In mixed martial arts, occasionally a fighter who thinks they are ahead on points will get on top of an opponent and stop attempting any offense. It’s called “lay and pray”, and the idea is to simply survive without getting submitted, and try to run out the clock. Besides being risky (many fighters have been choked out from this position), it’s boring, and usually results in a chorus of boos from the audience.
In the second and third Presidential debates, Mitt Romney tried a similar approach — coasting on the success of the first debate — and it was a tactical failure.
I don’t recall any candidate ever being as vulnerable in a debate as Obama was regarding Benghazi. He had blatantly contradicted himself with the dueling narratives of “the video protest” fairy-tale (which, among other places, he had repeated in the Pakistan ad, at the U.N., and through Susan Rice and Jay Carney), and the claim that he had identified the attacks as acts of terrorism the next day. As I yelled at my TV regarding this and other opportunities Romney passed on, I knew that millions of Americans were yelling along with me in frustrated solidarity.
During the primary, Romney had pounded Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum with the savage alacrity of a man possessed. If he had mustered a fraction of that aggression in opposition to Barack Obama, he might be picking his cabinet right now, instead of picking his nose back on the bench.
Another “incident” that alienated conservative voters (not to mention Ron Paul folks) was the Romney/Boehner/Sununu/Ginsberg rules-change stunt at the GOP convention. That may have been the mother of all tactical errors. It was an ill-advised power grab that burned the grassroots at the exact moment that they needed to be marshalled together. As veteran delegate Morton Blackwell predicted, millions of conservatives, libertarians, and Ron Paul fans were infuriated, and probably sat out the election or cast a third-party vote as a result.
On AFA radio the other day, Herman Cain called for the formation of a third party, and I think he’s right — it’s time. According to an election night survey, voters are conservative on the issues, but have no trust in either party. The GOP has racked up too many successive failures. Already, GOP RINO’s like Steve Schmidt are yammering about pulling further left, and clowns like Karl Rove and RNC Chairmen like Michael Steele and Reince Priebus have been pushing in that direction for quite a while now. The way things are going, there may not be real elections in America any more, but if there are, I have no confidence in the GOP’s ability to win them.
Hearing Jeb Bush trying to position himself for 2016 by boring us with more illegal alien-pandering on Fox News is not encouraging, as statistics show that encouraging illegal immigration is a guaranteed net loss for conservatives and our treasury. I predict that the RINO’s will be only emboldened in this counter-productive, sell-out mentality in the months to come. Reagan conservatives have been resisted by Bush types for decades now (yes, even during Reagan’s time), and we need to become disentangled with the mess they’ve made.
Speaking of Reince Priebus, a few months ago Mark Levin had him on his radio show, and asked him point blank if the RNC would send money to Michele Bachmann to help her in her very tough House race. “Sure!” Priebus lied, “If it’s close, we’ll help her out”! Bachmann barely squeezed out a victory and didn’t receive a penny from the lying scrounges. The ugly truth of the matter is that Boehner saw this as a chance to knock off some of his conservative opposition during “the fog of war”, which is a very treacherous and deplorable way to operate.
It will always feel daunting to embark on the formation of a new party, but I don’t think there is a choice at this juncture. Here’s what might be a good way to visualize it: think of all the best and brightest conservatives (Rand Paul, Bachmann, Cruz, Rubio, Cain, Lee, DeMint, Gohmert, Franks, Forbes, Santorum, Flake, et. al) all caucusing together without having to constantly compromise with RINOs. I’d favor calling it the Tea Party, since that name is already in the collective consciousness of the nation, but whatever they call it, they should start NOW so it’s in place by the 2014 mid-term elections. The GOP has neutered itself, and we now have nothing to lose.
Statistics from the recent election shows that Romney didn’t get as much of the Christian vote as he should have, and McCain got even less than Romney did. Although I believe Romney would have governed far more conservatively than Obama, a hard reality we must face is that some people won’t vote for Mormon and Catholic Repubicans, and the big money players in the GOP like Karl Rove keep finding ways to get them nominated.
I think that solid evidence has emerged indicating that there was both illegal voting and voter suppression, but Romney’s team had about as much money as Obama — couldn’t they overcome that? Unless the skulduggery is proven to be greater than the difference, they have failed. Beyond that, the big-gov’t Bush wing of the GOP is a consistent threat to U.S. sovereignty — so much so that when Ted Cruz was Attorney General of Texas, he had to fight George W. Bush and the World Court all the way up to the Supreme Court to protect U.S. sovereignty and allow Texas to have a vicious rapist-murderer executed (Cruz won, thank God).
Another thing that should happen is for Christian leaders to teach their flocks that stopping the torture-murder of babies is more important than expanding the welfare state and promoting counterfeit marriage. Since the IRS has now surrendered their previous, unconstitutional efforts to suppress political speech from pulpits, churches should now become Christian patriot factories so that America can survive.