I have no illusions

Obamney and Rombama

Barring something unforeseen and unprecedented, one of two men will be taking the oath of office next January 20th. It will be either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Either way, the next four years will not be pretty. The choice before us is not good vs. better or even good vs. bad. We have to choose between bad and worse.

By “we” I mean “you”. I won’t be voting for either man. I live in California and if the race here is close enough that my vote could make a difference then Mitt Romney will already be winning in a landslide. I will cast my ballot for a no-hope 3rd-party candidate or write in some clown.

Right now the election is too close to call. The Electoral College math is such that most states will not be in play next November. Very likely the race will come down to a handful of states, any one of which could tip the balance one way or another. I don’t live in one of those states. But if I did and I were asked to cast the tie-breaking vote, I would choose Mitt Romney.

Let me explain why.

Barack Obama’s flaws are numerous and have been discussed here at length. He is temperamentally unsuited for the job and morally unfit. The only thing that has changed from four years ago is he now has experience. It hasn’t helped.

Obama is both corrupt and incompetent. He is a narcissist and a sociopath. He shows no sign of a conscience or any deeply help moral principles. He is divisive. The content of his character is bad.

Mitt Romney has executive experience in both private business and in government. He has proven himself competent at business, his record in government is less distinguished. He is no ideologue or religious fanatic. He reminds me of George H. W. Bush – a country-club Republican from the northeast.

The problem with Romney is more external than internal. I don’t see him opposing a GOP-led Congress. (Right now it looks like the Republicans will maintain control of the House and regain control of the Senate.) But then I doubt that a lame-duck Obama will put up much of a fight either. If Obama is reelected Social Security and Medicare are in mortal danger.

The GOP has been after Social Security and Medicare for decades, but they remain the third-rail of electoral politics. In order to kill them they need a Democrat to hold the knife. Barack Obama is that Democrat.

If President Romney is elected the Democrats will wake up and remember how much they love Social Security and Medicare and how much they hate the abuse of executive power.

The Democratic party has become ossified and corrupt. Obama is a symptom of the disease. Getting rid of him will not get rid of the problem. Before we can rebuild the Democratic party we must get rid of the rot and corruption. It will not be an overnight process.

The voters like variety. After a few years of letting the Democrats run things they switch to the Republicans. If recent history is any guide, a second term for Obama would make 2016 a favorable year for the GOP.

On the other hand, if Romney is elected with a GOP-led Congress behind him, the conditions are more favorable for a Democratic resurgence in 2014 and 2016 – similar to what took place in 2006 and 2008.

Let’s assume for a moment that Hillary decided to run in 2016. Which scenario would be better for her – running to replace Obama or running against an incumbent Romney?

If Obama is reelected Hillary will be forced to defend his record. He will be an anchor on her candidacy, dragging her down. She would be a much stronger candidate running against Romney’s reelection.

Although I used Hillary as an example, the same would be true of any Democrat.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, the next four years are gonna be ugly no matter who wins. The Democratic party needs rebuilding. We might as well bite the bullet and get it over with now.

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18 Responses to I have no illusions

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Our President hard at work today on his To Do List:

    9:15 am ET || Departs White House
    10:45 am CT || Arrives Minneapolis, Minnesota
    11:45 am CT || Tours Honeywell’s Golden Valley facility; Golden Valley, Minnesota
    12:10 pm CT || Delivers remarks urging Congress to act on the “To Do List”
    1:15 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; Bachelor Farmer Restaurant; Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1:50 pm CT || Attends a fundraiser; Bachelor Farmer Restaurant
    2:25 pm CT || Attends a fundraiser; Bachelor Farmer Restaurant
    3:20 pm CT || Departs Minnesota
    4:20 pm CT || Arrives Chicago
    6:10 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
    7:25 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; private residence, Chicago, Illinois
    8:55 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; private residence, Chicago, Illinois

  2. jeffhas says:

    I have believed for some time that the only way Dems will challenge the crisis before us with true Dem policies is to have the Republican win the White House. Our Dems went limp when Obama won – no explanation as to why Liberal policies are better and will work, no defense whatsoever. Instead, it’s ram it down our throats; sh*t sandwich compromises, and ‘We know what you need better than you do’ attitudes and legislation.

