Heard on the news this morning:
“Herman Cain is the flavor of the week in the Republican Primary race, but when it comes down to it, Americans generally avoid the exotic flavors and choose Chocolate or Vanilla”
Or something to that effect.
In other words, we’ll dream about trying something different for a while, but when crunch time comes, we pull back from the bold choice and choose to remain safely within the arms of the current big government, nanny state status quo.
I hope the talking head was wrong this time, but from a historical standpoint, I fear that he may have been right on the money.
If Romney wins the nomination, it will be a very hard choice for me. I trust that snake oil salesman just about as far as I can throw him.
The big danger is, if the Republicans take control of the Senate, he would very likely have a de-facto rubber stamp in Congress. That scares me because his record demonstrates domestic policies that are not dissimilar from Obama’s.
If Obama remains in office, with a Republican congress, the damage can be minimized, because many Republicans can be counted on to oppose anything Obama proposes just out of partisan interests, with Romney in the White House, those same proposals would have a good chance of passing for the same reason.
With a Republican controlled congress, we’d be in better shape with Obama in the Whitehouse than Romney, in my humble opinion.
There’s still hope that Cain can maintain his momentum; or, failing that, another more acceptable candidate (Perry or Gingrich either one I could hold my nose and vote for, they aren’t perfect, and they’re both big government statists, but at least they aren’t RINOs) could come to the fore, but if the candidate is Romney, I may be voting Democrat in a Presidential election for the first time in my life.
So, here’s a summary of my thought process right now:
If the candidate is Cain, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum or Perry (in order of preference), I vote Republican. Even the less palatable of those choices would at least be forwarding Big Government, statist control from a conservative perspective rather than liberal.
If the candidate is Paul, I vote for my dog. If the rest of the country wants an obvious loon in charge, I won’t work against it, but I won’t support it either.
If the candidate is Romney (RINO) or Huntsman (RINO), I vote Democrat and trust that a Republican controlled congress will limit White House damage to just what is caused by maintaining our position in the international community as the resident laughingstock.