★★ the Foolishness of the GOP and why they will lose the election with John McCain ~analysisSubmitted by aVoiceof Reason. on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 19:29
I think it's funny and somewhat ironic that the Republicans kicked out Mitt Romney to give John McCain a better shot for his campaign and the general election. With the "inevitable" rise of McCain as the nominee (decided only halfway through the election process), the Republican party felt they needed the extra time to "unite" the party.
Newsflash GOP!! If you actually have to work to unite your own party, how the hell do you think you're going to beat the other party in the general election?
Fearing a brokered Republican Convention, the GOP was too quick to assume that the Democrats would unite behind one candidate in the primaries, and figured their John McCain strategy would ensure a win. But look what happened!
The Democrats now find themselves in a tougher position, torn between two equally strong candidates. Meanwhile, the Republicans face a mess of resentment within their own party as they try to force an obviously unacceptable and guaranteed loser candidate on their supporters. The resentment seems to grow daily as new voices like the Vietnam Veterans spring up in opposition and conservatives continue to grumble.
Ironically, Republicans would have been better off AND in a better position overall if they had kept Romney in the race (you know, instead of threatening, bribing, and making back-room deals against and over the voice of the people).
Yes, if Romney had stayed in the race the votes/support would have been split four ways. However, a four way split is much much better than a two way split over two equally strong, viable, and powerful choices as in the case of the Democrats. It's much harder to unite the forces of 2 opposing sides, than 4 sides that share many similarities.
The Republicans would have been smart to let the process play out naturally. As the election continued, eventually one of two things would have happened. One candidate or more would have decided that they were not winning like they expected or wanted so they would drop out, narrowing the field (notice this was already in process as candidates like Thompson and Guiliani dropped out). Or, the candidates would have stayed equally strong and ended up in a brokered convention, where a compromise HAS to be made. Either way, had they chosen one of these routes, the GOP would have been able to avoid the resentment they now are plagued with. People do not like having their choices selected for them, especially when the selection is one they generally dislike and one that does not represent or stand for the same values (as is the case with John McCain). If candidates dropped out on their own accord, people would have accepted it and turned towards their next choice. Thus, the voters would have made compromises ON THEIR OWN, rather than have those compromises made for them.
Either of the possible outcomes mentioned above would have been much much healthier for the party than the option being played out now. The "unification" that the GOP is now struggling with would have played out naturally through process of debate and individual compromise. Had this happened there would have been a lot more talk about return to party principles and the basic conservative beliefs, thus renewing the life of the party and strengthening its base support and enthusiasm.... Thus there also would have been much more optimism and strong support behind whichever candidate emerged the victor... all heading into a historic election.
But Republicans didn't go with the smart and logical system that is the election. The primary election process is set up to naturally take care of possible problems on its own. As candidates drop out, the support shifts to another, thus strengthening support behind one candidate and the party as a whole. This process would then continue until everyone was united behind one candidate, and the decision to do so made by their own choice. There is no need to meddle with and manipulate this process as the Republicans did.
The best part is, the GOP supposedly pushed McCain into "front-runner" status to give them a lead against the Democrats. Basically, the Republicans could have had it all, a unified party, a good, strong candidate, and an edge over the Democrats. Unless their only reason to push McCain ahead was to continue Bush/Neo-Conservative policies. If so, then that was an even worse decision seeing as 75% of Americans hate those policies. It leaves one to speculate and wonder if the Republicans even want to win the election. In reality, most of us know it doesn't really matter who wins this election considering how similar most of the candidates are on the issues and their ties to special interests.
Regardless of their intentions, as a result of their actions, Republicans are now being forced to waste their time "uniting" the party, doing damage control, and pushing a candidate that nobody really likes. All on account of their foolish decision. John McCain is a doomed candidate for this reason (not to mention his platform), and even with the situation with the democrats, he doesn't stand a chance. It wouldn't matter if he had a whole year extra to campaign and "unite" his support, he will not win.