Democrats Should Watch What They Wish For

Watching liberals freak out over a possible Romney presidency would be entertaining if it weren’t sad to those of us hoping to see Washington work again for the good of the country. If one were to believe the hysteria, minutes after taking the oath of office he is going to take away everyone’s health insurance and force them to buy private plans from insurance companies his friends own, send all American jobs to China, force women to emulate the Mormon wives portrayed in Big Love, invade Syria, Iraq, Iran and any other Middle Eastern country the angel Moroni tells him, and unleash torrents of crude oil into the wilderness all the while sitting behind his desk in the Oval Office tapping his fingers together and maniacally laughing. I’m sure forcing people to drive with their dogs on top of their cars comes his second day in office.

People on the right don’t get this at all. While liberals relished the spectacle of Republican Primaries where each candidate defined him or herself as more conservative than Mitt Romney by portraying him as a liberal RINO (Republican In Name Only), they evidently failed to notice that of all the GOP candidates Mitt Romney is the most liberal on many issues important to conservatives. He is after all the grandfather of Obamacare, the issue that nearly sank him in the primaries, and worse, wasn’t the governor of Texas, the way George W. Bush was, or California (which once had a flourishing conservatism) like Reagan. No he was governor of the bluest of blue states, Massachusetts, a state that many on the right refer to as Taxachusetts due to its tax code that more resembles socialist France than small-government loving New Hampshire. Face it, a Republican in Massachusetts is like a Pomeranian. A Pom is as much a dog as a Rottweiler. It may bark like a Rottweiler but if you are going to stroll through a city park at night you’ll note the salient difference between the two dogs and want the Rotty, not the Pom, at your side.

The rise of the Democratic party is directly the result of the election of 2004. Had Kerry defeated Bush that year it is unlikely that the Democrats would have taken over Congress in 2006 which laid the groundwork for the Obama election in 2008. By the time Congress came into session in January 2007 Bush was already a lame duck, despised by the electorate with no political capital to spend in Washington. What were the great achievements of his second term? See for yourself. He pacified Iraq of course, but that’s already unraveling. Domestically the only thing that can be loosely classified as an achievement is the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005, a bill sponsored by then Senator Joe Biden which I vehemently opposed. As a rule second terms always disappoint. Clinton’s was marred by scandal and the failed attempt at impeachment, so he did what presidents often due to burnish their entry in History by chasing after foreign policy illusions. Reagan had Iran Contra, and Nixon, well let’s just note that ended badly for him.

There is no reason for the pattern to break. In a second term Obama will have a Republican House and possibly a Republican Senate. The GOP rank and file will follow the Democrat’s example and purge itself of all the establishment figures that shoved Romney down the throats of the Tea Party faithful, forcing the GOP further to the Right in the same way that Kerry’s failure forced the Democrats leftward. In the long-term this will be good for Conservatives because it will be nearly impossible for the Democrats to win again in 2016, and so the GOP will choose a candidate that will make Michelle Bachmann look as liberal as Nancy Pelosi. But he or she won’t be defeated in the primary by a centrist establishment candidate, because the establishment will have been purged of RINOs in the same way that the Democrat Party purged itself of conservatives like Zell Miller, Dick Gephardt and Jim Webb.

If Obama wins it is unlikely either the House of Senate will move back into Democratic hands. So in 2016 when America voices its desire for change it will elect a much more conservative Republican than Mitt Romney, and will hand him or her a unified Congress. If this doesn’t scare liberals today, it should, because had someone told me in 2004 that my vote for “W” would have resulted in the Democrats controlling both halls of Congress and electing the most liberal president since Carter, I would have voted for Kerry and encouraged my libertarian and conservative brethren to do the same.

Mitt Romney is many things, but he is not a conservative. He may claim Reagan’s mantle, and the GOP will pretend it’s his, but don’t fool yourself: Romney is a liberal Republican and honestly at this point that’s okay for me. I’m tired of extremists of any stripe, and would welcome a moderate in the White House. The question is whether the Democratic Party wants to remain relevant in the long-term by losing the election this November and likely retaking Congress in two years, or desires to re-elect Obama now and give up control of Congress until 2018 and risk electing a Republican extremist in 2016. Elections have consequences, Obama once said. They sure do, and Democrats should remember that before they cast their votes.

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  1. Jack:

    Interesting take on the upcoming election and definitely one to ponder.

    Concerning your first paragraph, though, as to how liberals view a Romney presidency, I have to say I hear this over and over again. Obviously, the point is to illustrate that liberals are irrational and extreme in their fears. And though I don’t dispute your characterization, I personally don’t know anybody like that. However, I once responded, here, to another poster who called Obama ‘evil’. I thought that ‘evil’ was a bit strong and should be reserved for serial killers, mass murderers, etc. Of course, and predictably, I was attacked. And, though you didn’t state whether you agreed or disagreed with the characterization of the president, you defended the poster’s views.

    Basically, what I repeatedly see is that one side will call the other out for their extreme views, while defending their own extreme views.

    I think, with this post, you have correctly noted the extremists views of both sides though.

  2. Jack:

    Clarification: I was attacked by the poster who used the word ‘evil’, but I was not attacked by you.

  3. Scott Kirwin:

    Jack
    I’ve given up Facebook until after the election because of my liberal FB friends posting statements and articles about Romney that paint him out to be an extremist. Case in point:

    “Akin is against abortion regardless of the circumstances (rape, incest, health of the mother. It us the same basis for Romney’s platform on abortion. It is not shenanigans. Akin said some additional things about rape in particular this past week that I will attribute to his own personal perspective but the rest is just like Mitt’s grand new plan for America. Except of course I have never heard Akin bash invetro. That’s new.
    So I repeat…IT’S THE SAME PLATFORM ON ABORTION

    Jack, the poster is a smart woman, one who got pregnant and gave birth in her teens instead of taking the easy way out. I respect her, but she honestly believes that Romney and by extension of her argument all Republicans are the same as candidate Akin. I’m a registered Republican and vehemently pro-life yet I do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned – but in her zeal she sees me and Akin as the same. I made the mistake of trying to convince her otherwise but quit before she blocked me. I’ve talked to other conservatives and libertarians too. It’s all the same. People can post dog and kid pictures but I think the medium is simply too limiting and people too unable to express themselves without causing or taking offense. Sorry, but I’ll avoid FB until after the election.

    I am trying to curb my own excesses; I even praised Obama last week for his policy on China. As I have said before there are good reasons to not vote for Romney, but the way he has been painted by the Democrats one would think he is a Mormon Lex Luther with hair. He’s been made into a caricature by the Democrats, but is anything but an extremist. Extremist Republicans don’t get elected to the governorship of Massachusetts while Senators Kerry and Kennedy are in office. He’s a liberal Republican, and honestly, I’m comfortable with that. I crave bipartisanship in a way that doesn’t show in my writings but that I feel deeply in my heart. Four more years of Obama will not bring us together, but will divide us further and feed the extremes on both sides of the aisle.

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