Right enough, as far as it goes.
BOSTON, Mass. — After a day spent waging bi-coastal combat with the Obama campaign, Mitt Romney’s team in Boston earned the highest compliment Rush Limbaugh has ever paid them Thursday afternoon: “I’m telling you,” he said. “This is not the McCain campaign.”
Once-skeptical conservatives knew exactly what he meant. In the eyes of many on the right, John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid was a disaster not because he lost, but because he refused to fight. Conservatives believe McCain bought into a liberal media narrative that personal attacks on Barack Obama were unseemly and even racist. The conservative caricature of Candidate McCain that emerged in the wake of the Republicans’ defeat wasn’t of an unreliable moderate — rather, it was one of an Establishment figure paralyzed by political correctness, and unwilling to go blow for blow with Obama.
Who also happened to be an unreliable, untrustworthy moderate who was not only not truly conservative, but openly hostile to conservatives often enough.
Truth is, Romney doesn’t have the kind of record of gratuitously snootering conservatives that McCain does, but I still don’t trust him at all. Which doesn’t mean that I’m not going to gleefully endorse every least slap in the face he deals out to the silly socialist prick currently infesting the White House, mind. Whether that eventually ends up being enough to get me and others like me to outright support him…well, time will tell on that, I guess.
The unapologetically aggressive tone of Romney’s campaign is manifest at every turn — from his aides’ fierce Twitter wars, to the candidate’s surprise press conference at failed green solar company Solyndra, and the campaign’s continued refusal to apologize for Donald Trump’s outlandish conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth certificate.
And why the hell should he? In the first place, he’s not responsible for Trump’s position on anything–and no, accepting Trump’s support is NOT tantamount to endorsing those positions. As for “apologies” for positions held by someone else, you liberals have the right to petulantly demand one the minute Ogabe unequivocally takes responsibility for Wright, Ayers, Dohrn, Alinksi, Van Jones, and Cloward-Piven–all of whom have advocated positions and beliefs Ogabe himself has held throughout his life, and only abandoned as a ruse when it became politically necessary–and not before. Until then, screw every last one of you in the liver with a rusty railroad spike.
Kevin Madden, a Romney adviser, said they’re simply making good on their promise in the primaries to take the fight to Obama.
“As a campaign, we won’t cede even an inch when it comes to delivering the governor’s message,” he said.
And Romney himself said his supporters were merely responding to rowdy Democratic behavior.
“And at some point you say, ‘You know what, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,'” he said. “If they’re going to be heckling us, why we’re not going to sit back and play by very different rules. If the president is going to have his people coming to my rallies, and heckling, why, we’ll show them that, you know, we conservatives have the same kind of capacity he does.”
Damned straight. The appropriate response to outrageous Democrat Socialist accusations against conservatives of racism, stealing the last crust of bread from the bleeding lips of the deserving, starving poor to enrich themselves, and an inchoate desire to destroy the environment and kill puppies is NOT to whimper and curl up into a fetal ball, then issue a 678 page position paper analyzing why federal corn-silk regulations hindered economic growth by a startling thirteen percent in the last third of the first quarter. It’s to punch them in their pinched, sallow faces with brass knuckles, again and again and again, until they quack like a duck, their eyes roll back in their heads, and blood pours from their ears like water from a tap.
Figuratively speaking, of course.
The word “RINO” is actually a misnomer; the GOP is most decidedly NOT a conservative party, and all we’re ever going to get from them is one mushy moderate after another. This country won’t be restored by moderates, no matter how hard they may fight for their losing-more-slowly “principles.” But if that’s all we have to work with for the nonce, then yeah, I’d ten times rather see one that is at least willing to openly call a socialist a socialist, and doesn’t take their lies and slanders lying down.