Friday, September 14, 2012

Joe Scarborough;"Romney Likely To Lose.Tough Unapologetic Leader Like Thatcher Needed." Palin 2016?

Joe Scarborough has an opinion piece up at Politico (ultra-leftist "Journolist" site which will happily print something from a Republican attacking another Republican-especially the nominee) "The Problem With Mitt."

The gist of the article, after Scarborough engages in self-congratulatory  passages crediting himself with the abilities of a seer who predicted this sort of outcome in 2003, is that Romney is, well here is Scarborough's description of the will o the wisp that Mitt apparently is;

Scarborough gets right into it in this opening paragraph

"Voters who like moderates can’t trust him. Conservatives who are desperate for victory don’t believe him. And the election Republicans should be winning seems to be slipping further from their grasp.
On Saturday night, I sent out a few tweets predicting Mitt Romney’s defeat if he continued his directionless campaign through November."

To be fair to Romney, Scarborough posits that perhaps he is the victim of bad advice from his campaign team but then discards that idea by excoriating Romney for not tackling the big issues-defense/big government/national debt/medicare. 

Scarborough advises that Mitt would have a chance, and would gain credibility if, instead of a sound bite campaign he got stuck into the big issues from a conservative standpoint. 

I see the core of the argument, and the signal for the path ahead in 2016 if Romney loses,is expressed in this paragraph.

"If we want to win the battle of ideas in the long term, we should be willing to face the fact that Mitt Romney is likely to lose — and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man. Nothing wrong with that, except when you want to be president. Great leaders combine ambition and ideas and conviction.

Margaret Thatcher was tough and unapologetic about what she believed. Ronald Reagan was tough and unapologetic about what he believed. They won their campaigns, changed their party and transformed their countries because they were conservatives who dared to tell voters they planned to radically transform their governments. They got elected and did just" that.

Obviously Scarborough doesn't see Romney as the bearer of this strong conservative message delivered with strength and credibility. It appears that he might see himself as the standard bearer in 2016 who could do so. 

Frankly, if the GOP is looking for another Margaret Thatcher who will lead from a heartfelt core of strong conservative principle that person is another woman in the  Thatcher mould currently in Wasilla Alaska.

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