Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Republican Debate in Nevada: the Only Presidential Possibility is Gov. Mitt Romney

--Richard E. Vatz

Sorry for those of you who want the perfect candidate, but as was painfully evident tonight in the Republican debate on CNN, Gov. Mitt Romney is the only serious prospective Republican presidential hope. Want to argue that he was too liberal in governing Massachusetts? Stipulated. Want to argue that his health care program in Massachusetts, even conceding its lack of national adoption imperative, is government-controlled and appallingly wasteful (look at its psychiatric coverage -- oy)? Stipulated.

There is a process of elimination that is a practical necessity: Gov. Perry's knowledge of national issues is limited, and his support of illegal immigrants' educational benefits is itself sufficient to squash his chances. He lacks debating instincts when outside of Texas. Tonight he and Gov. Romney fought for the right of speaking time (Gov. Perry was in the wrong -- where was moderator Anderson Cooper?), but this was an unimportant sideshow, unlikely to affect either one's support or opposition.

Michelle Bachmann, a House member, knows her taxes and is no fool -- not enough. Rick Santorum is at 1%, and his claim that only he can be sure to carry Pennsylvania was simply sad; he should not be in these debates, although he is the only one who brings up critical family issues, such as the need to stigmatize voluntarily fatherless families.

Ron Paul is a very bright isolationist and hard conservative whose views are unacceptable to more than a tiny percentage of Americans. Newt Gingrich personifies why intelligence is insufficient to win presidential elections, but when historical governing issues come up in debates, such as President Reagan and the Iranians, he is unsurpassable.

Herman Cain is so likeable and attractive that no one seems to notice that he does not know the details of his own 9-9-9 plan and can only say to substantive criticisms of the plan, "Look at my website." If he weren't so easy on the ears, his consistent dodge of "apples and oranges" would have begun to make him an object of ridicule.

Gov. Romney would not make the best president of all Republicans, perhaps, but he is the only strong and potentially successful candidate in the Republican field.

If Romney does not get the Republican nomination, it will be due to a politically suicidal urge on the part of conservatives.

Prof. Vatz teaches political rhetoric at Towson University and is author of The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion (Kendall Hunt, 2012)

1 comment:

FightinBluHen51 said...

I beg to differ with you Professor, and I'm sure you (and your readers) will call me crazy for this...but the test for WhichMitt is very simple.

If we changed Mitt's party affiliation, his record would reflect which of his state's fellow politicians? John Kerry!

Mitt has changed positions on everything from healthcare to the second amendment, and has shown from his Northeast Style of Republicanism, that he is nothing more than an oversize big government peg trying to fit into the round hole, with a side of entitlement elite "I'm the last primary looser."

I know these are platitudes, but specifically, as someone who cares not about party affiliation and about correcting the ills of the last 100 year social experiment, I foresee no significant changes with "whichmitt" when drastic, Constitutional and personal liberty changes are needed. (Don't brandish me a Paul supporter, as I have no candidate yet).

Subscribing to the "default" candidate is what has gotten us into this mess, and I, and many of my friend and relatives see whichmitt as he is; one who will talk a small government game, only to be a compassionate conservative continuing to be the foreman on paving the road to hell with his good intentions.

I much rather loose, standing on principles and realistic solutions, than win to only "slow" the degradation of our country.

None of the other candidates are ideal, but so far, their records are at least more desirable than a big government blue blooder.