Bob Dole was a war hero and stalwart conservative workhorse – with a feared wit. John McCain was a war hero and conservative rogue. Mitt Romney is a super successful businessman and chameleon showing occassional conservative colors.
Dole held back his wit and ran a milquetoast campaign culminating in a final few days of self-punishing appearances for an old man. The Nation had arisen to the call of the Contract for America. But, in 96 Dole couldn’t sound assembly for the millions of voters who showed up in 94. When Bill Clinton ran as a Republican on the issues, Dole couldn’t explain the difference. He didn’t have a vision remarkably different from Clinton – when Bill said the era of Big Government is over – since the Federal Government was gong to be large and in charge, just not ‘humongeous’.
McCain, like Dole, knew it was his turn. He was fierce and powerful on some right issues and an absolute loon, or albatross, on others. His campaign – based on ‘it’s my turn now’ – came alive when Sarah Palin, a courageous conservative, was brought on as candidate for VP. When an economic bubble burst – as they always do – McCain was so clueless on economics that he joined the herd of Congressional lemmings and ran for the cliff. So, the difference between McCain and Obama as the economy nose-dived was the singular fact that McCain was the other name on the ballot when America got to elect a Black, affirmative action, iconic, feel-good symbol.
Romney. Ugh. Romney-care. Progressive tax rates. Islam is a religion of peace. Saving Social Security as a Federal Government function. Pro-abortion and pro-homosexual rights until – what – last week? Neither professing orthodox Christian nor Jewish worldview. Real mean streak in campaigning against Republicans, but milquetoast with Obama.
Unfortunately, Romney has to get LESS than 50% of the remaining delegates to NOT win on the first ballot at the RNC Convention. Double Ugh. Hope and pray this pea in the pod is NOT the Republican candidate.