If you told me two months ago that Willard Mitt Romney stood a very good likelihood of sweeping the Republican primaries, I think I would have tried to refer you to a good therapist. Then Romney squeaked out a win in the Iowa Caucus, ran roughshod over his opponents in New Hampshire, stands a good chance of victory in South Carolina, and is poised for an absolute route in Florida.
I do not say this with any enthusiasm. Romney is, after all, the guy who got beat by the last guy who got trounced by Barack Obama, and nothing about Romney has changed. Only his opposition has gotten weaker.
- Michelle Bachmann never caught fire, seemingly a bit frightening and extreme in her views.
- Jon Huntsman was and is “Romney Lite,” with few personally defining positives.
- Rick Santorum was all but forcefully ejected by his constituents in his last election, and has proven to be a big government social conservative every bit as interested in dictating your life as Barack Obama, just from the opposite political extreme.
- Newt Gingrich, the “angry little muffin,” has a path of immorality both public and private a mile wide.
- Rich Perry, governor of Texas, has made a strong of unforced errors that dropped him from front-runner to also ran.
- And Ron Paul is, well, Ron Paul, America’s crazy uncle.
So now it appears that were are, absent a huge and disqualifying scandal in the next few days or weeks, on the very of selecting the big government, position-changing, Obamacare-model-creating liberal Northeast Republican Mitt Romney as the Presidential candidate to run against the big government, position-changing, Obamacare-creating, crony capitalist Chicago liberal Barack Obama.
It’s almost enough to make you want to pack a good towel and hitch the next ride out of the solar system (if only Dennis Kucinich wasn’t driving).
I’m not sure how it happened, but the Tea Party got screwed out of having a decent candidate to support in 2012. It’s too damn bad that whoever the Conservative Party is putting up would only split the vote. We’re stuck.
And I don’t like it one tiny bit.