I was reading some of the show notes on Neal Boortz’s Nuze earlier in the week and this first bullet point jumped out at me:
Beating Obama – ridding our nation of this dangerous un-American anti-capitalist, is far more important than the purity of the ideology of the GOP candidate. This nation would be better off with pretty much any Waffle House cook as president than with Barack Obama.
I’m not totally sold on that thought, but we (the Republicans) might be forced with that choice again just looking at the field. Pragmatism vs. idealism is a topic that comes up from time to time (especially during the elections), but each side paints the other as either willing to whore oneself out in order to advance the agenda down the field, or having one’s head up in the clouds that you can’t see that Boeing 747 heading straight towards you.
John McCain was about as exciting as tapioca pudding, but he was better than the alternative. We’re tiring of being forced to choose between “not as bad” and “really bad”, but it looks like we don’t have a choice. I tend to agree with Boortz on this point:
Do Rick Santorum and Ron Paul seriously think they still have a chance to win? Do I seriously think they don’t? I want Paul to stay in the mix … we need his libertarian influence in the debates. We don’t need Santorum’s theocratic message.
Congressman Ron Paul and Senator Rick Santorum are pretty much long shots now. I do believe that having Congressman Paul remaining in keeps the debate more interesting and forces libertarian issues to the front.
At the end of the day, Republicans will have either Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich as the nominee. Once the delegates cast their ballots and the nomination sealed, the losing sides will have to make up their mind on whether to vote for the nominee or sulk at home because their guy didn’t win. Either vote for the guy you didn’t like during the primary or award President Obama 4 more years*.
*With all due respect, a third party candidate won’t be elected as president in 2012. It just won’t happen.