Every single day I hear the same lines of attack from Mitt Romney supporters against Newt Gingrich and Newt Gingrich supporters against Mitt Romney.
The way things are panning out now, it is highly likely one of those two will be the GOP nominee.
So really, it is time to stop the attacks. All we are doing is making it easier for conservatives to lose all advantages in the fall. In 2010 we had the enthusiasm, we won big in the midterms. This year, we are setting ourselves up for another 2008. We look for a conservative Messiah, a second coming of Reagan (who would never have survived a campaign like this, being a former Democrat) and ensure that no candidate can possible meet our expectations, then many of us stay home and complain that there wasn’t a “true conservative” in the race, and lo and behold, we have Obama again.
Well, enough of this already.
Yes, I support Newt Gingrich. I think he gives us our best chance to win in November. His record reducing government is unmatched by any candidate. His ability to articulate the conservative message is hands down the best I’ve seen. Do I care what he said about Ronald Reagan back in the day? No, I don’t. Ronald Reagan is the past. The canonization of Ronald Reagan is killing our party. Newt’s record matters far more.
That said, I would easily support Mitt Romney, should he be the nominee. Mitt Romney was my governor for four years. Did I agree with everything he did as governor? No. I was against Romneycare when it happened, but as I was active in the Massachusetts Republican Party back in those days, I know first hand how much effort he put into trying to build up the party in a ridiculously blue state. Do I believe him when he says he’ll repeal Obamacare. You bet I do.
If we keep slaughtering the candidates in our party, we might as well give up and give Obama the blank check he most certainly think he’ll have if he wins in November. Because frankly, we already are, with these vicious attacks against the likely nominees of our party.
No candidate is perfect. No candidate is a saint. But they are all determined to undo the damage done by Obama’s extremism and incompetence. Let’s focus on winning, not on destroying ourselves as a party. Obama can’t win in November, but the Republican Party can certainly lose.