In a repeat of 2008, Florida is betting on electability. The only difference is that this time around Mitt Romney is the one who has been deemed “electable”. After pouring millions of dollars into off the wall, and in some cases outright dishonest, advertising portraying Newt Gingrich as a disgraced philanderer, hated by anyone who worked with him, Mitt got one huge point across. Newt can’t stand up to a multi-million dollar smear campaign.
The argument for Mitt in Florida seems to be, “if Mitt Romney can do that to Newt, imagine what Obama would do”. The implication seems to be that Obama has more money and could even be dirtier and more dishonest than Romney was. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for Mitt Romney.
Romney made a bit of his own gamble. He won Florida with a scorched earth campaign that pulled out all the stops. Frankly, most Floridians have a sour taste in their mouths. Forgiving Mitt and getting excited for him may end up being a tough pill to swallow for Newt supporters, and Santorum/Paul supporters are pretty well disgusted with both candidates. McCain used some of the same tactics against Romney in 2008 and many Floridians had a hard time getting excited for McCain.
Had Gingrich performed well in the last debate and won Florida, this race would be close to done. Instead, Romney is now back in front and has a clear path to the Republican nomination. He is once again the presumed nominee. At what cost? That is the question leaving Florida.
In an interesting development, Romney garnered more votes than Newt and Santorum combined. Just further proof that Florida conservatives surrendered to electability.
In the interest of full disclosure, today I voted for Newt Gingrich and I am officially endorsing him for President. Newt has one thing the other candidates lack, bold accomplishable ideas. Newt’s 15% flat tax plan is the best tax plan of the remaining candidates. Unlike Paul who talks about how we should leave the Middle East alone, Gingrich actually has a viable American energy plan that would help us avoid the next war in the Middle East. Newt has a proven track record of being revolutionary and putting better policies above political games. He leashed Clinton and accomplished welfare reform and balanced budgets. Newt also has the determination and vision to argue the 14th amendment in the abortion debate to protect the unborn.
I have forgiven Newt for his personal past, as I think all Christians should. Newt testified against Freddie Mac, against giving them money, and in favor of reforming them. Mitt Romney has a funny idea of what lobbying is. I also have no issue supporting a conservative who has made enemies among establishment, middle of the road Republicans. We used to call moderates RINOs before we started consistently nominating them.
Don’t get me wrong, I will support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama. I’ll even get a yard sign and show up at rallies like I did with McCain. But Newt is my first choice, and Romney has greatly disappointed me with the way he ran his Florida campaign. Shame on Mitt Romney for not having enough bold ideas and vision to keep him from having to resort to negative campaigning to get elected.
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