Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

With Obama vulnerable on everything from the sagging economy, massive debt, out-of-control spending, nationalized health care and continued joblessness — to his malaise-inducing disconnect with the American public on a wide range of issues that hit households hard on a daily basis — we read about talk of a brokered GOP convention. Without a doubt this is a risky strategy guaranteed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Republicans want the perfect candidate, when in fact one has never existed. Yet we are ready to throw in the towel and consider recruiting a pig-in-a-poke alternative to the candidates who have survived the previous debates — a vital function in preparation for the general election.

Do yourself a favor and readA Brokered Convention Could Be Dangerous for GOP” by Sean Trende. You’ll sound like a genius around the water cooler next week.

9 Responses to Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

  1. Stanford says:

    I agree with Mr.Trende..A “brokered convention” will guarantee an Obama victory.
    How stupid can we be? I believe this would be a Sarah Palin dream event, but would destroy America. She loves nothing more than the spotlight, but is incapable of winning. She found her niche as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska but abandoned her governorship when even she realized she was over her head.

  2. ZOO says:

    It could be that the rally-round candidate has not emerged because many Republicans do not buy into the “anybody but Obama” call due to the disasterous reign of George W. Bush; that is how we got Obama to begin with. If the GOP has become so fearful of the Democrats that they are nervous about a lengthy vetting process, maybe that is the heart of their problem. The party has developed a reputation of flip-flop, sell-out, and cave-in and become top heavy with people you would swear are Democrats just under the surface. Another bait-and-switch candidate or “compassionate conservative” is what most frustrated voters want to avoid. The Democrats know their base and play to it, whereas the GOP keeps hopping back and forth over the line. If the Republicans want unity, they had better stick to their principles and values, and jettison the “anybody but Obama” mindset – that is a losing strategy. The election is about ousting Obama, but it is not about replacing him with another Bush, a McCain, or any other on-again off-again conservative.

  3. Fed Up says:

    I have to challenge one part of your comment. You say:
    “Republicans do not buy into the “anybody but Obama” call due to
    the disastrous reign of George W. Bush; that is how we got Obama to begin with.”

    We actually got Obama because John McCain campaigned for him. While McCain was the GOP presidential candidate he told Republicans who showed up for his appearances that Barack Obama “is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared (of ) as President of the United States.”

    RINO McCain expended more energy and campaigned harder against conservative JD Hayworth as he was desperate to retain his senate seat, than he did against Barack Hussein Obama. For his efforts to turn this country to Marxism, he should be impeached. He was actually booed by the audience after he made this ridiculous attempt at political correctness. Would he have been so conciliatory had Obama been all white instead of half? I sincerely doubt it.

    • Doc says:

      Hey Fed Up…You make a GREAT POINT! I’ll add to it by saying that the PROOF in th’ pudding is ?senator? mccain’s RENOWNED REPUTATION for BLAITANT R-U-D-E-N-E-S-S to staff AND CONSTITUENTS!

      …yet he’ll espouse political correctness (LYING!!!) by telling Americans how we “HAVE NOTHING TO BE SCARED (OF) AS PRESIDENT OF…”…My GOD this man makes me sick! He really should be impeached…

  4. Matt DeGennaro says:

    Who has ever done a better job of shooting ourselves in the foot, eating our own, killing our chances for victory…than Republicans? Since Reagan we have done very little right. Yes, we have a majority in the House of Representatives, but without a like-thinking Senate, they are powerless. We elected two liberal Bushes and have nominated over-the-hill simpletons such as Bob Dole and John McCain. We seem to forget that the next four years will be a major turning point for this country with the vacancies that will occur on the US Supreme Court. That alone should motivate Republicans, but nothing appears to register with the fools who are ready to cede our country over to the enemy.

    In demanding unattainable political purity, we are ready to throw Mitt Romney — a man with drive, leadership and business experience — under the bus because we think he’s too rich, too handsome (plastic), too cultivated, too Mormon, too good for the likes of us. And because of our foolishness, we will gift our children and future generations with socialism. I’ve read some of the idiocy passing for principles here and have actually considered reregistering as an “anything but.”

  5. Jane says:

    I read this and another article about a brokered convention and felt educated at least. I wouldn’t wish a brokered solution on the party, but I don’t follow the logic that it would be the death knell to a GOP win. People feel desperate, we all feel what’s at stake. When just praying in public can land you in court, I’m not convinced that Republicans will walk away from fighting an Obama second-term just because the convention didn’t go their way.

