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Why do Mitt Romney Supporters Have to Compromise to Support Their Candidate?

American politics is all about picking the best candidate among the available choices. I hated Gerald Ford; thought he was awful. But, in 1976, the first year I could vote in a national election, I voted for Gerald Ford against Jimmy Carter because Jimmy Carter was so much worse. In 1980 I was pleased and happy to both support and vote for Ronald Reagan. In 1988, I voted for George Bush Sr., believing once again that it was a vote for the lesser of two evils. His administration was a very pleasant surprise. I can still remember Rush Limbaugh’s parody, “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iraq.” When operation Desert Storm was over, our family stood across from General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. in Philadelphia for the biggest parade I had ever seen.

Fast forward to 2008. The best candidate was Mitt Romney, so I supported him. This was more depressing than 1976, because Gerald Ford was picked by Richard Nixon, not the electorate. When John McCain defeated Mitt Romney, I voted for him in the general election without enthusiasm.

Now it is 2012. John Kyle, Rick Rubio, Pat Toomey and other great, well-qualified men are sitting on the sidelines. At this point, whatever you think of them, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich have no chance. The race is between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum is the better of the two men. While there are ads from both men that disappoint me, the outright fabrications are coming from the Mitt Romney supporters.

Rick Santorum’s greatest weakness is that his during his time in the Senate, he should have taken a stronger stand against excessive government spending. However, Mitt Romney’s record on government spending in Massachusetts is no better. Mitt Romney, as governor, had to support and/or sign bills he actually disagreed with. He has had many opportunities to explain why he made some of these decisions as Governor and as far as I am concerned, he has not done a very good job of explaining his positions.

The fibs his supporters bring up again and again all center around the false concept that we are opposed to Mitt Romney as a person. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here is a list of hard-core reasons for not supporting Mitt Romney. And yes, even today he is better than John McCain.

1) As Sandra Day O’Conner pointed out, he is not a very good Mormon. America was founded on the Judeo-Christian ethic. Speeches from George Washington to George Bush make frequent references to God, pray to God, ask for God’s guidance and blessing as well as repent of sin. You may search for a long time without finding anything in Mitt Romney’s speeches to follow in this tradition. On this issue, he would be no different from Obama.

2) He signed gun control legislation. There are 80 million gun owners in the USA. That is an enormous voting block to offend for a man who calls himself a conservative. In spite of this, Ann Coulter and Ted Nugent have endorsed Mitt Romney. Ted Nugent made his endorsement Friday evening. In less than 48 hours there were several petitions with thousands of signatures (at least that is what the circulators of the petitions claim) asking Ted Neugent to resign from his position of NRA board member. Ann Coulter is facing an organized boycott of her products. Unofficial, individuals within the NRA are claiming that Mitt Romney is a greater threat to gun ownership than Barack Obama because Mitt Romney has actually signed several pieces of antigun legislation. Barak Obama would have, but he has never had the opportunity.

3) He appointed liberal judges as Governor, passing over conservatives. Though he says now that he would appoint judges like Roberts and Alito, he does not mention Clarence Thomas or Antonin Scalia. Why? Mitt Romney looks at Alito and Roberts as more moderate. Scalia and Thomas are too conservative for him.

4) Ann Coulter calls Obamacare and Illegal Immigration the “make or break” issues of this election. On the Illegal Immigration issue, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are close enough to ignore the issue. But Obamacare is really nothing more than a national version of Romneycare in MA. Romneycare even requires private health providers to provide free birth control, like Obamacare.

5) Rick Santorum is not making social issues the focus of the campaign. The media and Mitt Romney are. Every media event Rick Santorum attends, the social issues are the only questions these people ask. Rick Santorum has principles he is not going to compromise so he is forced to resort to short canned answers to questions which he has answered thousands of times already. Then he moves on.

Why do Mitt Romney’s supporters ignore these enormous issues and falsely claim that we have some sort of personal, unreasoning animosity toward Mitt Romney? I read a list of these personal attacks in an Ann Coulter piece defending Mitt Romney which ended with “are these the best arguments the Romney haters have?” Coulter says in the piece, published on her website February 22, “Purely to hurt Romney, the Iowa Republican Party fiddled with the vote tally to take Romney’s victory away from him and give it to Rick Santorum — even though the ‘official count’ was missing eight precincts.”

We are not Romney haters, those are not our arguments and to falsely claim that they are is dishonest. The only reason I can think of for relying on this straw man type of attack is that you are defending what you know in your heart is indefensible.

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Political Termites

Termites: tiny creatures invisibly destroying massive buildings from the inside. Did you every meet anyone who got involved in politics for what they could get out of it? Most low-level politicians either work for free or almost free. They do the job because they honestly believe they are helping people.

At what point do they succumb to temptation and make something for themselves? With some politicians, they enter politics with no personal principles. They simply start out taking the easy road to personal rewards. But most people do not start out corrupt. Somewhere along the campaign trail or after they get into office they make a decision. That decision might come when someone takes them into a room and “explains” to them the way the “system” works. It could be some type of personal temptation, usually sexual or financial. But with most politicians, the pressure to do “greater good” overwhelms personal principles. They cannot help anyone unless they are in office. So they do what they have to do to get or stay in office.

