Do I Have To Vote for Mitt Romney?

About a month ago, Jackass supporters were trying to stir the pot by putting up Mitt Romney as the only candidate Obama was afraid of. This was when Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry were contenders in the polls. Now that both have fallen in the polls and only “impossible” candidate Herman Cain is in the lead, the Republicans are now touting the idea that Romney is inevitable.

Governor Romney is a real establishment Republican. He’s also fairly conservative, especially on the Tea Party-friendly tax issues. The problem is that a lot of the base isn’t as interested in issues as they are in the kind of power structure that tends to take the power out of the hands of the voters. Plus, Romney is a flip-flopper and he thinks money is the sole determinant of electoral victory.

His organization goes back to the last decade, where Republican control of Congress created a lot of incumbents who took the Contract with America and rewrote it as a contract with big donors. The party lost big, but the organization of party insiders made sure they were okay. Romney is using a lot of those old hands, especially since Perry is the only other one with a lot of corporate connections.

Obama’s minions used a strategy toward Democrats in 2008 that told them to vote for him or get the awful McCain-Palin ticket. They were evil because they were Republicans. Forget the fact that McCain and Palin were some of the most outspoken Republicans on party corruption. Obama never criticized the corrupt money in the Democratic Party, especially when he was taking millions from untraceable donors.

Romney has a strategy for winning the Republicans nomination. Now that much of the delegates will be distributed proportionally, he can gain about 1/3 of the primary vote in each state and slowly run out the funds of other candidates. Even if an opponent “wins” a state, Romney will be sure to get a significant piece of the delegation. If he gets the nomination, 2010 tends to show that the Tea Party is loyal enough to the Republican Party to pick the guy who’s not Obama. You can’t say the same for the establishment. Look at Mike Castle and Lisa Murkowski.

My opinion has been that Mitt Romney will have two major competitors. This is also Romney’s best chance. His threshold in the polls is about 40% among Republicans. When it comes to a binary choice between him and Obama, he’s got just enough “support” to win. If he’s the nominee next November, a lot of people will vote for him, wishing they didn’t have to. Now’s the time to make sure that doesn’t have to happen.

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20 Responses to Do I Have To Vote for Mitt Romney?

  1. Mary says:

    OMG. Look at this:

    New Rasmussen Poll: Obama 39 Cain 34

    How did that happen?

  2. WMCB says:

    Ugh. Mittens. I hope to hell they don’t nominate him. Watching and waiting to see how hard I’ll have to pinch that nose to vote for ABO.

  3. WMCB says:

    OT, but if you’ve a mind to, please sign a petition to the Iranian Embassy urging them not to execute this man.

    Iranian pastor Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009, has been given three chances to repent and convert to Islam. All three times he has refused. Nadarkhani was given his fourth and final chance to give up Christianity on Wednesday, which he again declined. No verdict has been announced, but many expect that he could be put to death as soon as Thursday.

    http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=88&ea.campaign.id=12209

  4. ralphb says:

    HotAir has a Fox poll which has Romney, Perry, and Cain essentially tied now. It’s worth a read. FWIW

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/09/28/fox-news-poll-romney-23-perry-19-cain-17/

  5. DandyTiger says:

    I won’t vote for mittens, even as a protest vote against Obama. He’s the same. He’s owned and run by the same organizations and machines. There’s no difference. If they nominate mittens, I’ll vote third party.

    • WMCB says:

      I might, if it’s Mittens. I live in TX, so it’s not like I’m in a swing state.

      • DandyTiger says:

        It’s looking like VA will be swing, though I’m thinking right now it will be pretty solidly R. So it might not matter. But if it’s coming down to the wire, and it will matter, I might change my mind. Decisions, decisions.

        • DandyTiger says:

          The strategy of if they don’t give you a choice, just change them out every election just to mess with them might be the best thing to do…

        • WMCB says:

          Well, I said I’d vote for a three-legged blind herpetic goat to get Obama out of there. The only debate is whether Romney is worse than the goat. OTOH, Romney would be starting from scratch to do shit – whereas I shudder to think what a lame duck, never has to face re-election again Obama would do for 4 years.

        • Karma says:

          So if enough of us write in “three-legged blind herpetic goat” can we get stats on how well he did?

          They did report Nadar’s results….lol.

        • Nell says:

          As a MA resident, I’d vote for Romney in a heartbeat — not because I like him as a candidate, but because I’d love to see Obama get “Scott-Browned” here in Massachusetts.

          Obama would be the first Democrat to lose Massachusetts since Adlai Stevenson lost to Eisenhower in 1956.

          Great Goddess of the Abyss, that would be sweet!

        • votermom says:

          OTOH, Romney would be starting from scratch to do shit – whereas I shudder to think what a lame duck, never has to face re-election again Obama would do for 4 years.

          Yeah. Plus at least I would expect the Dems & the Tea Party to publicly oppose Romney if he goes too obviously corporatist.

    • Karma says:

      And clearly Perry is on their short list. Spotted his Time magazine cover this afternoon and thought about the contrast of Palin’s first cover running for high office.

      Perry’s

      http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20110926,00.html

      vs

      Palin’s

      http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20080915,00.html

    • Karma says:

      Spammy caught me….multiple links.

  6. Monster from the Id says:

    No, I don’t. I voted Green in 2008. I plan to vote for a 3rd-party or independent candidate in 2012 as well; I will need to wait and see who runs to decide which one.

  7. yttik says:

    “If he’s the nominee next November, a lot of people will vote for him, wishing they didn’t have to”

    Isn’t that the truth? Let’s hope people don’t have to make that choice. However, they will certainly make that choice if they have to. I think McCain taught conservatives a real lesson, you can’t just stay home. I don’t think that will be happening again in 2012.

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