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Ted Cruz: The man who wants to be the Marco Rubio of Texas – The Hill’s Ballot Box

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/220427-the-man-who-wants-to-be-the-marco-rubio-of-texas

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Perhaps not,I explain why/Who will Romney pick as veep? A conservative. – WashPo #2012 #GOP

Who will Mitt Romney pick as vice president? A conservative. – The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/who-will-mitt-romney-pick-as-vice-president-a-conservative/2012/04/02/gIQAMtTuqS_blog.html?wpisrc=nl_pmfix

RRD:Of course notwithstanding the delusions of some Romney supporters,Romney is not,in fact the nominee.
But he is the most likely nominee,and speculation on who he would nominate is legitimate.

Cillizza floats the standard three candidates:Jindal,Christie and Rubio,and he argues,(not without reason) that Romney will follow in the footsteps of his predecessors & pick a ”opposite number” so to speak.

I am not convinced of that.

First picking a Vice Presidential Candidate is not like picking out a shirt or a car,neither the shirt or the car can refuse to be picked,a Vice Presidential Candidate can.

They may not believe that the Presidential Candidate will win,or they may not be ready,or like Mitch Daniels,they have family members who may object.

Second,Romney is a creature of the establishment,& one of the oft repeated claims of Rockefeller Republican Strategists is that Mccain made a blunder in choosing Palin,not simply because she was a unknown,(or a “incompetent” or the Liberal’s version of the Whore of Babylon and Jezebel rolled into one et-al),but that he made a mistake simply by choosing ANY conservative,since Mccain needed to differentiate himself from Bush & demonstrate his ”Maverickyness” (as Palin,or Tina Fey might have put it),by picking someone like…Tom Ridge,or even Joseph Lieberman.
Now of course most Republicans would recoil at the thought of picking a pro-choice Republican for the Vice Presidency,but after all,
they ”would vote for a bag of cement if it had a R after it” &
“where will they go”.

Liberal Republican Strategists have invested heavily in the idea that Conservatism is toxic,and that elections are won “from the center”.

And who do you think is advising Mitt Romney?

But Mccain did pick a Conservative?

Yes and “look what happened”,the Liberal Republican Strategists(LRS?)would say.

If you accept the deluded notion that your base has no choice but to vote for the party’s candidate
,if you accept the premise that morale is irrelevant,& that the base is “locked in”,then why not do whatever you think will win over the independents and pick the most liberal Republican “Modernizer” you can(with the added benefit of poking those ”wingnuts” in eye ,while you’re at it), (fn1)

It is important to remember that Romney includes among his advisors some of the same people who worked for Charlie Crist.(fn2)
And it is also important to recall that Romney,is,well,Romney.

He is a Northeastern,Liberal Republican.

Romney is the type of person who would readily accept the arguments of the LRS’ that the base ”has nowhere to go”.
The man lives in a wholly different world than the,average Republican,much less the average Conservative.

He may pick a Conservative,or a pseudo-Conservative like Christie,or he may pick a Moderate.
Time will tell,if he gets the.nomination.
My guess is that he does not want to ”repeat Mccain’s mistake”.
I wonder if Tom Ridge,or Colin Powell for that matter,is open to being the nominee.

Footnotes:

fn1.

Murphy suggests Tom Ridge as VP.

First Bad Idea From Murphy in A While – National Review Online

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/159744/first-bad-idea-murphy-while/jonah-goldberg

To go forward, GOP must snap out of its Sarah Palin spell Mike Murphy – NY Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gop-snap-sarah-palin-spell-article-1.428766

”But facts are facts. An inexperienced governor of a small state, she lacked the experience to be President and brought nothing to the ticket except a surefire knack for exciting voters who were already reliably Republican. It was a strategically awful choice, and I said so – both on and off microphone – at the time. Most pundits thought I was wrong. Look at the crowds she can draw, I was told. She “excites the base.”

Phooey. Every presidential election year brings forth some new nugget of conventional wisdom from the media elite that totally misses the real picture. Last year, the big wrong idea was this notion that base voters have somehow become the new swing voters. We are now told the party base – those voters who will vote for a bag of cement if it has an R or D attached to it – must be carefully appealed to, romanced and appeased.

Under that funhouse reasoning, Palin was an inspired pick.”

