Remember: the only serious candidates the GOP offered for President
…were Romney, Pawlenty, and Huntsman. The rest who showed up at the debates needed to get off stage and clear the field for the serious candidates.
I think it might have been George Will who told me that. Or maybe Hugh Hewitt, I can’t remember.
Regardless, these are the same kinds of pundits who push for a Lugar and a Dewhurst and a Charlie Crist (who is himself now backing Obama); and yet many Republicans commenting here often openly wonder why I’m distrustful of the kinds of GOP opinion leaders who would tell state voters — be they in Nevada, or Delaware, or Indiana, or Missouri, currently — who is and who isn’t a viable candidate.
I may disagree with the voters in a given state. But that doesn’t mean I want to see them neutered through rule changes or rigged primary schedules or manufactured social media campaigns by the likes Karl Rove, the RNC, and the barrage of useful idiots on “our” side who want nothing more than to break into the ranks of the GOP establishment.
And I would think that people who fall back intellectually on federalism in other rhetorical circumstances would recognize the dangers of centralizing GOP power and then handing the reins of the party off to national political consultants, focus-group leaders, pollsters, and opinion leaders who seem consistently more interested in numbers than they do ideas.
Sorry. It’s time for a change. At least, so I hope.