Mitt Romney showed up yesterday, after I mused here whether he would show up adn save the McCain Day, in support of McCain’s impending Republican Presidential nomination. After only a week’s cessation of Romney’s Presidential campaign, it was refreshing to again see and hear Romney’s composure and articulate consideration, even more appreciable when compared with the glowering, gritting McCain beside him.
It was a mystery to me how any even moderately thinking person could refuse earlier to support Mitt Romney while instead supporting McCain until I read more from McCain supporters in these past few weeks: the shared characteristics among them all are that they rationalize illegal immigration, denigrate the ideas that illegal aliens merit any penalties and pose any liabilities to anyone, think border insecurity works just fine in light of national security — that they insist McCain is “strong” on while he’s proven he isn’t by sheer fact of his amnesty intents — and all declare certain anti-social perspectives otherwise that don’t lend the possibility of them as likable, not likable at all.
However, since these types seem to have found their niche with McCain, they’re the segment of the voters in what states were arranged in what order, to land McCain this lead he now has (or so it’s been pronounced is inevitable), this is what we now have: the amnesty, borders-secured-but-not-really, illegal alien advocating, religious-right hatin’ crowd who digs McCain in all his glowering illiteracy.
So Mitt Romney showing up yesterday to support McCain, despite McCain’s obvious lack of appreciation for and about Romney and Romney’s gentlemanly deed, was the real Presidential action. We see a man, Romney, behaving with grace and intelligence and compassion, astute in composure and word, doing what many of (the rest of us) deem to be Presidential and hope a President will be.
I realize there are endorsements for McCain that have occured before Romney’s and some promised today afterward. I’ve thought about that, too.
And what I’ve decided is likely are two things:
(1.) these endorsing GOP politicians are relatively sure the GOP will lose this Fall, such that they are eager to band together at this time to appear consolidated so that if and when there is a likely loss in the Fall, they cannot be reasonably said to have contributed to that loss by refusing to support (in this case, McCain) the GOP candidate; and/or,
(2.) Mitt Romney is the GOP Vice Presidential nominee, not yet announced, and with that, there is assumption that there may be a win in the Fall despite the liabilities caused by McCain but using the Liberal draw that is McCain to the wayward Liberal element that characterises the amnesty-seeking, illegal alien exploiting, religious-right hatin’ RINOs.
Either way, if the GOP wins, it will be in spite of McCain. If it loses, it will be because of McCain. I’m sure Mitt Romney has a lot to think about in terms of any V.P. run now because his future in terms of the Presidency is quite promising, if not already proven as fact for 2012 — because the unspoken reality here is that McCain will not be reliably vital in another four years, and if he loses this election, he’s not going to run again four years hence. Thus, if he wins, his V.P. talent will have a clear placement in 2012 for the Presidency, and, if McCain loses, Romney won’t want to ding his likely good prospects for 2012 by being associated with a loss this year.
But McCain and his “contingent” may as likely swing to the more Liberal Left as to naming a V.P. candidate — that would mean it wouldn’t be Romney and maybe that’s what Romney has in mind at this time — and that would be as good as the GOP in their present personnel declaring that they, too, revile the Right.
And, they’d be declaring a significant break with the Right and reinforcing the reasonable conjecture and observations about McCain that he’s Liberal-not-Right.
That philosophical and political change would be a sad statement about the GOP if so, and would prove a few of my earlier musings and that is that the GOP will become or has already become the New Liberal Party — this change is also why most of us who support Mitt Romney were quite so enthused about his candidacy, because he brought balance to the force that would otherwise pivot farther Left, and now looks as likely as not to do that very thing, if Romney’s not the V.P.
For whatever the developments — revealed soon enough — the Democrats have organized with their support for Obama (it looks most likely he’ll be their nominee for 2008). So either the GOP wants to lose this election or they’ll move back toward the Right because this New Liberal Party thing is lukewarm to cold beside the Left’s enthusiasm for what they have.
I don’t begrudge the Obama enthusiasm — I admire it and appreciate it — but I utterly disagree with Obama’s (and the Democrats’) politics. From the nuttiness I’ve read from many McCain campaigners, however, it’s not a case from the GOP at this time about politics so much as it is about personalities. And the somewhat toady, certainly denigrating, bullying personalties who want and need McCain are kicking up the most sand and McCain’s not stopping them.
Thus, the bullies may win. For now. Then again, they may lose and lose again in 2012. It all depends on what the gentlemen among us do to resettle the field.