RRD:Set aside for a moment what you think of Palin,note instead that Murphy believes that the party base ”will vote for a bag of cement if it has an R or D attached to it”;that is,that they do not care about who the candidate is,or what the candidate does,they are robots without political beliefs,without convictions,without ideals,without values,they are just useful idiots to be mocked,ignored,& betrayed with impunity & yet still be expected to go door to door,day after day,week after week,knocking on thousands of doors,making phone call after phone call,since they ”will vote for a bag of cement if it has an R …attached to it”.

I am reminded of the lines from Atlas Shrugged “Oh,you’ll always produce…”,& ”you’ll do something Mr.Rearden…”.
It also reminds me of the painting Ayn Rand mentioned in “The Money-Making Personality”,a monk,a missonary,returns from preaching the Gospel to the people,to speak with high ranking officials of the Catholic Church.His hands are bloody,cut,he has suffered tremendously for his beliefs.
He tells them of his struggle,and the results.
They are living in luxurious surroundings.
One of the Cardinals is asleep.
One of the Cardinals plays with a dog.
The third looks at the monk with a expression of bewildered contempt,as if to say “why spend your time on hard work,when you can have relax and have fun like we do”.

fn2.

See below:

Romney Campaign Run by Charlie Crist’s Political Aides

http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/romney-crist-rubio-gingrich/2012/01/23/id/425195

RRD:For a contrary view see:

Romney’s Crist people aren’t really Crist people | Saint Petersblog

http://saintpetersblog.com/2012/01/romneys-crist-people-arent-really-crist-people/

RRD:Rubio also came to Romney’s defense,rather oddly calling the man who gave us Romneycare, a “conservative”,(perhaps because Romney endorsed him?)

Rubio: “Mitt Romney Is No Charlie Crist” | The Weekly Standard

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/rubio-mitt-romney-no-charlie-crist_618433.html

RRD:My view?
Yes,Romney has many advisors,including those who have worked on the campaigns of Crist AND Rubio,and yes the fact that these people are among his advisors, doesn’t mean that he will take their advice.
However they are,nonetheless,his advisors,and they did,in fact ,advise Crist,and while taken in isolation, the fact that he has ex-Crist advisors is not that damning in and of itself,we are talking about Mitt Romney;someone who is known for pandering to liberals,and for reversing himself,someone whose senoir campaign advisor made the infamous Etch-a-Sketch comment,and someone whose aides reportedly told Politico that they believe that Romneycare would help Romney in the general election.

See:

Mitt Romney or not, GOP is coming for ‘Obamacare’ – Alexander Burns – POLITICO.com

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74629_Page2.html

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An open letter to Sen.John McCain concerning Christine O’Donnell,Hobbits,& the debt ceiling.

