Mitt Romney or Barack Obama: Is this the best we can do?

Mitt Romney or Barack Obama: Do we need a third choice?

Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich’s overdue withdrawal from the GOP Presidential primary race didn’t leave the nomination to Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor sealed that deal when Rick Santorum quit in April.

Gingrich’s withdrawal, however, removes the last real irritant to Romney march to the GOP mantle. Soon to be ex-Congressman Ron Paul will continue his third and last hopeless quest for the Presidency but he is little more than a fly buzzing around cow flop.

Romney has turned his full attention to his final roadblock on the road to the White House: Incumbent President Barack Obama. He faces a polarizing President who should be easy to beat but the candidate the GOP will select in Tampa for that job is bruised and battered from a bloody primary that has delivered neither the best man for the job nor necessarily the one who can – or will – win.

As we have said here before, Romney emerges from the GOP primary as the dog with the least fleas – a flawed candidate from what many consider the worst crop of Presidential wannabes ever fielded by a major or minor political party.

Romney will not emerge from the primary season as a winner. He is – if anything – only a survivor, the last occupant of a lifeboat that may have been better off going down the GOP’s latest version of the Titanic.

The Republican party that will be asked to support Mitt Romney is a bitter, divided gathering of extremists that puts dogma above country, politics above patriotism and excess above reason.

The party that screams “America first” is drowning in own hyperbole, gutted from within by right-wing radicals and oppressive ideologues. Republicans can’t claim to represent America because they don’t understand the land of the free or the home of the brave. A nation founded on the belief of freedom of expression and tolerance cannot be served by a party that stifles individualism and preaches homophobia and racism.

Capitol Hill Blue talked with Republican rank and file around the nation and found widespread dissatisfaction with not only the leadership of the party but also with the slate of candidates who campaigned for the Presidency.

“My parents were Republicans. My grandparents were Republicans,” says Sally Akins of Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I can’t vote Republican this election. This party no longer represents me or my beliefs.”

Desmond Hawkins of Atlanta feels the same way.

“I can not with good conscience support the extreme views that now represent the Republican Party today,” he says. “No one who ran for President served the party. Not Mitt Romney, not Newt Gingrich, not Rick Santorum, not Ron Paul.”

While Democrats also appear fractured and unsure whether or not they will united behind Obama, Republicans appear even more divided when it comes to their party.

“The Republican party used to be my party,” says Alicia Haynes of San Diego. “But it has become an abomination. I can no longer owe my allegiance to it.”

One could argue that a primary season that saw – at one time or another – a gaggle of frontrunners that included Donald Trump (who wasn’t even a candidate), Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum was doomed to disaster from the start.

So can Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama? Probably not. With six months to go, anything can happen in the unpredictable world of American politics. But when Americans go into the voting booth in November the number one question on their minds should be: “Is the best we can do?”

Sadly, in 2012 it was – but it shouldn’t be that way.

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23 Responses to "Mitt Romney or Barack Obama: Is this the best we can do?"

  1. Deborah Smarth  May 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

    With all due respect, the GOP presidential contenders started with Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Gingrich, Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Santorum. The only two GOP presidential candidates now standing are true “conservative” Congressman Ron Paul and moderate “flip-flopper” establishment candidate Mitt Romney. The media proves it’s incapable of holding the profession to true journalistic standards by their omission and non-coverage of Dr. Paul. He is standing strong and he has large number of delegates being selected to the August national convention despite the media’s mis-information about their candidate Mitt Romney’s delegate numbers. Eventually, all “truth” emerges. The Convention will prove more exciting than most years! Ron Paul is the only choice for a solid economic plan to deal with the national debt, less taxation, less government spending and a sane foreign policy which doesn’t end up placing America in unnecessary and undeclared wars. Once Americans see these vast differences,they will recognize the only true choice is Ron Paul for President.

    • Doug Thompson  May 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

      I’m sorry Deborah but a choice that doesn’t stand a chance of winning the nomination is no choice. Paul is a fringe candidate and was way too fringe even for the extremists who now dominate the Republican party.

