Mark Levin’s Either Or, Bachmann or Santorum Endorsement

Bookmark and Share    While most individual endorsements have only varying degrees of minimal effect on the success or failure of a candidate, the collective endorsements of like-minded leaders can have significant effect on voter’s behaviors.  At the very least, a united front of endorsements from those associated with a particular cause or ideology, can easily force the faithful to look at the candidate behind those endorsements and open the door to their own support for that candidate.

In Republican politics, one group that falls in to this category of influential endorsements are those who share a seat at the table of conservative columnists and radio talk show hosts.

Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Tammy Bruce, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Neal Bootrz, Michael Gallagher, Mark Levin and the King of conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, these are just some of the most influential commercial conservative opinion shapers.  As lone voices, they may not be able to swing and election one way or the other, but collectively, if these leading figures, or a vast majority of them were to support a particular candidate, their listeners who comprise an audience of activists Republican who make up the base of the G.O.P. , would not be able to avoid considering their endorsement.  At the very least, such a coordinated effort would force them to at least reconsider their own candidate of preference.

In 2008, most of the conservative talking heads rallied around Mitt Romney.  When the 2008 primary came down to a clear two man race between McCain and Romney, McCain was the candidate that conservatives wanted an alternative to.  Ironically, in 2008, that candidate was Romney.

So far, in the 2012 election, the conservative talking heads have not yet been able to coalesce around a single alternative to Mitt Romney.  But as the first voting in the nomination process approaches, these conservative hosts are beginning to dash to the corners of certain candidates.  However they are doing so based  on a process of elimination that has them picking the candidate they least dislike.  They have written Romney and Huntsman off as too liberal, they wrote Perry off as incapable of campaigning effectively,  Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer as flakes who are not significant enough for them to consider, Ron Paul for not being sane enough,  and now they are writing Newt Gingrich off as a candidate who is too liberal, commercial, and personally flawed.

With Herman Cain now out of the running, that process of elimination would leave them with Bachmann, Santorum.

Evidence of that process was recently demonstrated by Mark Levin who on his radio show, gave listeners an either or endorsement.  Either Michele Bachman or Rick Santorum [listen to the clip in the video provided below this post].

Levin did however state that he is not trying to tell people what to do.  He said that what he thinks doesn’t really matter because the voters will decide for themselves.  But Levin stated that for himself, if the primary was coming up in his state anytime soon, his vote would come down to Michele Bachmann or Rick Santorum.  His reasoning behind his preference of them is due to what he described as their history of being consistent conservatives.

Before he offered his personal view, he did also stipulate that he will be supporting whoever is the ultimate Republican nominee.  Levin also added that the first priority is defeating Obama.

I can appreciate Mark Levin’s either or endorsement and what’s more is, I can appreciate the way he did it.

Mark Levin has been careful not to assassinate the character of all of the other candidates.  With the exception of Ron Paul, unlike some, Levin has not tried to hobble any of the other candidates and he has criticized others in his field who have stated and written things about the other candidates which will simply play right in to the hands of President Obama and the liberal establishment.

As Levin himself states, his endorsement is probably not going to effect who the nominee is and he does not intend for it do so.  He states that it is merely his personal decision.  But with the seeming desire to write-off Newt Gingrich by others like Ann Coulter and Michele Malkin, and with the general dislike for Romney from the rest of the conservative talking head circuit, there is a very plausible scenario which could see all these opinion makers slowly follow Levin’s lead and make this nomination come down to a choice between Romney and either Santorum and Bachmann.

They did this in 2008 when they lined up behind Romney.  But it didn’t work.  John  McCain went on to win the nomination and lose the presidency.  And in 2012, if that type of process of elimination were to again play itself out, I believe we will see the similar results for Republicans in the 2012 general election.

Hopefully this can be avoided, but I am only slightly optimistic.

While I have personally chosen to endorse Newt Gingrich, like Mark Levin, I have also chosen not to close the door on any of the other realistic choices for President.  In the end, when all is said is said and done,  I believe that Mitt Romney will be our nominee and unlike some who have painted Romney as a flaming liberal, I have come to accept the fact that the vision that Romney has proposed for our nation is in fact a conservative one and a vast improvement over what we currently have.  Furthermore, in Romney I see a leader with a record of proven success, a man who is a true manager who has shown his ability to take the reigns of a chaotic situation and tame it, as he did with the 2002 Winter Olympics.  That doesn’t mean I that I won’t promote Newt.  But it also doesn’t mean that I will spite myself and the Party if I do not get the pcik of litter.

I  understand that whoever the nominee is, when the dust settles, people’s opinions will change.  Conservatives will find many things to like about the ultimate nominee but by then it may be too late.  When that time comes, if they continue to go on record with their character assignations and the denigration of those who are not their first choice, the Democrats will have been provided all that they need to make it hard for changed minds to achieve their goal of beating Obama.

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