RRD:I recently read your latest comments regarding the debt ceiling debate;specifically regarding Christine O’Donnell.Since you are confused on this–as on so many other things–I thought I would clear up your misperceptions(or your lies) on this issue.     You are quoted in The Hill as saying:    ….”This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees”….     GOP ponders debt repercussions – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/174433-gop-ponders-whether-debt-fight-hurts-party     The Hill goes on to note:    …”’Some Republicans blame those weak candidates, elected as Tea Party favorites in GOP primaries, helped the party lose a chance at winning control of the Senate.”….    RRD:Let me explain basic math to such people.    If the GOP had won in Delaware with Mike Castle,that would have given them one seat.   If the GOP had picked up Nevada that would have given them one seat.   If the GOP had picked up Colorado that would have given them one seat.  1+1+1=3  The GOP was 12 seats short.It is now 6 votes short.If the GOP had not nominated Angle,Buck or O’Donnell–& had won all three races–it would still be three seats short.   This means that the GOP would not have won control of the Senate.     Now let us turn to the other races:   Carly Fiorina–whom you endorsed over Chuck Devore,the Hobbit’s choice–was exactly the sort of RINO who was supposed to win.(As opposed to that silly Devore).She lost 52/42 to BARBARA (Ah!But Devore would have lost by even more,at least with Fiorina we LOST BY TEN POINTS!YAY!)    By contrast Hobbits(fn1):Ron Johnson,Rand Paul,Mike Lee,Pat Toomey,and Marco Rubio won their races.   Paul,Toomey,Rubio & Lee were not the establishment picks.    Lindsey Graham declared that Toomey could not win.  Orrin Hatch said(fn2):    ….”I don’t think there is anybody in the world who believes he can get elected senator there,” ….. “Asked if the NRSC would back Toomey, Hatch said, “I don’t think so” and that the party should look for “someone who can win there.”[RRDIn the same article Graham suggested Ridge] …. “Hatch later equivocated and said, “I’m not saying he can’t win —nobody gave me a chance when I ran.”    Indeed the NRSC(the National Republican Senatorial Committee) backed Specter,who switched to the Democrats–and in the end–could not beat Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination.    Crack political thinking Mccain?    Then there’s Rubio.You remember Rubio,Senator Mccain?You endorsed the “Obamacan” Charlie Crist to reward him for endorsing you in 2008.Some believe that he betrayed Giuliani in the process(fn3).But that shouldn’t disturb your code of “honor”.After all,it does permit you to do “whatever’s necessary to win”.(fn4) Against Republicans that is.    But I digress.   In any event,after the NRSC endorsed Crist over Rubio(it’s almost unheard of for the NRSC to endorse a candidate unless they are the incumbent for that seat),the Hobbits gave Rubio the nomination.Crist then declared himself a independent candidate,& in a amazing display of narcissism,demanded the Democrat Kendrick Meek drop out of the race.   Marco Rubio,who “could not win”–according to the “crack political thinking” of the NRSC–won 48% to 29% for Crist,& 20% for  Meek.    Having gotten the “Those tricksy Hobbits cost us cost us control of the Senate”,canard out of the way,let us turn to the underlying assumption:i.e. Hobbits/Tea Partiers care about whether Republicans win elections.   We don’t.   We care about whether Obamacare is repealed.   We care about whether The United States Of America,collapses into Weimar Germany,replete with hyperinflation and mass unemployment.   What we do not care about is the Republican Party.The Republican Party is at best,a useful tool for achieving our goals.At worst,it is a obstacle or a threat.If it cannot be reformed then it will need to be replaced.   Let’s take the case of Mike Castle.Castle,would,in all likelihood,have cruised to a easy victory over Democrat Chris Coons.Delaware IS a bluish state.Yet,knowing this,I & others waged a crusade to help O’Donnell defeat Castle.Indeed,I went further & vowed to help Coons defeat Castle,if Castle got the nomination.   