I sense growing frustration among many Republicans. They can’t stand Barack Obama and will do anything to dump him, yet there’s no real enthusiasm for any Republican who might be nominated. I can’t say I blame them.
When Rick Perry jumped into the race, I thought he had the look and feel of someone to come out of nowhere and win the GOP nomination. But Perry has had an instinct for self-destruction that I haven’t seen in a candidate lately. I still think Herman Cain is a “flavor of the month” candidate whose star would have faded quickly even without his female accusers lately. Newt Gingrich? Give me a break. He has no chance. Ron Paul? He has passionate support that’s never going to go much above 10 percent. He can’t win.
Mitt Romney is probably going to be the Republican nominee by default. He’s always at or near the top of the polls, but have you talked to anyone who’s passionate about supporting Romney? I haven’t. I finally saw my first Romney bumper sticker Friday, so I know his supporters actually exist. It’s just hard to imagine why anyone supports him.
So here’s the likely scenario in my mind. Romney and the other Republican candidates keep up their never-ending stream of fake debates for months. (If they add any more of these events that are more like joint news conferences, they’ll be able to save money by just traveling together like the member of a band on tour. When I mentioned this earlier, one friend suggested we call them the Grateful Dead.) Anyway, it’s likely that Romney will win the nomination and all the Republicans who are completely cold about him right now will suddenly decide that he’s Mr. Conservative — all because he’s their only hope to defeat Obama.
A friend of mine who’s also opted out of the electoral system summed it up nicely Friday when he said this:
Whoever ends up getting the GOP nomination will suddenly become the Great Conservative Savior of All Mankind, even though there will be virtually no difference in which liar is actually elected. Some so-called conservatives I know would vote for Joseph Stalin if he ran against Obama.
The biggest single thing Republicans hold against Obama is his health care plan, known collectively as ObamaCare. Well, what was ObamaCare modeled upon? That’s right. It was modeled on RomneyCare. Take a look at this chart comparing the two plans. Although Romney now likes to claim the plans were very different, the only substantive difference is that Romney’s plan also paid for abortions. Does that sound like something to get the GOP masses excited?
If you want a preview of the future under ObamaCare, all you have to do is look at see what’s going on now under RomneyCare. Costs to the state are going up in Massachusetts under the plan, so things aren’t working out as Romney and his friends said they would. (Who would have thought?) And a special commission appointed to look into the problem just recommended this week that the state institute price controls. If you know anything about economics, you know that price controls never work.
Former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace wasn’t a laudable man for the populist stance he took about race relations in the ’60s, but he was certainly right when he said, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats.” There are indeed small differences, but they’re mostly in their rhetoric. In actual practice, federal spending shoots through the roof under both, the United States attacks foreign countries under both and both listen to the same set of Keynesian economic advisors.
So tell me. Why are you worried about who’s going to win the election next year? It’s not going to make any difference in the long term. The economy is still going to collapse when the bubble gets so big from printing money that it can’t be controlled anymore. Is it really worth your time, money and effort to help determine whether the person in the White House is a Democratic Party statist or a Republican Party statist?
Wouldn’t you be better off looking for solutions about what to do after the collapse instead?