The GOP’s race to the bottom carries on and the man who once said,
“I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.”
…reaffirmed his position as the Inevitable One. Mitt Romney won Super Tuesday which should not have been a surprise to anyone. Romney had this thing wrapped up three months ago but is being dragged further to the right by his fellow candidates, Gingrich and Santorum, who refuse to leave the race.
Gingrich is hanging in there because of a) an oversized ego which fuels just about everything the man says and does…and b) the millions of billionaire backer, Sheldon Adelson. Those two factors alone will keep Newt in his
book tour presidential race for as long as the money lasts.
And what keeps Rick Santorum trudging on? This: he honestly believes he’s been chosen to sweep down from his lofty perch at the right hand side of God and save America from itself. He does. He believes this. Santorum might talk about budgets and deficits and Iran and other domestic and foreign policy issues but they’re not his main concern. Nope. He wants and needs to save you from the gay, abortion and contraceptives. He wants and needs to restore America to some fictional, moralistically perfect time which he believes once existed but which in truth exists only in the sick, little mind of a sanctimonious jerk.
As long as Rick Santorum keeps on winning a state or two as he did last night, he’s not going anywhere.
Combine the presence of those two bozos with Romney’s desperate need to prove his conservative bona fides and you’re left with a man forced to adopt extreme right-wing positions on just about ever issue. In a normal nomination race, a candidate can edge back toward the center once he or she is chosen as their party’s nominee. Not this time. A Republican base which is already dubious about Romney’s conservatism will eat him alive if he ever attempts to retreat an inch from his stated positions.
Yep, it must suck to be a Republican these days but as long as they believe in an America which believes in millions of Americans who believe in an America of millions of conservative Americans who believe in Mitt Romney who believes in anything and everything that millions of Americans want him to believe…well, you get the idea.