    Well – the Dems NEED a comeuppance – and they got one in 2010, but that was just the high winds before the Hurricane if you ask me. Obama must fall for them to have their back against the wall and FIGHT for Liberal policies.

    THEN – Dems will absolutely have to explain THE MERITS of Liberal Policies… and President Romney wil be forced to compromise in these catastrophic times (and he has shown in the past that he will compromise). This scenario does not scare me. Looking back in history, I find this to be palatable compared to elections in the past. That Mitt is suddenly showing he is willing to go to the mat for this job over Obama – and that Obama is being shown as a patsy in the process is just so much frosting on the cake for me….

    and in my book CAKE is always tasty and good…. and I love my empty calories so much, that I like to have a big bowl of hot buttered popcorn before I enjoy my cake…. This year is looking mighty tasty so far I tell ya.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s another illusion ….


    I dread what a second term will be like with a mandate.

  4. yttik says:

    I don’t believe the next four years are going to be ugly. When you’ve hit bottom, things can only get better. Besides, I think what was done to Hillary and the Dem party in 2008 is about as bad as it gets. I will never have to go through that kind of betrayal again or face so many uncomfortable truths.

    As far as things getting “worse,” I’ve got three part time jobs, two new dependents, and we’re raising chickens in the back yard. This is “worse.”

  5. cj says:

    For me, an Obama second term is unthinkable. Our crazy killer-drone preezy is already beyond dangerous now, god only knows what an unfettered BO would look like.

    I’ve pretty much convinced myself to vote GOP for the second time in my life because, whatever else he stands for, at least Romney is an emotionally stable man, and as is becoming ever more evident with each passing day, Barack Obama clearly is not.

    • votermom says:

      For me, an Obama second term is unthinkable. Our crazy killer-drone preezy is already beyond dangerous now, god only knows what an unfettered BO would look like.


  6. DandyTiger says:

    I’m in VA. I’m voting for Mitt. I look forward to helping throw the bum out. But I have no illusions either. Mitt will be bad. Obama will be worse.

    • Oswald says:

      Mitt is the lesser of two evils. Obama is the evil of two lessers.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I’ve seen a few ex-PUMA types lately trying to convince themselves that Romney is TEH EVIL!!1!

        I don’t buy it.

        • WMCB says:

          Romney is not a liberal by any stretch, but he’s a nice, affable, very mainstream guy. Trying to paint him as wild-eyed extremist is just silly. I actually have hope that he’ll be halfway decent on economic issues, and “meh, no worse” on the rest.

    • votermom says:

      After Obama was in office for 6 months, my kid asked me what I thought of his performance so far and I said – “I didn’t think he’d be good but he’s worse than I could have imagined.”

      Maybe this time next year I can say of President Romney: “I didn’t expect much but’s he’s not that bad after all.” *fingers crossed*

    • gxm17 says:

      I’m in VA too and plan to vote for Jill Stein. Do you think VA will be close? Just wondering if I’ll have to take one for the team and vote R again. I’d much prefer to vote Green.

  7. HELENK says:

    in order for the democratic party to become a party of the the American people with American values, the present one will have to crash and burn.
    I do not want a one party system, it is not good for the country be it democratic or republican.
    backtrack and his bunch have to totally pushed out and never have access to public office again. They are a threat to this country and our way of life. If the democratic party can not do this , then a third party with our values must be formed and the democratic party go the way of the whigs.
    Government should be the give and take of ideas that help the people and the country grow.

    For the second time in my life I will vote Republican and feel that I am striking a blow to help this country retain the values that made her great

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