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Posted on 09/29/2011 10:36:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
Rick Perry isn't up to the job. Chris Christie isn't coming to the rescue. Republicans must accept that the candidate they want is right in front of them
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David Frum Why the GOP should embrace Mitt Romney Rick Perry isn't up to the job. Chris Christie isn't coming to the rescue. Republicans must accept that the candidate they want is right in front of them posted on September 28, 2011, at 4:28 PM David Frum recent columns
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Attention, Chris Christie fans. If you are looking for a Republican nominee who could actually do the job of president, who does not repel independent voters, who can survive a 90-minute debate without saying anything foolish, why the hell not Mitt Romney?
For three years, Republican activists, strategists, and donors have tried to find a plausible alternative to Romney, and again and again they have failed. For about 15 minutes, that alternative seemed at last to have materialized in the form of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Perry still leads the national polls and is still raising money. Yet it's hard to miss the loud hiss of air escaping this particular balloon.
So maybe it's time to reconsider the long-standing frontrunner the candidate who was more than conservative enough for party conservatives back in 2008 and to rediscover his good points.
1) Given the dreadful economic conditions, the Democrats will have no choice in 2012 but to run a negative campaign against the Republican alternative. Message: "We may have disappointed you on jobs, but they will take away your Medicare, Social Security, and unemployment insurance."
Of all the Republicans in the field, Romney is least vulnerable to this line of attack. He did not associate himself with the Ryan plan to withdraw the Medicare guarantee from people under age 55. He did not denounce Social Security as a "monstrous lie." He has not condemned the unemployed as layabouts.
Yes, Romney has vulnerabilities of his own in a general election, plenty of them. But at least he is not adding more. Perry, on the other hand, generates new raw material for Democratic attack ads almost every time he opens his mouth.
2) After the campaign comes the presidency. Who can believe that Rick Perry has the wherewithal to do that job? The global financial crisis still rages about us. Just ahead: Debt defaults in Europe. After that? Perhaps the popping of China's real-estate bubble. What else? Who knows?
The person you want in that job in such a time is someone with a deep understanding of finance and economics. The U.S. is paying dearly now for electing in 2008 a president who lacked such understanding, despite many other fine qualities. As a result (as Ron Suskind now reports), economic decision-making in the Obama White House degenerated into a struggle between advisers to sway a more or less passive president.
Romney spent much of his career in financial markets. One benefit of that experience: He is less likely to be overawed by possibly self-interested actors than a less familiar president. The U.S. has had quite enough of that.
3) Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate best positioned to respond effectively to the challenge bequeathed by Barack Obama's health-care reform.
Tea Party Republicans talk loosely of repealing the Affordable Care Act. That's not so easy for three reasons:
i) It will take 60 votes in the Senate to repeal, and Republicans are unlikely to have them;
ii) Important parts of the Affordable Care Act are very popular, and repealing them will trigger intense opposition;
iii) Private health insurance costs are exploding again, and plain repeal of ACA will expose more Americans to the full impact of those costs which they won't like.
Republicans need a realistic approach to what is feasible in the reform of ACA.
There are deals to be done to fix its worst problems (the financing mechanism, the additional Medicaid burdens on states, the lack of cost control) but outright repeal will convulse the American political system for years and very likely end in failure.
The candidate who can make the necessary deals is the one who understands the health system best and also the one candidate who cannot be accused of secretly wishing to destroy the principle of universal coverage. Mitt Romney delivered universal coverage before universal coverage was cool. That's an achievement to be boasted of, not an embarrassment to be apologized for.
There's no such thing as a perfect candidate. It's hard to predict who will and won't make an effective president. It's natural to repine over the candidates who actually exist and yearn for the candidate who is only imagined. Yet in this cycle, it may be the case that the best choice for Republicans and the country is the one that has been waiting there all along.
Romney must be soundly defeated in the primary. I can’t stomach a choice between bad and worse again. Please defeat Romney.
Mr. Frum is a Canadian Bushbot. I guess Mrs. Bush’s call to Mrs. Christie didn’t work....
Thus spake the go-along-to-get-along Frum.
Romney is “the new McCain”.
Those “nitwits” have succeeded in getting all the conservatives to destroy themselves, while Romney remains untouched, which is what the insiders wanted from the start.
If Romney gets the nomintion it’s going to be President Obama once again.
On the Armstrong and Getty radio show in Sacramento, CA they reported that Christie may have changed his mind about throwing his hat into the 2012 ring. I’m awaiting news from other sources to verify this claim. As yet I’ve found nothing.
Exactly with the help of Romnuts campaign staff.
So this guy wants us to vote for Romney on the very reason that Romney is trying to run away from?
“David Frum” is all I needed to see.
(Barf Alert) is unnecessary when the author is David Frum.
4) Because you know he wouldn't dare appoint David Frum to anything.
I am not a fan at all of Mittens (he is about 6th on my list), and I still hope Perry gets his act together. However, feeling better about Cain and Newt getting some play (Cain this week; hopefully Newt in a couple of weeks). Doubt it, but Christie could still get in it. Lots of choices yet. Let's just let this play out.
Christie has gained well over 50 lbs in the last year. Forget about looking good; he does not look well, he looks like a heart attack in waiting.
The only thing I can say about Romney is he’s not Perry.
Let’s see how long these guys can ignore Mr. Cain the true conservative who is now surging ahead.
I'm no big fan of Perry, but RINOs like Frum write Rick off to their peril. He'll get better in upcoming debates, simply by showing up. Perry is a voracious campaigner, and has never lost an election.
I'm in the Cain camp, but I've grown weary of the constant Perry bashing, and by extension, Texas bashing, particularly by those who've never been to Texas.
I just read it was Barbara Bush who called Mrs Christy. Fox and Friends did not make that clear this morning