I have written several times about the foolishness of allowing leftists to select the Republican presidential candidate. It was a huge mistake with John McCain and it would be an even worse mistake now—not to mention that it would almost certainly cause Barack Obama to be re-elected.
Let’s review the history. Until the Republican convention in St. Paul, Senator McCain was the darling of the media, with terms like “maverick” and “capable of crossing the aisle” used in profusion. Right until he was actually nominated. Then the press turned on him like a pack of wolves, and partly because McCain had never really impressed conservatives very much, it was fairly easy for the press to sway the public to their favored candidate.
And now they are trying the same thing again. Just change the name “McCain” to “Romney” in the above paragraph and it all still holds true.
Let’s consider how the media have tried to take down every other conservative and/or Republican candidate. The following are a few selected headlines about some conservatives:
- Queen of Rage (Newsweek)
- Bachmann Assumes the Position (Washington Post)
- Michele Bachmann Salutes the Upside to Slavery (Forbes)
- Palin delivers a gaffe-filled message (CNN)
- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Blood is on Sarah Palin’s Hands After Putting Cross Hairs Over District (New York Daily News)
- Wingnut Debt Ceiling Demands (CNN) (Actually this was placed above photos of Palin, Rubio, and Gingrich.)
- Herman Cain’s Bigotry (New York Times)
- Let Herman Be Gone (Washington Post)
Contrast this with the softballs that have been thrown at the incumbent: “The Obama Miracle, a White House Free of Scandal” (Bloomberg), which manages to be both untrue and misleading in the same statement.
So the strategy is obvious. The press are going to try to remove every real conservative until their favored Republican is the last man standing. And then they will turn on him, which will allow President Obama his second term.
That is almost reason to oppose Romney alone—even without my doubts about his policies.
I firmly believe in the vetting process. We do need to let these candidates stand up to the withering fire of the left, because if they can not survive it as candidates they will surely be unable to withstand it as President. Nevertheless, this process is (or at least is supposed to be) for Republicans to decide who will be their candidate. It is my personal preference that the candidate have acceptable conservative policies and viewpoints.
But as I’ve mentioned before, the Republicans could nominate Elmer Fudd and I would cheerfully support him. I think it important to the country to see that President Obama not be allowed to wreak further havoc on our polity.