The insidious negative attacks on Newt Gingrich by Romney proxies may have done sufficient damage to Gingrich to yield a Romney victory in Florida. But it may be a pyrrhic victory as many GOP voters elsewhere become aware of the desperate nature and lack of honor such dirty campaign tactics reveal among those who sling such mud.
Florida GOP voters, wake up! You're being lied to, big time, by the mud-slinging campaign of Mitt Romney.
I learned a long time ago that when a candidate for national office has to resort to misrepresentations and focuses on very old irrelevant statements (generally taken out of context) in order to gain ground in an election, then that candidate is hiding from the real issues. The Romney campaign has disappointed many who hoped it would focus on issues relevant to saving our nation and avoid the kind of nonsense it is tossing about Florida to tear down Romney's chief opponent, Newt Gingrich.
In fairness, it must be noted that the Gingrich campaign has had it's share of focusing on irrelevant aspects of Romney. Claims that Romney's Bain Capital activities made him a "vulture capitalist" are completely unreasonable and mischaracterize Romney's association with Bain. One expects that from Democrat opponents, but not Republicans. Further, Gingrich's campaign has tried to make an issue of the so-called "Romneycare" in Massachusetts as though it were a relevant issue for a national campaign. Evidently, Gingrich's campaign doesn't realize that any state has every right to experiment with healthcare programs if their own constitution allows it. The Federal Constitution does not authorize a Federal healthcare program, yet Gingrich has in the past voiced support for mandating coverage at the Federal level, a power the Federal government simply does not have!
Nevertheless, on balance the Romney campaign in Florida has been by far the most negative and in the mud with completely irrelevant and misleading characterizations of Gingrich. In attempting to assail Gingrich as having opposed Ronald Reagan, the Romney campaign had ignored entirely the recent Gingrich endorsements from both Nancy and Michael Reagan as well as the statements of Jeffrey Lord, a Reagan White House aide claiming the criticism of Gingrich was "laughably untrue." Sarah Palin, a sincere conservative, has noted the viscousness of Romney's proxy's attacks on Gingrich.
It is also very disturbing that Romney was characterized by George Soros as having policies that are "not much different" from Obama's. Now, admittedly, George Soros is hardly a source one would consider either stable or objective. But when George Soros does not fear a Mitt Romney presidency and is convinced he would simply bring new faces to Washington with the same inevitable policies as Obama's, then there is serious reason to give pause before supporting Romney for President.
Other serious doubts about Romney's "conservative" credentials come from his hiring a firm noted for shaping the campaigns of moderate (and RINO) Republicans like Charlie Crist, former Florida governor. Romney's support from Goldman Sachs, who received more than $10 billion in bailouts from the Federal Reserve, is also disturbing.
But what is most disturbing about the Romney campaign is his utter silence on the issue of restoring constitutional governance to Washington, both at the White House and in Congress. Constitutional governance appears to be a non-issue to Romney, yet it is clear as can be that a long history of unconstitutional governance in Washington is at the root of this nation's precarious economic, debt and monetary crises, a combination of crises never before experienced by this nation. We are indeed in uncharted territory and the Romney campaign seems focused on only one aspect of our nation's problem, jobs. It is the reason why jobs are scarce that needs to be addressed.
So, just what is Romney's position on restoring constitutional governance?
Well, we don't know because the Romney camp is too wrapped up in its fixation on slinging mud at Newt Gingrich.
It is very disturbing that none of Romney's advisors think it important for him to even have a position on constitutional governance.
While it is probably too late and certainly too little, nevertheless, I urge all Florida GOP voters to strongly consider voting for Newt Gingrich to send a clear message to the Romney campaign that such tactics will not work in Florida. Doing so would ultimately help both the Romney and the Gingrich campaign because it would eliminate the ammunition that Obama-supporting "debate" questioners from the Democrat media use to formulate entirely irrelevant questions having nothing to do with the nation's deep troubles and the candidates' solutions to those troubles.
Frankly, as the campaign goes forward, it would be refreshing if candidates in debates simply not respond to the irrelevant "mud" questions from Obama-supporting media elitists. When asked such questions, candidates should simply respond with, "Thank you for asking about my (fill in the blank) policy. Here is my plan ...."
Meanwhile, Florida's GOP voters should take serious pause before allowing the mud being slung at the Gingrich campaign to change their inclination to support Gingrich. At the very least, take that support to someone other than Romney, but even that move would ultimately benefit Romney by handing him the Florida primary.
Think about it and don't cast a vote you will later come to regret.
Bob Webster is a descendent of Daniel Webster's father and early American patriot, Ebenezer Webster. Bob has always had a strong interest in history, our Constitution, U.S. politics and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican ("little r" republican) with objectivist and libertarian roots, he has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for every high school student so they can understand the dangers of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.