I'm afraid to go to Free Republic
I'll admit it: once a day or so I'll head over to Free Republic for the (right-wing) news. But lately it's turned into the Newt Gingrich fan/Mitt Romney-bashing club. Similarly, there are conservative bloggers I greatly respect who have gone whole-hog for Gingrich - and then I wonder if there's something wrong with me.
Maybe it's the engineer in me but I look at the problem at hand and wonder "what is the solution?" The problem as I see it is Barack Obama who has put this country deep into a chasm of debt, forced Obamacare on an unwilling nation, and resorted to a divisive and cynical policy of class warfare. Mitch McConnell was not wrong when he said our #1 priority should be ejecting Obama from office - a whiner who has never had to do the real work of creating jobs or passing legislation by building coalitions. It's little wonder he wants Congress to just follow the orders of the Commander-in-Chief.
So do I want Romney? Anybody who has followed this blog knows I went all King Lear death scene on him months ago. (Too obscure?) But if the GOAL is to defeat Obama, then the perfect is the enemy of the good. USA Today is reporting that in a swing-state poll, Romney would (barely) defeat Obama and likely win the White House. On the flip side, Gingrich would lose by 14 points - not even close and none of the active candidates has a worse gap. Under what imaginable scenario do the Gingrich supporters suppose Americans would rally behind a consummate Washington insider who has lobbied for Fannie Mae? I don't get it.
Make no mistake: I would have preferred Mitch Daniels or Tim Pawlenty or Chris Christie or Paul Ryan or Scott Walker atop the ticket. But this is what we got and if Romney has the best chance of reaching our goal then, well, he's the best we have.