There are a lot of interesting trends in conservatism right now. Libertarians are surging through Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty. Fox News is the most watched news channel in America, with conservatives like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck pulling in viewers left and right. Scott Brown, a Republican, has taken Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts. Governor’s seats in Virginia and New Jersey have turned red. All of this has happened since the election of Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008.
So with all of these things happening, why would you support the guy that lost in a near landslide two years ago to Barack Obama?
To express my prejudice from the get-go, I’m a fan of Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. I voted for Romney in the primaries in February 2008. I focused my gaze squarely on Palin’s name on the ballot when I voted for McCain in November 2008. Seemingly, they were the diamonds in the conservative rough.
But let’s get back on track. McCain lost and he lost bad. He was the “maverick,” the moderate Republican that this center-right nation wanted, wasn’t he? Apparently not. Pegging McCain as the icon for “more of the same” couldn’t have been easier. And it didn’t help that McCain was an old white man who angered his base rather than rallying them. He even considered the possibility of running with a one-term strategy because he would be too old for a second.
From this, it seems obvious that McCain is in the sunset of his political career. There would be no shame in him hanging it up and retiring to his lovely Sedona ranch. But at this point, he wants to keep going until he’s reached a clearly defined end, I suppose. As we’ve seen, Americans have a case of anti-incumbent and anti-liberal fever. So it’s possible that J. D. Hayworth could provide that end for McCain in the primary.
Now if you’re Sarah Palin, I could understand the McCain endorsement to an extent. McCain chose you to be his running mate, putting you on the map and you want to return the favor. The tea party people won’t understand it, Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son who you also endorsed) won’t understand it, but it’s a matter of you scratch my back, I scratch yours. Fair enough. But if you’re running as a fresh face and want to ride the new tide of libertarian-inspired conservatism, endorsing McCain is counterproductive.
As for Mitt Romney, remember West Virginia back in 2008? McCain and Huckabee conspired to screw you over in the primary. McCain didn’t give you the VP nod. He slandered your name left and right throughout the primary season (and then played softball with Obama in the general election). Yet you campaigned for him in the general election. You dropped out of the primary to pave the way for him. Isn’t that enough?
Romney certainly owes John McCain nothing, especially not a primary endorsement. Even if McCain is still getting around well enough to endorse Romney in 2012, would that even help Romney at all? It might just sink him!
If Palin and Romney are going to remain frontrunners for the GOP nomination in 2012, they’ve got to keep their heads in the game. Endorse Marco Rubio! Charlie Crist didn’t do either of you any favors in Florida. McCain won Florida in the primary because of Crist’s endorsement and the state eventually went to Obama in the general election.
Or it may be a good idea to endorse after the primary season is over. That way, nobody is mad at you if you back the wrong guy in the primary. Just remember: endorsements are like bullets. Take a steady aim and don’t waste any!Powered by Sidelines