While the usual media talking-heads are all atwitter relishing their belief that Mitt Romney won Florida's primary, they fail to acknowledge the scope of Romney's defeat by the split conservative opposition. This does not bode well for Romney's electability in a general election.
The short-sighted pundits are calling Mitt Romney's garnering 50 Florida delegates a great victory. How monumentally wrong they are!
While Mitt Romney will crawl away from Florida's primary (hopefully after taking a serious shower to remove the stench of his smear campaign) with 50 delegates to the GOP convention, he was a spectacular loser in terms of rallying a majority of voters to his message that can only be characterized as "spend lots of money, smear your opposition, and hope for the best."
By losing to the conservative opposition, by 54% to 46% (with 95% of votes cast), the establishment GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, can take little comfort in the spectacular failure of his smear campaign to generate a majority of the votes cast in the GOP primary.
In a nutshell:
Romney outspends his combined opponents by 3 to 1.
Romney wins 50 delegates to the GOP convention.
Romney loses the popular vote by 54% to 46%.
Romney loses by deeply dividing his campaign from the conservative opposition courtesy of his unrelenting smear campaign.
Romney loses by emerging as the clear candidate of the GOP establishment, thus alienating Independents, dissatisfied Democrats, Tea Partiers, and the bulk of the conservative GOP. Those demographics cannot be cast aside and still defeat Barack Obama.
No sensible person can view that carnage as a landslide or any other real victory for Romney. He has now created serious problems for his campaign going forward.
If there were a big winner from Florida's primary, it is Barack Obama. Anything that puts distance between Obama and a debate with Newt Gingrich, is a win for Obama. The big losers stand to be the American people.
Romney will not be able to continue to throw money into a smear campaign across the nation. He will not be able to generate enthusiasm in traditional, conservative, mainstream America. He has shown by this campaign that it is possible to spend enough money to win a Florida primary, but it is going to cost him in terms of future support across the nation.
Newt Gingrich needs to get back on his message by returning to an unrelenting statement of what his administration will do to undo the disaster of the Obama administration. Newt made a great start with his concession speech in Florida. That speech can serve as a roadmap to victory if joined with other conservative candidates in this nomination process.
If the GOP fails to resolve its current identity crisis, it is entirely possible that the worst president in American history could actually win re-election. If that happens, the GOP as a national party will collapse into irrelevancy and a new party will have to emerge to take its place. Unfortunately, that will likely be far too late to save this nation from self-destructing under a second Obama term.
Think about it. Romney outspent his combined opponents by at least three to one. Yet he only managed 47% of the GOP vote! John McCain managed 46% of the vote in losing to Barack Obama in 2008. Is that what the GOP wants to see repeated in 2012? Yet another "moderate" Republican losing to a far-Left Democrat?
It is time for the conservatives who remain in this race, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, to sit down together and work out a unified campaign. It is clear that Newt Gingrich should be the standard bearer for that coalition.
Such a blending of campaigns will only become viable if these three candidates get together and work out a platform where each candidates' three most important issues have prominence with an iron-clad guarantee that they will be seriously dealt with by the new conservative GOP administration. Both Ron Paul and Rick Santorum need to be guaranteed significant roles in pursuing their key issues within a Gingrich administration.
It is time to set aside egos and personal agendas in favor of a unified campaign to wrest control from the establishment GOP and its favorite candidate, Mitt Romney. If not, then the deeply divided GOP will splinter into a new party with conservatives joining Independents and dissatisfied (non-Marxist) Democrats to form a new majority party.
We cannot tolerate the GOP nominating another establishment candidate from the "good old boy" network who promises only a more efficient road to Leviathan government that has no respect for our Constitution's restraint on federal power.
Conservatives need to take heart in Romney's spectacular failure in Florida. It is time to move on to states where the electorate are not so easily duped by massive smear campaigning.
The race to the GOP nomination is not over by a long shot.
Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional 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 all high school students so they can appreciate the cost 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.