Race to the Bottom

Posted on February 29, 2012


It appears at this point going forward, that no GOP candidate is going to have a Super Majority of delegates at the Republican Convention in Tampa.  My position now (for what it’s worth) is that I don’t really care who winds up with the biggest pile of delegates and that I don’t have a dog in the hunt, either.   It’s possible that I might vote for Ron Paul – but unfortunately in California, that would be relatively meaningless because California is a ‘winner takes all’ primary state.  All Ron would get out of it would be a few more theoretical arguments to the Platform Committee, that he has supporters that want his positions to be taken into consideration as the party focuses itself on the general election against Obama.

The main thing I wouldn’t want to see happen in August, would be an even weaker candidate to be thrust upon the delegates, thus almost virtually guaranteeing that a large slice of the GOP base would lose enthusiasm for effecting a regime change against Obama.   I’ve heard, and I’m sure you have as well, some talk about characters like Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels.   That would be a travesty to the whole election process.   Some would argue, “well, you wouldn’t mind if a more conservative alternative were brought forth in a brokered convention”.   Yes, that is correct and I’m not being inconsistent.

Anyone with a proper understanding of the thinking of GOP voters understands that the only reason Mitt Romney hasn’t yet and won’t ‘close the deal’ is because the party base doesn’t know if Mitt has ‘gotten religion’ on conservatism, or is merely attempting to sell us on the idea that he has.   The rest of the candidates still standing are collecting delegates on the premise (ostensibly) that they are more conservative than Mitt Romney.  This has been described by political observers as the ABM impulse – ‘Anybody But Mitt’.

For the party establishment and its utopian elite overlords to swap out the nominee at the convention with a candidate that is even more malleable and committed to do their bidding, would be a gross bait and switch on the voters and the rank and file.  Short of anything really strange happening, we will most likely wind up with either Romney or Santorum when all the dust settles in Tampa.

On one of the signature ‘litmus’ issues, Immigration, Romney is at least talking a good talk.  He said the following in the last debate in Arizona:

“I think you see a model in Arizona. They passed a law here that says — that says that people who come here and try and find work, that the employer is required to look them up on e- verify. This e-verify system allows employers in Arizona to know who’s here legally and who’s not here legally. And as a result of e-verify being put in place, the number of people in Arizona that are here illegally has dropped by some 14 percent, where the national average has only gone down 7 percent.

So going back to the question that was asked, the right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn’t doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one. I’ll also complete the fence. I’ll make sure we have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence.

And I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers, and to check E- Verify. And if an employer hires someone that has not gone through E- Verify, they’re going to get sanctioned just like they do for not paying their taxes. You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration. It’s time we finally did it.”

No matter who gets nominated – on enforcement of the Rule of Law, smaller government, equitable tax burdens, restricting military activity to a definable national interest, a domestic- centric energy policy and so many more critical matters that face America – we’ll have to step up and hold that newly elected President’s feet to the fire.

The Republican Party certainly isn’t going to do it.