Supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are exuberant over a pair of high profile departures from the 2012 Republican presidential race.
With both Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump bowing out of consideration within the last forty-eight hours, Romney becomes the clear front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination – a sad commentary on the status of the current field of candidates.
Well, sad for everybody except Romney supporters …
Chris Slick is director of online operations for ACT! for America, a right-wing group that revels in stoking anti-Islamic passions. He’s also a rabid Romney volunteer in his spare time.
“What a GREAT week for Mitt Romney – and it’s only Monday!” Slick told FITS. “Huckabee is out, now Trump says he won’t run.”
“Today is Governor Romney’s National Call Day and we are all dialing for dollars!” Slick continued. “Today we demonstrate our ability to raise excessive and ungodly amounts of cash while other candidates are still pattering about in bumfuck, Iowa somewhere. No one can come close to what our machine can do. No one.”
Wow. Somebody cue the Darth Vader leit-motif …
Anyway Romney, who is leading in most national polls, could have been facing a disastrous week. After all, last Thursday he delivered a poorly-received health care address aimed at convincing Americans that his socialized medicine plan was good for Massachusetts while U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine plan is bad for the country.
Needless to say, that’s a delicate tap dance … particularly for a candidate who has already flip-flopped on gun control, gay rights and abortion.
Romney’s latest display of convenient ideological malleability ordinarily would have cost him in the polls – but in light of Huckabee and Trump deciding to exit the race he’s now likely to pick up some support. Also, the last time we checked nobody was discussing his health care plan.
“We aren’t overly confident,” Slick tells FITS. “We saw how that played out for us – and McCain – last time. We are cautiously optimistic. The governor is doing all the right things at all the right times.”
As die-hard Romney opponents, we loathe the prospect of him becoming the GOP nominee by default. He’s nothing but a polished political chameleon who will say anything to get elected, and his ascension to the GOP nomination would be an unmitigated disaster for Republicans (no matter how “electable” Romney may be).
Seriously … how can Republicans claim that they are serious about fighting the creeping socialism that has infected our nation’s capital if their presidential nominee provided the blueprint for one of its most notable advances?