Given Team Mitt’s long history of undermining Governor Palin, most recently with his decision to promote serial Palin basher Kevin Madden to a position of prominence in his campaign, none of this is surprising. But still, you’d think from a strategic standpoint, he’d at least pretend to court the conservative base. But then we’re talking about a guy whose positions are decidedly non-conservative, indeed indistinguishable from Obama, on a whole host of issues. Perhaps he’s simply decided to come out of the closet, as it were, and abandon his laughable “I’m severely conservative” charade. Who knows. In a great piece at the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord, discusses the insanity of Mandate Mitt’s decision to stick his thumb in the eyes of conservatives:
Here we go.
So now come all these news reports (just for example, here, here, here, and here) that Team Romney has decided deliberately — deliberately — to trash Sarah Palin by not inviting her to the Tampa convention.
And they expect people to rally to their candidate when they are out there sticking their finger in the eye of the party’s base? Sending a message to the Tea Party to go take a flying leap?
If this is true, and no less than Governor Palin herself has said she is uninvited, one can only wonder:
What are these wizards of smart thinking?
Historically, people who are trashed by their own party employ the one entirely fatal weapon they have at their disposal: they stay home in November.
Precisely. My guess is that Romney (and the inept, but well-paid Establishment consultants advising him) are still enthralled with those elusive, squishy moderates which remind him so much of himself. The GOP has been continuously making this mistake since 1988, and Team Mitt is determined to repeat it: Screw conservatives, they’ll scare off those precious moderates. But what about the conservative voters Mandate Mitt is already scaring off? Aren’t moderates just liberals who won’t admit it?
Multiple Choice Mitt’s troubles don’t exist because moderates and liberals may or may not vote for him. Rather, it’s because many conservatives don’t trust him. Many conservatives won’t do anything more than reluctantly vote for him. They certainly won’t give him any money or put forth any effort on his behalf. Some will flat out stay home as Lord suggests. A rousing speech by Governor Palin speech at the convention, in addition to likely being the only excitement generated at the entire event, may push some reluctant conservatives off the fence into Romney’s camp.
Lord continues his piece with some advice for the Mittster:
What should be done? Having had the opportunity to once upon-a-time work on this kind of issue myself, here’s the answer.
First, quickly and publicly remedy this by graciously inviting Governor Palin.
Second. As the 2008 nominees, Senator McCain and Governor Palin should have some place and/or role of honor at the convention — in this case, yes, speaking slots for both.
Get Governor Palin invited now. Post haste.
She was the first woman VP nominee of the Republican Party. She has more than earned simple, basic respect.
Good advice, but will the Mittster heed it? I have my doubts. For a number of reasons, Mitt Romney’s the worst possible candidate the Republicans could nominate this year. For all his myriad faults, he’s a bright guy. Bright enough, I suspect, to know he’s the wrong guy at the wrong time to take on Obama. He’s the perfect foil for Obama’s class warfare campaign and can’t even exploit Obama’s greatest weakness.
But this has always been about Mitt, not about the country. Mitt Romney really, really, really wants to be president. Maybe it’s because he’ll get to ride around in Air Force One. Maybe it’s Camp David. Maybe it’s all the taxpayer financed travel. Who cares. In any event, he saw 2012 as his last, best chance to be president, and had the money and influence with the Republican Establishment to buy the nomination. And the rest of us will be the ones to pay for Mitt’s personal ambition by suffering four more years of Obama, a prospect which becomes increasingly likely with each move by the Romney campaign. Until and unless Romney’s brain trust figures out that their candidate’s problem is not with moderates, but with conservatives, Mr. Etch-a-Sketch is toast.
Related: Jeffrey Lord has had Mitt’s number for quite a while.