In December, the Republicans had the future presidency in their hands, now they are in danger of throwing it away.
Obama was clearly beatable. The pundits had to look back to Franklin Roosevelt to find unemployment levels as high as January 2012 levels and swing states — Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania — seemed well within the Republicans’ grasp.
Anxious to present the Republican Party contenders, the Republican Party allowed multiple debates to take place. The debates conducted by liberal moderators dragged the candidates further and further to the right. The Republican base was becoming more and more detached from the American mainstream.
The Tea Party core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets helped elect the 2010 freshman Congress. Social issues were not an important part of that success. The debates haven’t added to the successes of 2010.
Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul became forced spokesmen for: abortion should be illegal in all cases; gay marriage must be banned even in states that want it; illegal immigrants, even those who have lived in America for decades, must all be sent home; the people who lack health insurance have only themselves to blame; global warming is a conspiracy; any form of gun control is unconstitutional; any form of tax increase must be vetoed; Israel can do no wrong and the Palestinians can do no right; the EPA should be abolished.
Grassroots activists must step back and realize that a hardnosed list of social demands and an insistence for solvating issues that could wait until 2013 will not prevent Obama from having a second term. It will deadlock the selection of the Republican nominee and throw the July convention into a stalemate. The real Republican candidate may not surface until late August, allowing two months to run a winning campaign.
Each day this circus flourishes, the Democratic spin machine creates sound bites like “a women’s right to free birth control” and regains a segment of lost voters making Obama stronger.
More and more, conservative Americans are getting tired of the selection system and desire to rally around a candidate to beat Obama.