Off to the doctor’s
…but I wanted to leave you with this: at a $50K per plate fundraiser on Sunday, Mitt Romney told the rest of the “severe conservatives” supporting him that he’s already got the “true believers” — that is, those who watch FOXNews, according to Romney’s characterization — and now we need to move beyond them and concentrate on bringing in the “women” and the “independents” (who are, apparently, necessarily separate species).
More, Romney signaled a willingness to join in with Obama in punishing “the rich” — only, to a lesser degree — using the tax code. Because as we all know, that’s what severe conservatives do — use the tax code to create “fairness” in wealth distribution.
Here’s a unsettling fact: Romney is forever and repeatedly apologetic about his wealth. He simply can’t defend it on any other ground than by parroting leftwing economic assumptions: his wealth was derived from private sector employment meant to save and creates jobs, and it is the purpose of wealth to create jobs for the people (rather than create jobs a mere offshoot of profit motive and a necessity of the wealth creation process for free market capitalism). Romney believes he must pander to various identity groups — following the left’s playbook in dividing us by class, race, sex, etc. He shows contempt for conservatives and the Party base while taking care, when necessary, to pretend he’s not only one of them, but a rather severe example.
But the truth is, he is, in every respect, a Rockefeller Republican, and as such, there is nothing fundamentally conservative about his worldview or governing platform. Conservatives are just another voting bloc he needs to win in order to ascend to power, and he’s shown himself willing to adjust his positions with the political winds.
And promoting a Rockefeller Republican, is being put forward by the GOP as the best way to defeat a Marxist socialist — and in fact, we’re told, the only way, really. Meaning, the GOP believes it takes an unprincipled pragmatic pander to win elections and govern in a way that suits the ruling elite in DC.
– Which, if that’s true, means we’ve already lost.
And I say this as a reminder to the GOP enforcement mechanism — their paid shills and those hoping to become paid shills — who insist that the “purists” shut up, and that it is the “realists” who care about the important stuff, like, eg. winning.
Evidently, whatever schools they went to forgot to cover the idea of a Pyrrhic victory. And confused realism with fatalism, while conflating surrender with fighting.