      • Al Steinle  May 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        I’m sorry but the only real choice is Ron Paul. The others will continue to run this country into the ground. There is no substantial difference between Robama and Omney. If you vote for either of these two nutcases there is no hope for you either.

      • Will Harris  May 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        I’m sorry, but if you disagree with his philosophies and principles, that’s one thing. If you’re voting for someone you disagree because “he can win,” then you’re simply letting others decide what your vote will be.

        You get one vote. You should put it toward what you believe in. Don’t put it toward something others believe in just because they might win.

        In other words, what specifically does anyone LIKE about Mitt Romney? Why has he been the GOP default from the beginning? Because the party big wigs told you only he could win….

      • Chris Rice  May 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        Vote with you’re heart, for what you believe in. If everyone said mitt Romney won’t win, would you still vote for him?

    • thomas bonsell  May 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Ron Paul’s ecnomic plan to deal with the national debt by less taxation and less government spending would do the exact opposite of what you say. Both spending cuts and tax reductions for the aristocracy have repeatedly been done and have always resulted in worse economies.

      We bought that crap from Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and nothing of his promises occurred; instead we got the beginning of our present economic problems. We bought the crap from George W. Bush and the destruction continued unabated.

      The economic problems we face today are the logical outcome of right-wing economic fantasies put into practice.

      Try this line from the New York Times obit of Nixon-Reagan economic advisor Bill Niskanen:

      “In the end,” Mr. Niskanen wrote, “there was no Reagan revolution.”

      Bill was a few years ahead of me in high school so I know him to have been one of the brightest individuals you could ever meet. How he got associated with such clowns as Nixon and Reagan is a mystery other than he claimed to be a libertarian and those two lied that they were also,

  2. Rob  May 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I agree with Deborah. If anything, it seems Ron Paul is gaining momentum! With legitimate wins where he will take no less than half the delegates from Iowa, Minnesota, and Louisiana (possibly Washington state too), as well as the RNC threatening not to take ANY delegates from Nevada if they select too many Paul supporters, the convention this summer should be interesting. I voted for Obama four years ago, Paul has my vote this fall.

    • Doug Thompson  May 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Ron Paul is gaining momentum? For what? A bed in a Texas nursing home? :)

      • PattyFromTexas  May 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        Doug, when you resort to insults, you’ve lost the argument. In case you haven’t noticed there is a civil war going on in the GOP, why don’t you sit back and enjoy the fireworks? When the dust settles , the landscape will look completely different, for instance the policy of preemptive wars in the name of peace based on false information, and 16 trillion dollar bailouts will no longer be part of the platform. Now doesn’t that sound good to you?

        • Doug Thompson  May 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

          When are you folks going to understand? There’s no battle to lose because Ron Paul has already lost. His race was hopeless from the beginning because you can’t win an election from the fringe. How on earth could any of you believe that an grandfatherly obstetrician with a head full of crackpot ideas ever stood a chance? He never has, he never did and he never will. It’s just too bad that all this misplaced passion could not find a real leader to support…assuming there is one out there someone. Yes, this country needs a savior but Ron Paul ain’t one.

      • Sara DeVine  May 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        Things are happening, Doug. Don’t expect to hear too much about them, though. You could do a little digging of your own.

        • Doug Thompson  May 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          I’ve done a lot of digging, especially into the questionable record of Ron Paul. That’s why we see him for what he is…a political con artist.

      • Will Harris  May 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Mr. Thompson, please do tell us what is so wonderful about Romney. If your only real reason for supporting this empty suit is that “he can win,” then you’re going to be getting a mystery candidate. He’s flip-flopped more than John Kerry, for god’s sake.

        • Doug Thompson  May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

          Say what? Exactly where is it written that I support Mitt Romney or, for that matter, any of the other losers on the GOP or Democratic side of the ticket? Try doing a little research first. Oh, I forgot. Research is not necessary for those who see Ron Paul as the messiah. I don’t like Romney or Obama but I also think Ron Paul is a pathetic political quack, along with Bachmann, Santorum, Cain, Gingrich and the rest of the bunch.