Now why would I do that?   Answer:Why does a chess player sacrifice a rook,or a knight,to checkmate his opponent.(Or to protect his King or Queen?)  The answer is;because he understands that the goal is winning the game.Not preserving a particular chess piece.  Except that the “game”  in this case is not a game.And the goal is not giving the Republicans control of the Senate.  Republicans had control of the House,the Senate,& the Presidency.  What did they do with it?  Under the Rovian strategy(fn5) of “compassionate conservatism” (which was neither),they added massively to our debt,and planned to adopt a neo-conservative philosophy of social welfare spending and social conservatism.   The problem with Mike Castle was not that he was “impure”,or even that he was a RINO.Nor even–as Christine O’Donnell called him–a “Super-Rino”. He wasn’t. He was a Mega-RINO.(In order:Super,Hyper,Mega)   This is a man who was one of two Republican votes,(not two in the House.TWO.Out of hundreds)to vote for the insane DISCLOSE act(fn6).The DISCLOSE act,which was supposedly intended to “merely” require the disclosure of campaign donations,in fact was closer to a 21st century version of the Alien and Sedition act.It was discrimatory against new political groups(read Tea party groups),placed few restrictions on unions,and was written in a way to permit harrassment of bloggers and to destroy online anonymity. In short it was a effort to censor,& to destroy the Tea Party. What on earth would possess me to support my enemy?   Losing the Delaware Senate seat was more than compensated for,by the message it sent to other ,more “normal” RINOS:There is a line,and you cross it–even if it costs us the seat–you’re gone.    And that,Senator Mccain,is what you didn’t get in 2010,what you don’t get in 2011,and what you will probably never get.  So,why then am I writing this to you?  I’M NOT.  Open Letters are often used as a rhetorical device.   I’m writing this for anyone whose mind is open to my argument.    fn.1   On a side note the question must be raised as to whether your insistence on singling out the Hobbits for condemnation(when in fact,the hobbits were only one of several races battling Mordor,e.g.Dwarves,Elves,Men etc.) implies anti-hobbitism on your part.Have you considered that your anti-hobbit views might be explained by MicroAnthropophobia?You might wish to consult a mental health professional on this matter.     fn2   Hatch: Toomey has no shot in Pa. – Manu Raju – POLITICO.com  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21869.html      fn3.   It is rumored that Crist promised his support to Giuliani,& then switched because of some more promising bribe offered by Mccain.     fn4.   McCain: I don’t change my positions « Hot Air   http://hotair.com/archives/2010/08/20/mccain-i-dont-change-my-positions/    “Well, I don’t know. But I’ve always done whatever’s necessary to win,”    fn5  This strategy,which Rove had worked out so very cleverly,and which was supposed to lead to a 50 yr reign of the GOP,collasped in 2006 due to the mismangement of the war in Iraq and the abandonment of the Republican party by the group of Republican voters now known as the Tea Party(or the hobbits). What Rove did not understand is that voters have free will.     fn6    theneointellectual: Why Mike Castle must be defeated whatever it takes #tcot #teaparty #DESEN   http://theneointellectual.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-mike-castle-must-be-defeated.html     theneointellectual: Jay Cost’s argument for Castle is flawed #tcot #DESEN   http://theneointellectual.blogspot.com/2010/09/jay-cost-argument-for-castle-is-flawed.html                  This blog post is protected by copyright under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial,Non-Derivative License 3.0   Copies made be made(in addition to the terms of Fair Use)so long as they are for Non-Commercial use,& derivative works are not made.         
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An open letter to Sen.John McCain concerning Christine O’Donnell,Hobbits,& the debt ceiling.

