DeMint's Common Sense on Romney
For Senator Jim DeMint, the prospect of Mitt Romney securing the GOP nomination sooner rather than later is a good thing. In remarks made on Thursday that were reported by CNN, the reliably conservative South Carolinian and Tea Party favorite suggested that closing out the Republican presidential contest means "we [Republicans] can focus on the real problem which is Obama."
At this point in the nominating fight, the delegate math is strongly working against Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. It would take more than Hail Mary passes for either man to win the Republican nomination; it would take near miracles.
After a meeting with Romney on Capitol Hill, DeMint commented:
"His [Romney's] leadership skills, the fact that he hasn't lived his life in Washington. There's a lot to like there."
Referring to Santorum and Gingrich, DeMint said:
"They can drag it out to the convention if they want, but I think if some of them look at where they are the best thing they can do is maybe look at throwing their support behind the one who might be our nominee and that's beginning to look like Romney."
DeMint's remarks came on a day that Rick Santorum is reported to have said that re-electing Barack Obama is preferable to electing Mitt Romney as president. Santorum's counsel, though coming in the heat of battle, is reckless.
Giving Barack Obama a second "nothing to lose term" could only increase the threats to the rule of law and liberty. The economy and the nation's finances can't tolerate an extension of Mr. Obama's policies. President Obama is a committed leftist whose aim is nothing short of a radical transformation of the nation. Four years without election worries would simply make Mr. Obama bolder in his anti-freedom efforts.
Grassroots conservatives have every right to be unenthusiastic about a Romney nomination. Romney as president may prove to be the "squish" that conservatives fear he is. But all conservatives need to recognize the danger posed by handing Mr. Obama another lease on the White House. Democrats of old had their "yellow dog," which they said they'd vote for over any Republican. For conservatives, Mitt Romney just may need to be their yellow dog.