David Frum is one of your more enlightened conservatives so it was a bit disappointing to read his stated reasons for voting Romney. Among others, we have these two.
a) Frum doesn’t believe Romney and Republicans will really repeal the Affordable Care Act. He writes:
I don’t want to see Obamacare repealed. I don’t believe it will be, not even if the Republicans retake the Senate, which I don’t expect either. Precisely since the universal healthcare law will remain in place, I want to see it implemented by people who see cost control as the first priority – who will grant maximum flexibility to the states – and who will recognize how dangerous it is to finance Obamacare with taxes only on the rich. A law of benefit to all should be paid for by all, for otherwise beneficiaries lose all concern for costs.
How convenient. Frum is a conservative who happens to like much of what ObamaCare attempts to do in reforming health care. His dilemma lies in casting a vote for a guy who has stated loud and clear for the last 18 months that his primary goal as president will be to repeal ObamaCare.
Should the new standard for choosing a suitable candidate be that one praise every part of a politician’s platform we’re in agreement with and discount the parts we don’t like by simply stating, “Don’t worry. He won’t really do it“? If so, then politics has become more of a farce than anyone could have imagined.
Another of Frum’s reasons for voting Romney gives us a clear example of how a non-wingnut conservative goes about making peace with himself.
Rational Frum steps up first…
The question over [Romney’s] head is not a question about him at all. It’s a question about his party – and that question is the same whether Romney wins or loses. The congressional Republicans have shown themselves a destructive and irrational force in American politics.
Exactly right. Frum know this. Everyone with ears, eyes and half a brain knows this. Unfortunately, irrational Frum wins out.
But we won’t reform the congressional GOP by re-electing President Obama. If anything, an Obama re-election will not only aggravate the extremism of the congressional GOP, but also empower them: an Obama re-election raises the odds in favor of big sixth-year sweep for the congressional GOP – and very possibly a seventh-year impeachment. A Romney election will at least discourage the congressional GOP from deliberately pushing the US into recession in 2013. Added bonus: a Romney presidency likely means that the congressional GOP will lose seats in 2014, as they deserve.
Frum’s argument boils down to this: Republicans have been a destructive force in Congress and have obstructed governance in the worst of ways but let’s reward them anyway by putting their guy in the White House because electing the other guy would only give you four more years of the same. Dumb.
Someone needs to inform Frum that there’s a word for what Republicans have been doing since January 2009. It’s called blackmail…and Frum’s suggestion that the electorate pay the ransom by voting in a Republican president to appease the blackmailers is about as ridiculous a reason to cast a vote for Romney as I can think of.
Here’s how a reader responded to Frum’s nonsense.
I am voting for Romney because I don’t like federal aid for major disaster victims. Romney-Ryan will defund FEMA.
I’m voting for Mitt Romney because I also don’t like gub’ment Medicare. Getting a voucher, and paying $6,000. each year to United Health out of my retirement income is what I want.
I’m voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan because of hope. I hope to get a copy of their thingy showing me how to set up investment accounts in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and the Bahamas, so I too can get my federal income taxes below 14% a year.
I will vote for Mitt Romney for change, too. I want to see Social Security utterly gutted and turned instead into a gambling account with my Wall Street broker. Now that’s change I can believe in!
I will vote for Romney-Ryan to drive a nail into the coffin of Federal aid to Education. I’m not betting on US scientists or engineers. I’m all in on the Chinese stock market.
I will vote for Romney and Ryan for their promise to make abortions illegal (except of course in rare cases of blah, blah, blah!), and best of all to prosecute and imprison women having one.
I’m voting for Romney / Ryan because I’m for small business. I see a great opportunity for my travel agency booking weekend trips to Canada or Europe for well-cushioned women. I might even start up a coat-hanger company for the economically disadvantaged.
I’m so gung-ho for small gub’ment that I’ll be votin’ for Romney / Ryan at least 4 times:–once legally,
–once illegally in Ohio (where my buddies Carl Rove and Mitt’s own son Tagg own these wonderful electronic voting machines you can log into via the internet),
–and at least a 3rd and 4th time too, by standing guard at my voting station and challenging some librul-looking longhairs, or a couple of minority citizens by any trickery I can invent. After all, legal Democrat votes prevented are as good as Romney-Ryan votes cast, right?
There’ll be high times in the old town tonite! I’m talkin’ D.C. here, my friends! We just need to lay hold to what’s justly ours – and maybe a little bit of what’s yours, too. Mitt Romney will show the way!
(Of course, if you should happen not to agree with me on my talkin’ points, I guess you’d better be pretty sure you get out of your house, down to your voting station, and cast your vote. ‘Cause this one’s important.)
That last paragraph is pretty good advice.