We are 335 days from Election Day 2012, facing a formidable opponent, and we are still flailing around. A neighbor asked me if I really thought that we could beat Barack Obama and I confidently said that we could – but that’s not in the bag yet. We still have to overcome our squabbling and back-shooting that weakens us all. How could we loose you say? This is how:
Bad Scenario #1: Conservatives are working themselves into a frenzied froth over Mitt Romney. Many are swearing not to support him if he becomes our nominee – really? My current choices for President are (1) Rick Perry, (2) Anyone but Mitt Romney or Ron Paul, and (3) Mitt Romney. I’ve held my nose before and I pledge I will do it again. I love my country too much to allow Barack Obama a second term. If you are painting yourself into a box about not voting for Romney – do yourself a favor and stop painting. If the Senator Kelly Ayotte (Conservative – VT) and John Thune (Conservative – SD) Romney endorsements become a trend – you had better get ready to eat some harsh words or loose the White House again.
Bad Scenario #2: The TEA movement has been a blessing and a curse. Their popularity is about even with that of Occupy Wall Street right now. As regular visitors know, I have no ideological differences with the TEA movement, but rather my differences are with tactics and strategic vision. Where Republican candidates have met the TEA litmus test they have been helpful (some might even say decisive). However where a Republican didn’t meet such a test or where the TEA movement bubbled up their own candidate the effect has been catastrophic. Going into the next election I doubt there will be as many people pandering to the TEA movement as there were in 2010. In many areas a TEA endorsement may still be relevant; in
Northern Virginia (and a host of other places) it will be toxic. It will matter how the rank and file members take that. If they return to wherever they were during the 2008 election cycle we could get similar results. However if they band together with their natural allies in the Republican Party, it might have a dramatically different result than 2008.
It is not too early to be working for a candidate. I was at the Bolder-Fresher Tour in
a week ago Friday and Ron Paul supporters were working the crowd. Mitt Romney supporters have been gathering signatures to put Romney on the primary ballot for several months now in Richmond . Virginia
The bottom line is (with apologies to Ben Franklin) “We must hang together or surely we will loose this election.”