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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Many Republicans still hate Mitt Romney, even if his (eight-vote-margin) Iowa win gives him a boost as he travels to friendlier territory in New Hampshire next week. And the conservative movement seems determined not to allow itself to be fractured and defeated as it was in 2008 when John McCain captured his party’s presidential nomination.

Despite campaigning for president since 2007, Romney only captured a quarter of the vote on Tuesday, almost exactly the same amount of support he got in 2008. Republicans aren’t having it. But is the answer really the surging Rick Santorum? Certainly, his last-minute Iowa triumph will impress many Republican activists, who are voicing a growing sentiment that they need to coalesce around an alternative to Romney. Fast:

  • AndrewCiccone

    Love him or hate Mitt, he’s a conservative. Any debate on Mitt not being conservative enough is “bull”. Rick Santorum? Well, he’s young and very appealing, certainly the best chance the GOP has of beating Obama. Romney is a good man, honest, ethical and practical.

    See you in November.

  • jimmyags

    Here we go again. In 2008 the far right acted like they had a mandate of the people when in reality they are not.The so called “power base” of the gop wanted their guy but who won the nomination? The moderate in the race. Now Romney is the most moderate and the far right hates him and will do anything they can to stop him. They will keep him from wrapping up his eventiual nomination for as long as they can,thereby hurting their own chances of winning the white house. Keep cutting your noses off to spite your faces, the rest of the country thanks you for doing it.

  • julie

    Anybody who votes for Romney might as well vote for obama. Romney backs plan parenthood like obama and his health care mandate is pretty close to obama care. And will the multimillionaire Romney accept $39,000 salary instead of the $400,000 salary for president. Ron Paul is doing that. The military love Ron Paul. He served his country. When Romney was asked if any of his sons have served their country his answer was they were helping him and their country getting him to be the next president which is not a good enough answer for me.And yes my father is a veteran.

  • Common Sense Patriot

    The results of the Iowa caucus vote is one more instance of proof that the right wing extremists and Christian evangelicals have taken over the Republican Party. Romney eked out a narrow win, better than he originally thought he could do, but if you look at the big picture, the fight was all about who is the most conservative. The votes of Santorum and Paul, and even those of the other radically conservative candidates, add up to about 75% of the total vote. So, from that standpoint, Romney was swamped by a divided bunch of radical conservatives. Romney will probably win the Republican nomination when all the dust settles, but that leaves us in the general election with another ”lesser of two evils” choice between Romney and Obama. The reason there is such a dearth of good candidates in the Republican races this year is the same reason there has been such a poor crop of candidates in every election for the last 20 years – extremists have taken over the Democratic and Republican Parties – left wing ideologues and fanatics in the Democratic Party and right wing neo-Nazi, knee jerk ideologues and fanatics in the Republican Party.
    The reality of political elections is that you can’t get nominated if you don’t appeal to the extremists who control both party’s machinery. The Republican base doesn’t like Romney or any other moderate national, state or local candidate. The Republican base has been taken over by right wing extremists, composed of a loose network of tea party reactionaries, religious fundamentalists, one issue voters (abortion, immigration, etc.)and people so far to the right they make Nazi’s look like liberals.
    This is not just my opinion. Search the internet and you will find a clear plan by those right wing activists, especially when the Tea Party was organizing for the 2010 elections, that advises like minded nuts to become precinct chairs and delegates to the county, state, and national conventions. They quite correctly state that this is the way to power. And they succeeded, at least enough so that they have significant control of the party machinery which raises money, gets out the vote, distributes literature, and holds neighborhood meetings. Most importantly, they are the ones who select the candidates that will run in the primary.
    It works this way in both parties. I know. I was a political activist in the 70s who helped turn Texas into a solidly Republican state, wrenching control from the Democrats. I was a paid consultant and one thing I learned is that the average voter has no idea how politics really works. They complain about the candidates in the primaries and even more so when the general election comes about. They end up voting for the “lesser evil”. They feel they have done their duty by voting, but it is not enough. It’s like starting a race when the other runners have already completed the first lap.
    The same thing has happened in the Democratic Party, only it is controlled by left wing extremist radicals with virtually socialist agendas who despise capitalism and believe in big brother government handing out a never ending cornucopia of money to every hand that’s out to be filled with no thought about where the money comes from or that it will eventually, and nearly has, bankrupted the government (look at what’s happened to the socialist democratic governments of Europe and their financial crisis that is now forcing extreme austerity measures and causing riots).
    The right wing Republicans are just as bad, believing in no government regulation, unfettered capitalistic greed, extremist religious positions (a theocracy), destroying the environment in the name of profits and easy money, and most of all, the preservation and dominance of a politically corrupt uber rich upper class that controls the country. They are crafty idiots. All of them. On both sides.
    Things will not change with all the talk, opinions, protests, editorials, blogs, etc. They will only change when moderates get involved at the precinct level of politics and take back control of their respective parties.
    McCain was a moderate, frequently “crossing the aisle” to partner with Democrats on some legislation, including liberals like Ted Kennedy. That made him hated by the Republican base. He only won the Republican nomination because he started taking more right wing stances and slavishly courted the right wing Republican base. But even after the nomination, his support was lukewarm and he knew he couldn’t get out the party machinery in the general election, so he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, which at least gained him the support of the Republican base. But in the general election, independents and moderates blanched at the idea of Sarah Palin being one heartbeat away from the Presidency, so he lost the election.
    Romney is now in the same position, flip flopping previously moderate and even some liberal views to gain support from the right wing party base. No candidate can win the Republican nomination without it. But once he gets in the general election, he will face the same problems as McCain. The same is true of candidates for the Senate or House, and for state candidates for Governor of state senate or house, even local races that are partisan for mayor, county commissioners and city councils.
    Obama and many Democrats may be unpopular, even with many in their own party, but they will vote for them because they don’t like what the Tea Party conservatives have done in Congress.
    This election is certainly about more than the Presidency. No President can get anything done without strong support in Congress. Nor can any governor without strong support in his/her state legislature. Since radical extremists control both party’s machinery, they will seek to nominate candidates in line with their respective extremist philosophies. Moderates and independents will again have only a choice of the “lesser of two evils.” No matter who wins what race, they are almost sure to be an extremist right or left winger. Today, there is not a single moderate member of Congress, so we deadlock and get nothing done.
    Wake up, America! Wake up moderates! Wake up independents! For that matter wake up if you are not an extremist liberal or conservative. Take back the party machinery. Get off your duffs and save the country from the control of the extremist fanatics!