Barack Obama might as well write his inauguration speech now. The Republican Party is fractured in a way that no election-year political party should be. This summer’s convention is looking to be a drawn-out mess of multiple ballots and voting between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
That is, of course, unless Romney truly destroys Gingrich in Florida and on Super Tuesday. And then the GOP will have a candidate that makes Jeb Bush look appealing.
A wishy-washy venture capitalist from Massachusetts and cut from the same cloth as John Kerry is no way for the Republicans to appeal to the populist hatred brewing in the white suburban centers of America’s middle class. You’d need someone truly crazy to fit the mold of what they wanted. But as it stands, right-wing voters have to choose between four conflicting philosophies:
• Rick Santorum’s repugnant social conservative crusade.
• Ron Paul’s Anarcho-Libertarian agenda.
• Romney’s “Wall Street” economic policies.
• Gingrich’s dialing the clock back 50 years to Atomic Age American values. And a space colony/state on the moon.
All are appealing to some, some disgusting to all. Gingrich’s attempt at a Kennedyesque space fervor has failed miserably, and as for Romney and Paul, the thing we need most is regulation. Santorum is simply anti-progress.
Where is Hunter Thompson when you need him?