe,

Feb 14, 2012 11:08 pm
Vickie Doherty

Joe,

I will continue to support Perry because I believe he is the best man to lead our country. However, I will vote against Obama in the general.

You are one of the few conservatives whom I have heard speak in favor of Romney. Actually,I can understand why you might consider him as the best choice.

There is a current headline and video featuring Gov.Perry at www.thehill.com. The headline reads "Perry says he will return in 2016"

I agree the prospect of 4 more years of Obama is terrible to contemplate. The alternative of the possible 8 years of big government Republican leadership isn't great either. I have decided to vote principle in the primary and against Obama in the general.

You do have a good point about Romney having run a good campaign. But keep in mind he has been running for a few years and had some experience under his belt from his last run. It is also to his credit that he has what appears to be a good marriage and a great relationship with his kids. His wife has MS and had breast cancer and she is one nice lady. Romney has stayed by her side and that says something about him. But, I can't imagine he will govern as a conservative and the Romney Care is a lot like Obama care.

A lot could still happen in this race so we will wait and see.

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I think that Mitt Romney will

Feb 15, 2012 8:26 pm
Tom Thorn

I think that Mitt Romney will seal the deal in MI and AZ, roll into Super Tuesday from a really strong position, and finally put away the other two. They are becoming pests on the way to beating Obama.

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At this point, I don't know

Feb 15, 2012 2:52 am
Jane Schofield

At this point, I don't know what will happen next, or who will get the nomination. We may even have a brokered convention, and the candidate will be someone not in contention now. All I know is that none of the present candidates seem right. I have to disagree that this will help President Obama. In the last election, President Obama rode a tsunami of goodwill and unreal expectations. Since he took office, things have not gotten better, and he now has a not very good record to run on. This time people will demand that they know more about him. We know how President Obama governs, and if we don't get him out of office this fall, our country will never be the same.
I have also almost gotten over my disappointment about Rick Perry. Similarly, I think people will quickly get behind any Republican candidate.
I also feel that you are being too hard on Sarah Palin. She was John McCain's mistake. He was looking for someone to give his race a boost, and he chose a person with very little experience. She was thrown into the political fire too soon. People didn't just go after her. They made endless gross and untrue accusations, and even trashed her son Trig and other children. They published books about made up sexual encounters, spied on her from next door, hacked into her cell phone, etc. I have never felt she was ready to be president now, but I have often felt that it was a miracle that she kept her sanity.

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I cannot feel sorry for Palin

Feb 15, 2012 9:41 pm
Joe Hyde
I cannot feel sorry for Palin. She quit and then waited around to see if she should run for president. You don't quit being a governor to be a reality TV star and then ask the people to elect you president.
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Palin knew she wasn't running

Feb 16, 2012 1:13 am
Stephanie K

Palin knew she wasn't running for POTUS and she should have been up front months before in order for her supporters to be ready to back someone else.

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