I agree with what Mitt Romney (I think – maybe it was Huntsman) said in one of the opening GOP candidate debates; any of the people on the stage, then and now would do a better job of rebuilding this country than Barack Obama.
I’m not thrilled with Romney; I think the Gingrich camp’s attacks have verged on the hysterical, and swerved way too far into Alinsky for my taste; Romney certainly did the same in return. And I’ll allow that there’s some context to his very “moderate” record in Massachusetts; a legislature that verged on Maoist, a state that was so far to the left that John Huntsman would have looked like Gengis Khan. Still, that’s what we have to go by – that, and his impressive business and executive record.
And Ron Paul? I used to be a Big-L Libertarian. And Ron Paul certainly has uncovered the wellspring of inner libertarians – big and small “L” – that I always knew was out there. I’d love it if Ron Paul were both a viable candidate and a credible choice for President. I sincerely hope Rand Paul becomes both in the next four to eight years.
But tonight I’m going to caucus for Rick Santorum. Not because I think he’s necessarily the best candidate – his record on spending and economic issues is adequate-to-good; he’s most famous as a social con, and his credentials there are truly impeccable, but it’s not my turf.
But I’m doing it mainly because if Mitt Romney really is “inevitable”, at least he’s going to know at least one GOP activist – and every one I can convince to follow suit – isn’t handing over his support merely because Mitt’s got a “GOP” behind his name.
Promise to repeal Obamacare? Start listing cabinet departments that’ll be cut? In addition to the parts of the Romney platform that do make conservative sense (and there are parts)? We can talk business.
But for now? Romney’s not inevitable with me. Not yet.