Thursday, January 17, 2008

Argumentum ad Michigum

The other night, Michigan voted.

Now, let's take it on general principle that, whatever Michigan decides, the rest of America ought to carefully examine, at the very least. Michigan is presently in the midst of what it calls a "one state recession". Fair enough. Does anyone want to pay heed to the one state that has managed to exclude itself from national prosperity? I didn't think so.

Mitt Romney won the state by promising (if obliquely) to restore the state's economic glory by invigorating the auto industry. Unless Gov. Romney has a plan for making the Pontiac a drivable car, while simultaneously catering to the absurd demands of the UAW, he has promised a batch of lies. Michiganders, as they are wont to do, swallowed his populist tripe. Romney came promising jobs (because who wouldn't?) and the mediocre people of Michigan pulled his lever.

Well, Michigan, you pressed your luck. Enjoy your whammy.

Make no mistake, a Mitt Romney election is a coronation for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. In head-to-head polls, Romney currently runs double digit deficits against both, and a staggering 30 points behind the latter. John McCain runs neck-and-neck against both. The present media narrative casts Romney against a tidal wave of primitive "social" conservatives, who see Romney as a member of a cult.

Newsflash: The dude belongs to a religion that wears special pajamas. If Mitt Romney is not part of a cult, then there is no such thing as a cult. At least voters who have read the Old Testament can at least comprehend the occassional quirky belief, what with the Levitical codes and all. A political moderate will experience no such equivocation.

For reasons that make precisely no sense to me, the conservative establishment (The Weekly Standard excepted) has thrown it's (rabid) support behind Romney. At present, those same movement conservatives are heralding Michigan as the bellwether for political legitimacy. Perhaps Rich Lowry should pay a visit to Benton Harbor for a healthy dose of reality.

To the extent that Mitt Romney is nominally more conservative than John McCain, he deserves a fair shake in the primary process. He has not, however, earned the title of conservative purist, such that we ought to set aside all questions of electability. He certainly has not earned the right to deflect all questions regarding his more liberal political stances, as he has frequently done.

But Michigan, that least desirable of the United States, has decided that Mitt Romney is their man, at least so far as Republican candidates are concerned. The Democrats decided (conveniently) to render the Michigan primary null, on account of the state's curious effort to abscund power by pushing it's primary before Super Tuesday.

Had the Republicans done likewise, they would have preserved momentum for their frontrunner, and paved the way for an emboldened McCain to secure victory in November. Instead, they subjected themselves to the whims of the least successful state in the history of the union.

You reap what you sow, as they say. Mitt Romney has sown Michigan. What does that say about him? He remains unworthy of your vote.


Anonymous Thom said...

I don't vote for flip floppers, and Romney makes Kerry look downright consistent.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Conservative talk radio is absolutely unlistenable nowadays. With their "Romney or Bust" mentality, Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager are leading a steady drumbeat off a cliff, as far as I'm concerned.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

And when questions arise about his flip-flopping, suddenly these fawning Romney worshippers turn into dispassionate cynics who accept his stances as a function of political reality.

Why are McCain's (less pronounced) flip-flops less forgivable than Romney's?

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what... Michigan went with the only guy who would give them lip service. They know campaigning is all lies.

This will be Romneys only victory. McCain will be President.

This vote was a cry for help from Michiganders. A cry heard by everyone, ignored by everyone, and ridiculed by some.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Michigan has been a victim of "help". What they need is for unions, government, and every other restraint on the marketplace to leave them alone.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heartily disagree.

Nevermind the Mormons. The Baptists make the definition of "cult" useless.

7:42 PM  

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