RRD:I recently read your latest comments regarding the debt ceiling debate;specifically regarding Christine O’Donnell.Since you are confused on this–as on so many other things–I thought I would clear up your misperceptions(or your lies) on this issue.     You are quoted in The Hill as saying:    ….”This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees”….     GOP ponders debt repercussions – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/174433-gop-ponders-whether-debt-fight-hurts-party     The Hill goes on to note:    …”’Some Republicans blame those weak candidates, elected as Tea Party favorites in GOP primaries, helped the party lose a chance at winning control of the Senate.”….    RRD:Let me explain basic math to such people.    If the GOP had won in Delaware with Mike Castle,that would have given them one seat.   If the GOP had picked up Nevada that would have given them one seat.   If the GOP had picked up Colorado that would have given them one seat.  1+1+1=3  The GOP was 12 seats short.It is now 6 votes short.If the GOP had not nominated Angle,Buck or O’Donnell–& had won all three races–it would still be three seats short.   This means that the GOP would not have won control of the Senate.     Now let us turn to the other races:   Carly Fiorina–whom you endorsed over Chuck Devore,the Hobbit’s choice–was exactly the sort of RINO who was supposed to win.(As opposed to that silly Devore).She lost 52/42 to BARBARA (Ah!But Devore would have lost by even more,at least with Fiorina we LOST BY TEN POINTS!YAY!)    By contrast Hobbits(fn1):Ron Johnson,Rand Paul,Mike Lee,Pat Toomey,and Marco Rubio won their races.   Paul,Toomey,Rubio & Lee were not the establishment picks.    Lindsey Graham declared that Toomey could not win.  Orrin Hatch said(fn2):    ….”I don’t think there is anybody in the world who believes he can get elected senator there,” ….. “Asked if the NRSC would back Toomey, Hatch said, “I don’t think so” and that the party should look for “someone who can win there.”[RRDIn the same article Graham suggested Ridge] …. “Hatch later equivocated and said, “I’m not saying he can’t win —nobody gave me a chance when I ran.”    Indeed the NRSC(the National Republican Senatorial Committee) backed Specter,who switched to the Democrats–and in the end–could not beat Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination.    Crack political thinking Mccain?    Then there’s Rubio.You remember Rubio,Senator Mccain?You endorsed the “Obamacan” Charlie Crist to reward him for endorsing you in 2008.Some believe that he betrayed Giuliani in the process(fn3).But that shouldn’t disturb your code of “honor”.After all,it does permit you to do “whatever’s necessary to win”.(fn4) Against Republicans that is.    But I digress.   In any event,after the NRSC endorsed Crist over Rubio(it’s almost unheard of for the NRSC to endorse a candidate unless they are the incumbent for that seat),the Hobbits gave Rubio the nomination.Crist then declared himself a independent candidate,& in a amazing display of narcissism,demanded the Democrat Kendrick Meek drop out of the race.   Marco Rubio,who “could not win”–according to the “crack political thinking” of the NRSC–won 48% to 29% for Crist,& 20% for  Meek.    Having gotten the “Those tricksy Hobbits cost us cost us control of the Senate”,canard out of the way,let us turn to the underlying assumption:i.e. Hobbits/Tea Partiers care about whether Republicans win elections.   We don’t.   We care about whether Obamacare is repealed.   We care about whether The United States Of America,collapses into Weimar Germany,replete with hyperinflation and mass unemployment.   What we do not care about is the Republican Party.The Republican Party is at best,a useful tool for achieving our goals.At worst,it is a obstacle or a threat.If it cannot be reformed then it will need to be replaced.   Let’s take the case of Mike Castle.Castle,would,in all likelihood,have cruised to a easy victory over Democrat Chris Coons.Delaware IS a bluish state.Yet,knowing this,I & others waged a crusade to help O’Donnell defeat Castle.Indeed,I went further & vowed to help Coons defeat Castle,if Castle got the nomination.   Now why would I do that?   Answer:Why does a chess player sacrifice a rook,or a knight,to checkmate his opponent.(Or to protect his King or Queen?)  The answer is;because he understands that the goal is winning the game.Not preserving a particular chess piece.  Except that the “game”  in this case is not a game.And the goal is not giving the Republicans control of the Senate.  Republicans had control of the House,the Senate,& the Presidency.  What did they do with it?  Under the Rovian strategy(fn5) of “compassionate conservatism” (which was neither),they added massively to our debt,and planned to adopt a neo-conservative philosophy of social welfare spending and social conservatism.   The problem with Mike Castle was not that he was “impure”,or even that he was a RINO.Nor even–as Christine O’Donnell called him–a “Super-Rino”. He wasn’t. He was a Mega-RINO.(In order:Super,Hyper,Mega)   This is a man who was one of two Republican votes,(not two in the House.TWO.Out of hundreds)to vote for the insane DISCLOSE act(fn6).The DISCLOSE act,which was supposedly intended to “merely” require the disclosure of campaign donations,in fact was closer to a 21st century version of the Alien and Sedition act.It was discrimatory against new political groups(read Tea party groups),placed few restrictions on unions,and was written in a way to permit harrassment of bloggers and to destroy online anonymity. In short it was a effort to censor,& to destroy the Tea Party. What on earth would possess me to support my enemy?   Losing the Delaware Senate seat was more than compensated for,by the message it sent to other ,more “normal” RINOS:There is a line,and you cross it–even if it costs us the seat–you’re gone.    And that,Senator Mccain,is what you didn’t get in 2010,what you don’t get in 2011,and what you will probably never get.  So,why then am I writing this to you?  I’M NOT.  Open Letters are often used as a rhetorical device.   I’m writing this for anyone whose mind is open to my argument.    fn.1   On a side note the question must be raised as to whether your insistence on singling out the Hobbits for condemnation(when in fact,the hobbits were only one of several races battling Mordor,e.g.Dwarves,Elves,Men etc.) implies anti-hobbitism on your part.Have you considered that your anti-hobbit views might be explained by MicroAnthropophobia?You might wish to consult a mental health professional on this matter.     fn2   Hatch: Toomey has no shot in Pa. – Manu Raju – POLITICO.com  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21869.html      fn3.   It is rumored that Crist promised his support to Giuliani,& then switched because of some more promising bribe offered by Mccain.     fn4.   McCain: I don’t change my positions « Hot Air   http://hotair.com/archives/2010/08/20/mccain-i-dont-change-my-positions/    “Well, I don’t know. But I’ve always done whatever’s necessary to win,”    fn5  This strategy,which Rove had worked out so very cleverly,and which was supposed to lead to a 50 yr reign of the GOP,collasped in 2006 due to the mismangement of the war in Iraq and the abandonment of the Republican party by the group of Republican voters now known as the Tea Party(or the hobbits). What Rove did not understand is that voters have free will.     fn6    theneointellectual: Why Mike Castle must be defeated whatever it takes #tcot #teaparty #DESEN   http://theneointellectual.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-mike-castle-must-be-defeated.html     theneointellectual: Jay Cost’s argument for Castle is flawed #tcot #DESEN   http://theneointellectual.blogspot.com/2010/09/jay-cost-argument-for-castle-is-flawed.html                  This blog post is protected by copyright under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial,Non-Derivative License 3.0   Copies made be made(in addition to the terms of Fair Use)so long as they are for Non-Commercial use,& derivative works are not made.          Creative Commons License
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