|Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich taking it all in|
The Republican primaries are causing Mitt Romney to have a real headache. Already labelled a flipflopper, he's now had his frontrunner status severely battered by Rick Santorum of late and Newt Gingrich awhile ago in South Carolina. Now he's going to get a rough ride from the right. Modern day campaigns are controlled by the party through the press and TV and uncontrolled by the supporters and activists through the internet. It is the internet that has made this Republican contest such a bumpy ride. Every bit of campaign rhetoric from each of the candidates is tossed about the web for comment and spin. Romney is getting the worst of it. A lot of his lines are taken out of context, but that does not matter to his opponents. Who said what where is not really relevant. It's all about perception and trying to slag off the other guy.
We can't turn back the tide but we can make sure the tide does not spew up stuff that will infect us. Political pollution, I suppose. The Tea Party that has brought so much to the table resembles more that of the Mad Hatter than one offered by the vicar. The adherents of this movement appear to live in a world where it's all baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Plus a good dose of the protestant work ethic. Mitt Romney is out on a limb here. The Financial Times reports that a Republican primary voter, Josef Lipp, a bearded 23-year-old who helps produce “values” documentaries, summed up the thoughts of many conservatives with four simple words - “Mitt Romney scares me.” But what scares me is the whole process. It's like a great exorcism carried on over months. One day Mitt gets his devils paraded, then it's Newt's turn. The good parts of their characters are left behind. I just wonder if the process is as good as it was intended to be. Whoever gets to be the nominee will be too exhausted to become president.
If the right of the Republican Party thinks that by giving Mitt Romney a rough ride they are enhancing the image of the GOP I think they are mistaken. Let's be positive rather than negative. With negatives all one sees is an image with little clarity. It's the positive picture they should be showing us.