Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Is Beating Obama The Only Thing That Matters?

From time to time the Romney campaign lets the truth slip. One such time happened during a debate when Mitt said that "I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals" working on his property. Thereby suggesting that if he weren't running for office, the legal status of workers would not matter. And now we have this very revealing statement from one of Romney's surrogates:

And that is the message of the Romney campaign. We are going to win the nomination so get in line. It doesn't matter that Romney doesn't share your views. It doesn't matter that no one knows what he will do once in office. It doesn't matter that his record as governor of Massachusetts was not stellar and liberal. Time for conservatives to set aside all they believe and join the Romney bandwagon because he is the only one who can beat Obama.

But is beating Obama so important that it warrants putting aside everything that one believes? Or is it more important what a candidate will do once in office?

For me what matters most is how a candidate will perform in office. Republicans have talked for years about reducing the size and scope of the federal government and that has yet to happen. Never mind happen. We have gone in the opposite direction. And I am tired of it.

Above all what the GOP needs is a successful turn at the wheel. In 2010, the GOP was given another chance to lead and have very little to show for it. Another Republican president that expands government. Another Republican administration deemed a failure by the American people and the party may find itself in the political wilderness for a long time.