Is the GOP braintrust really hoping to nominate for President a Ted Kennedy Republican?
Which, don’t blame me for that designation. You chose the anchor, and you chose to tie your ship to it. Metaphorically speaking.
As others have said, when the Left was given the perfect storm in 2008 to elect a President of their choosing, they went all in and helped place a far-left ideologue into Office.
Given a similar scenario today, alternately, the GOP is trying to put forth — against the demonstrable (and electoral) will of its base — a man who rejected Reagan, declared himself “moderate,” “independent,” and “progressive,” evinced the kind of statist mindset that allowed him to support and champion top-down state run health care (and TARP, and Cap and Trade, and stimulus…), and had the political savvy to tie himself very publicly to Ted Kennedy as a friend and collaborator.
All of which leads me to believe the GOP has no real desire to move the country back toward first principles, or even conservatism, but instead wants its turn to manage the lucrative federal Leviathan, and in so doing assure itself immeasurable power to reward its friends and cronies.
This won’t end well. It can’t.