    @DeGennaro, your first paragraph is well-taken. After that, you make serious leaps in defense of Mitt Romney. If one can complain that the two Bushes were liberal, it doesn’t follow that Romney would then be the go-to guy. The problem Romney has as a candidate is that he excites…no one. I don’t know any conservatives who argue that Romney is too handsome, or rich, or cultivated—yet for this primary, conservatives are the people who matter. While Romney possess natural talent for business, we all remember single-issue election years and can recognize that 2012 must not be one of them. Unfortunately, beyond Romney’s deft management of Bain Capital, his feet are firmly planted in quicksand. Owing to no one’s “foolishness” but his own, the more he contests his liberal leanings the more he sinks in the polls.

    Here’s one question: if political purity is such a dangerous aspiration, then why all the rancor over any other candidate? I hear a lot of empty claims about Romney. The only grounds for asserting that Romney is “the only one” who can beat Obama seems to be that Romney also appeals to liberals!

    • Matt DeGennaro says:

      In order to win the most important election in the history of our nation, we better coalesce around one candidate already on the stage. This is not the time for game playing. We let Bachmann, the most conservative, go. Opportunist Sarah Palin is said to be salivating over the idea of a brokered convention.

      Ron Paul is not going to win. Gingrich is hostile, and like McCain and Dole before him, Gingrich views the presidency as
      his due. Santorum is stepping in it on a daily basis. I get my religion from my Bible and pastor. I don’t need it from him, thank you very much. Don’t lose sight of the fact that he voted for tax increases every time they came up during his senate tenure. He voted for the horrendous prescription drug giveaway, he voted for the “No Child Left Behind” debacle.It was Rick Santorum who worked diligently to defeat conservative Pat Toomey, throwing his support to Arlen Specter and making countless appearances on his behalf.SANTORUM IS NO CONSERVATIVE! He has foolishly configured the mandates in ObamaCare as imposing contraceptives on faith-based organizations which oppose them. This is raw insanity. And speaks to his misunderstanding of the real issue which is not contraceptives at all.

      Romney can win. He is not Obama. He will appoint three US Supreme Court Justices. That is crucial, Jane. Look at the current Obama appointments. There is no wonderment there. Only fear of more and loathing for what he has already done.

      Romney can win. Without him leading the ticket, I firmly believe our country is doomed. I am a conservative and strongly hold this view.

    • Jane says:

      All I ask of Romney advocates is to realize that most of what you’re declaring as fact is largely your personal assessment. Don’t ask others to abandon their own judgement in favor of yours. For instance you say, “Romney can win…He will appoint three US Supreme Court Justices.” Do you realize that this was the same rationale Santorum used for endorsing Arlen Specter? If you can’t accept such arguments from Rick Santorum, it shouldn’t be hard to understand that I cannot accept the identical argument from you?

      I can forgive Santorum’s foibles, just like you can forgive Mitt Romney’s well-documented record on abortion, climate, etc. I recently heard a clip of Romney calling Obama a nice guy. Personally, I don’t think Obama is a nice guy. I predict Mitt Romney will take that same appeasement rhetoric into the general election and suffer for us all the same defeat McCain earned.

      One thing I DEFINITELY like about Santorum is his willingness to fight in this race. You will be surprised to find out how many of us–especially women–long for a candidate who’s not routinely mincing his words. I don’t see Mitt Romney fighting Obama now, so there’s no reason to expect him to fight later. However, I do see Obama & Co. lashing a passive Mitt Romney into oblivion.

      Truth: Romney is not the only one who can win.

      All the Romney-is-savior emoting is very unconvincing. Anyone who wants to win this race must be willing to take on Obama.

  6. Seen It All says:

    Having a “willingness” to take on Obama is not exclusive to Sanctimonious Santorum. Each of the candidates — except for Ron Paul — who acknowledges he isn’t going to win, have the “willingness.” But winning trumps willingness any day of the week. We will lose and lose big with Santorum heading the ticket. He is gaffe prone, preachy and voted for most all of the costly items the left held out as “good for us,” instead of showing strong leadership and opposing them. As to Romney not being conservative enough, I am a strong conservative and just cast my ballot for him. This is the true Rick Santorum: