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Election Inspection: Heebie Jeebies On The Right

11 September 2012 @ 14:23

From Byron York’s column of last evening over at The Washington Examiner [tip of the fedora to Wombat-Socho’s Live At Five]:

Mitt Romney and his top aides are running an essentially faith-based campaign. Whatever the polls say at the moment, whatever the pundits say, whatever some nervous Republicans say, Team Romney simply does not believe President Obama can win re-election in today’s terrible economy. The president may appear to be defying gravity now, but he can’t keep it up through Nov. 6.

“While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly,” Romney pollster Neil Newhouse wrote Monday, as some Republicans approached a state of panic over President Obama’s post-convention bounce. “The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama Presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race.”

Meanwhile, Republican nervousness is spreading and threatens to turn into a stampede. For months, GOP strategists have told themselves that no president since World War II has been re-elected with an unemployment rate above 7.2 percent. But some are beginning to wonder: What if Obama can do it?

… there’s a lot of second-guessing among Washington-based Republicans. For example, why in the world did Romney go on “Meet the Press” on Sunday? What did he expect to gain from it? Instead of any expected benefit, most of the news coverage focused on Romney’s statement that there are features of Obamacare that will also be in his own health care plan. It wasn’t news — Romney has said that before — but it generated lots of headlines like “Romney would keep parts of ‘Obamacare.’ ” That was entirely off-message for a candidate who daily promises to repeal Obamacare.Other conservatives accuse Romney of retreating from the boldness he showed by picking Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. After a brief stretch of a broader, more energized campaign, they say, Romney has reverted to his natural cautiousness, and the campaign is slowing down as a result.

“I thought the Ryan choice was a clear announcement of a new strategy,” says one well-connected Republican not associated with the campaign. “But what seems to have happened is the campaign has drifted back to the position that this is just a referendum on Barack Obama. At some point, you have to earn the presidency.”

If this is true and Team Romney is expecting MAGIC! to happen, then they are in for a very rude awakening — and we are in for a boatload of misery, because, even if we gain control over both houses of the Congress (1) Obama will be more emboldened to rule by decree and (2) as long as the McConnells and Boehners are in power, our side will never mount a serious effort to restrain him [forget about impeachment].

You do, indeed, have to earn the Presidency and you also have to keep your eye on what your opponents are up to. The ones you face are the most immoral ones that have ever run a campaign for President. They feel no restraints on their actions because, for them, the end — maintaining power and control — justifies whatever means are necessary. What makes them more dangerous than your garden-variety corrupt pols is that they believe that ‘they’re on a mission from God’, to be ironic. They’re True Believers. They believe they are the Enlightened Ones who are the only people capable of bringing about Heaven On Earth. They are fanatics.

For good or for worse, Mr. Romney, the hopes of all true, patriotic Americans are in your hands at this moment. You wanted the Nomination and you got it. And with that comes an enormous responsibility, one that you cannot treat arrogantly or blithely.

In writing about the overtly and flaunting pro-Obama sentiment at Politico, Stacy McCain writes:

The “news” at Politico is all about gloomy clouds for Romney, while the sun is always shining in Obamaville.

Do not be deceived, and do not be discouraged.

I am not and I will not be by any pablum the MSM pukes out — I got their number. However, if Team Willard does not change it’s attitude, my Black Dog will be uncontrollable.

Goddammit Mitt, don’t screw it up.

  1. M. Thompson permalink
    11 September 2012 @ 18:29 18:29

    To quote the illustrious Sen. Blutarsky: “What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”

    That’s the attitude to take for the next couple of months.

    • 11 September 2012 @ 19:50 19:50

      All well and good and right that we conservatives take that attitude, but we can only do so much. Team Willard has to step up to the plate and, the question is: will they??? Well…as Stacy McCain said last year: at least he’ll make a noble and decent concession speech.

      • Adobe_Walls permalink
        11 September 2012 @ 20:00 20:00

        Laura Ingram is right.

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