It does not have to be just individual politicians, either. States at the end of the Primary voting season see that their votes do not count. By the time they get to vote, all the competitors have dropped out. In 2012, 33 states and territories, including the District of Columbia, moved their primary or caucus date forward, even though the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed rules forbidding voting before April 1, 2012. Arizona, Florida and South Carolina defied the rules even further. For those who moved their voting date, the RNC cut the number of delegates in half and required that they award their delegate proportionately instead of winner-take-all. Arizona, Florida and South Carolina awarded all their delegates to the winner. In South Carolina Newt Gingrich had 40.4%, Mitt Romney had 27.8% and Rick Santorum had 17%. In Arizona Mitt Romney had 47.3% to Rick Santorum’s 26.6 %, a difference of 8 delegates. In Florida Mitt Romney had 46.2% to Newt Gingrich’s 31.9%, a difference of 16 delegates.

In Iowa, Mitt Romney was originally declared the winner by 8 votes out of a total vote of 121,394. He was awarded one extra delegate because he was the winner. After the votes were certified, effectively recounting the votes, Rick Santorum was declared the winner by 34 votes. However, the state election board made this announcement very late on a Friday night, declared the election a tie and awarded the same number of delegates to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

In Michigan, delegates are awarded by popular vote per congressional district. Winning big in one district does not help you out in another district where you narrowly lose. Though Mitt Romney won the popular vote, in delegate count by congressional district, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum tied. According to Michigan law, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum should have an equal number of delegates. However, in violation of Michigan law, the Michigan Republican Party awarded Mitt Romney an extra delegate, taking one away from Rick Santorum.

Normally, these small “irregularities” would go unnoticed because the winner would be determined long before the final primary and few delegate votes here or there would go unnoticed. After all, each one of these is only a little termite. But with the possibility of a brokered convention looking more and more likely, these results certainly appear as if the fix is in for Mitt Romney.

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The Presidential Primaries as of February 2012

This round of Republican Primaries is called wacky, zany, strange, unpredictable and frustrating. It is also the most important election in my lifetime (born 1956). There is no way I can predict tomorrow, much less the election, so this is just a collection of wacky observations of others. These are more or less random thoughts of insanity. I am not documenting any of this, because it is so crazy and might be completely different even before we can publish this.

Newt Gingrich is in the lead in the polls in Georgia, Alabama and California. Ron Paul had a brief lead in Texas, but I could not verify that. Rick Santorum leads in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois (At this time it does not matter. Illinois votes March 20). Mitt Romney is expected to sweep the “Mormon Corridor” (Arizona, Utah and Idaho). Who came up with that name? I know a lot of people in Idaho. They are all voting for Ron Paul. At least, that’s what they say. New York is equally divided between Rick Santorum (upstate), Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich (NYC).

The RNC has not yet taken action against Florida for awarding Mitt Romney a “winner-takes-all” of 50 delegates. The RNC rules require all elections before April first to be proportional. Arizona is also going to award delegates as winner-take-all. Steps the RNC is considering are: 1) Refuse to seat the Florida and Arizona delegates in the first round of voting. 2) Simply award Florida and Arizona’s delegate votes proportionally regardless of how the actual delegates vote. 3) File lawsuits against Florida and Arizona. I believe what will actually happen is: 4) nothing. The Arizona and Florida delegates will roll into Tampa and vote as if nothing happened.

Conservative, pro-family, anti-birth control Rick Santorum was just endorsed by the Rock Group Megadeth. (Eh?) Mitt Romney is reportedly outspending Rick Santorum more than 100:1. Yahoo just predicted Obama would win re-election 303 to 235. It’s a computer model, so it must be wrong. The Federal-spending limit will be reached in October, 2012. Newt Gingrich has pledged to stay in the race until the convention “no matter what.” What does that mean? Hillary Clinton reportedly wants out of the Obama administration. Does she seriously want to head the World Bank?

Head to head polls have Rick Santorum as the only Republican candidate to defeat Barak Obama. Will that hold? Unemployment, which includes those who have stopped looking for work, is around 20%. Figures which include the underemployed put the rate over 40%. Voters under 25 years old are very discouraged and not likely to vote for anyone. This is horrible news for liberals not at the top of the ticket. This is their primary voting block.

Personal freedom and moral values are listed as the driving forces for the vast majority of voters, Democrat as well as Republican. Economics is second, foreign policy, including wars, is third.

Every single one of these points could change before this is published. Interesting.

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By the Numbers

The popular vote in 2008 was [Barack Obama] 69,456,897 to [John McCain] 59,934,814, respectively, according to Wikipedia. As we travel back and forth, up and down, we have talked to thousands who testify that they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but will not vote for him again. This time around they just will not vote for anyone. Some of them will change their minds and vote for him in 2012. The issue is how many is “some.” The 2008 election saw a record turnout, which will not happen in 2012 unless something drastic happens. Since the out of power party usually makes a small gain, slightly over 60 million Republican votes are likely. It is very doubtful that Barack Obama will have even 55 million legitimate votes. Ron Paul is very likely correct that whoever wins the Republican nomination will win the general election.

The 2012 Republican Convention requires 1143 delegates to win the nomination. The state of Virginia has 49 delegates for this convention and only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are on the VA primary ballot. These 49 delegates are almost 5% of the total needed. With so many candidates and no candidate having even 30% this gives Mitt Romney and Ron Paul a tremendous advantage over the other candidates.

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