Here’s a news flash that isn’t getting talked about: Too many Republican analysts/strategists/pundits aren’t interested in the truth. The reality is that the stuff that was passed off last night in the name of conservative political analysis wasn’t interested in the truth.
The first example I’ll cite is Mark Steyn interviewing Karl Rove. Steyn opened by saying that “Newt doesn’t have a message; he’s got 1,000 messages.” He then asked Mr. Rove how Mitt’s done in the staying on message department. Mr. Rove’s reply was predictable. He said that Mitt had done a good job with staying on message.
To his credit, sort of, Mitt is staying on message. There’s a reason for that and it isn’t good. Mitt’s record as Massachusetts governor is liberal. Mitt went farther on CO2 emissions than this administration’s EPA has, though it appears as though they’re making up for lost time.
Why would Mitt talk about his imposing millions of dollars of costs on power plants, then impose price controls on those power plants to artificially keep prices from spiking?
If Mr. Rove had bothered to mention those things, which he should do if he’s serious about his job as a FNC political analyst, Mitt would be toast. Mitt’s staying on message wouldn’t be relevant because Mitt’s record is that of a Massachusetts liberal Republican.
Charles Krauthammer isn’t any better. There’s no arguing with the fact that he’s a brilliant thinker. Likewise, there’s no arguing that he isn’t interested in whether Republicans have wholly and repeatedly rejected Mitt Romney as their candidate.
If Mssrs. Krauthammer and Rove cared about what GOP primary voters thought about, they’d be on the right track. More importantly, if they actually talked about Mitt’s inability to win people over, they’d be doing GOP primary voters a service.
Instead, they’re doing their utmost to give Mitt Romney the nomination. The good news is that people are rejecting the media’s attempts to hand Mitt the nomination. And yes, I’m talking about the liberal and the conservative media are tanking it for Mitt, albeit for different reasons.
The liberal Agenda Media is tanking it for Mitt because they know he’s a lefty that they’ll characterize as further left that President Obama. The conservative Agenda Media is tanking it for Mitt because they don’t trust in the American people.
The reality is that, other than President Reagan, Newt’s got the longest list of conservative accomplishments in modern history. In fact, it isn’t really that close. Pundits whining about Newt’s baggage are missing it. This election, the American people are looking for solutions to the crisis that this administration has created.
Yes, it’s true that the recession started during the Bush administration. That isn’t what I said, though. I said the crisis that this administration created.
Crises like the NLRB overstepping their bounds with Boeing. Crises like the EPA’s attempt to shut down coal-fired power plants. Crises like this administration’s attempt to control the health care and health insurance industries. Crises like chronic, longterm unemployment.
Newt’s solutions are appealing. That’s why GOP activists rallied to him. That’s why Mitt refused to go toe-to-toe with Newt. The minute that the debate is between Newt and Mitt, Mitt loses. That’s why Mssrs. Krauthammer and Rove don’t want to talk about important things. They’d rather just talk about the horserace. They don’t want to talk about Mitt’s lack of veracity.
Considering all the advantages Mitt has in the strategists’ checklist, he should be the prohibitive frontrunner. The fact that he’s in the fight of his life against an underfunded candidate that strategists and pundits have rejected should speak volumes.
What’s important to GOP activists is that Newt is a solutions-oriented conservative. Yes, you read that right. Newt’s a conservative. Name me another politician with a list of conservative accomplishments over a longer period of time than Newt.
I won’t hold my breath because I know the answer. That answer is that he stands alone atop that list. And it isn’t even close.
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