Romney Should Strategically Drop Out To Save Face And Avoid GOP And Media EmbarrassmentSubmitted by Duane Vick on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 16:21
This may well come to pass if the delegate strategy is successful.
If Ron Paul wins the GOP convention in Tampa, Romney will be embarrassed to a great level. The media will be embarrassed as they've been predicting that Romney would be the eventual GOP nominee. It would be forever damaging to the GOP, the media, and Romney himself if he were to lose at Tampa.
However, if Romney drops out, he can do so in a strategic fashion that not only would save him face, but earn him some credit as the one who salvaged and united the GOP party again. The media would save face because instead of having to explain why they never saw this coming, they can instead claim that Romney would still have likely won if not for his strategic dropping out for the party's sake.
Here are some concession points Romney can make in a proposed concession speech before Tampa.
He has come to realize that in order to beat Obama, the GOP must choose a candidate that will bring in lots of independents and disaffected Democrats. This is about the general election and defeating Obama, at any cost.
He can still act hawkish about war but push the importance of saving the economy as being key to any strategy of protecting the rest of the free world. He can acknowledge that Paul has a great economic plan to save America, leaving us in a better position to protect our allies if we should someday need to do so. He can point out that America would not be able to protect Israel if we are bankrupt and further lose our credit rating. He can state that he will still continue to urge Paul to stand up against bully nations.
He can state in his concession speech that he wishes his pledged delegates to support Ron Paul at Tampa. We know that the stealth ones may do so anyway. However, after Tampa is done, Romney can still feign some influence over party politics by pointing out that he requested his delegates support Paul and they were willing to do so 'for the good of the party'.
Now, this scenario plays well for the media and saves them from great embarrassment. With everyone except Paul and Romney already out, they were well on their way to credibility when they predicted a Romney victory from the onset of the primary season. If Romney strategically drops out, the media can still make the claim that a Romney victory was still inevitable had he not made the decision to drop out. The "official story" of an eventual Romney victory would still have credibility to the average reader/viewer.
This scenario leaves Romney with better political prospects when compared to his prospects after an embarrassment in Tampa. If he waits until Tampa, he will be branded as the guy who lost the GOP Presidential primary two cycles in a row. It will make him out to be one who is to be avoided. I'm sure Paul would express his gratitude to Romney for stepping aside somehow, except for VP. That would not be tolerable.
Finally, this gives the GOP some slack in the noose being tightened around them by us Paul supporters. Don't take this the wrong way, I'm not saying we would side with them in any way. I'm just saying that we would be focusing more on the general election than on pursuing takeovers of local and state GOP offices. If Paul doesn't get the GOP nomination, then we will be fighting at every level of the GOP to oust the establishment types. If Paul is the nominee, then we will be very busy getting people to rally around Paul for the general election.
I hope that this gets back to the Romney campaign as a way to avoid embarrassment and to look like the Paul nomination happened by his desire for party unity and a desire to beat Obama as opposed to it happening due to circumstances he lost control of a long time ago. I hope the media wises up and realizes that they should pressure Romney to strategically drop out so their official story doesn't lose credibility.