  3. Reggie  May 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Wow…
    Total coward criminal establishment propaganda that deliberately ignores a STILL CONTENDING candidate “that doesn’t have a chance” according to the sock-puppet shill writing this garbage and YET, can wax stupid on all the establishment clowns who’ve dropped out since they, we are to believe, DO have a chance.
    Bought-and-paid-for criminal propaganda.
    God bless Amerika.

  4. Jim B.  May 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Interesting to read the views of former supporters of the Republican party and how they feel about the multi-fissured Grand Old Party.

    I really liked this sentence: “A nation founded on the belief of freedom of expression and tolerance cannot be served by a party that stifles individualism and preaches homophobia and racism.” I totally agree….anger, hate, extreme negativity will implode upon itself…It’s no way to attract support, and it represents the dark chapters in our country’s history and its current struggles.

    One thing I do have to point out is that “pizza” seems to be emerging as some type of weird theme in the Republican Party….First it was Herman Cain, of Godfather’s pizza fame (failed former Repub. Presidential contender) and now the latest is the Rom hangin’ with John Schnatter, Papa John’s pizza founder & giving a private audience that was surreptitiously taped and released to the press.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romney-at-pizza-tycoons-home-everyone-should-live-like-this-20120502,0,2643281.story

    If Rom wins the election (unlikely, I know), could our country be ruled by pizza oligarchs? The 1% who control us with sausage, pepperoni, and extra cheese on a thick crust? :)

    Oh, and in regards to Ron Paul, Doug, you know my position: “Ron Paul is the bravest, kindest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

  5. Sara DeVine  May 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Obviously, the title of this article is disingenuous. Because the answer is clear and simple. We’re all just too politically automated to see it. If there were someone who really stood outside of the establishment running for office, what would the establishment do to discredit said person? What platforms would they use? What language? And would you fall for it?

  6. Brad Emerson  May 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    RON PAUL is the ONLY ONE that can save us!!! The media wants you to think that he cannot win. When in fact, he is winning Delegates much faster and effectively than Mitt Romney could dream of. Mitt Romney is an Evil, Corrupt, Creation of the terrible system that currently is USA! In the end Ron Paul will win! But Romney, Obama, and the Bilderberg Group will do whatever they can to hide the truth and create their own Evil outcome for the American people! Vote for Dr. Paul, spread the word about the Bilderberg Group’s plan for a One Government New World Order!!! It will happen, whether you believe it or not! WAKE UP USA!!! Before it’s too late… :-)))

    • Doug Thompson  May 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Ron Paul is the only one who can save us? Then God save us all. This country is even more hopeless than I thought.

  7. Almandine  May 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Regarding the term “best”, what would be better? How would we distinguish such a person? What manner of candidacy would bring him/her forth? How could s/he fight through the political zeitgeist to get elected?

  8. Almandine  May 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    And here we have Obama, campaigning for the votes of millions of American women who – if their approach be valid – have neither the intellect or the gumption to declare: “Enough already, I want to be a fully functioning female human being who takes care of herself!”

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/03/obama-woos-julia-other-single-women-with-promise-of-lifelong-subsidies/

    Does it not make those who would succumb to such a ploy feel worthless? If not, what have those fathers and mothers been doing as regards parenting?

    Tis a foul day, Ollie… too bad the kids ain’t wise enough to see their slave masters.

  9. Almandine  May 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    How about “who could be the best strategist?” It would seem that anyone besides BHO would fall far short:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/03/in-order-to-move-forward-obama-pushes-medicares-october-surprise-back/

  10. Issodhos  May 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I would think that given the fact that they are the two voters who will be offered to the electorate in November, and they are the two that their respective parties have chosen, the answer to your question would be, “yes”.
    Yours,
    Issodhos

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