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Mitt Romney Can’t Catch A Break–Christine O’Donnell Endorses Him

Former Gov. Mitt Romney just can’t seem to get a break. And most  recently, it’s not because of an endorsement he failed to get. It’s because of  one he just received, from failed Delaware Senate candidate Christine  O’Donnell, best known for her creepy TV ad reassuring voters that she is not a  witch.

At a time when the GOP field is seeking to kick it up a  scholarly  notch, O’Donnell’s endorsement reminds voters of the intellectual   lightweights in the party. Remarkably, O’Donnell—much like professional   egotist Donald Trump—seems to think her blessing is desired.

“I’ve been warned by many not to endorse because no  matter who I  choose, no doubt some will be upset,” O’Donnell said in a  statement.  Really? Was the field of contenders trying to win her endorsement?  Or  is it only the campaign strategists of the endorsee who she believes  will be  upset?

More wisdom from the unsuccessful candidate:

“It is a difficult decision choosing between such great  candidates,  truly difficult. Yet, this race is too important to sit out.” It’s  the  presidential race, for heaven’s sake, and we’re struggling out of a   stubbornly lingering recession and extricating ourselves from two costly  wars.  Of course it’s an important race.

Then there’s this political insight:

Additionally, we simply can’t afford to have the  primary contest drag  out the way it did in 2008. Unlike 2008 when the incumbent president  was  not a candidate, the longer the 2012 GOP Primary contest drags out,  Pres. Obama  continues to have a free pass and get away with  campaigning from the Oval  Office. The sooner we have a nominee, the  sooner we as a movement can unite and  get to the real task at hand;  making sure Pres. Obama is a one-term  president.

Baaaaammmmmp! Not really. The 2008 GOP primary didn’t  really “drag  on;” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stayed in the race  for  awhile, but he stayed in longer than he genuinely was in the  race. It was the Democratic primary that dragged on until  June, and  their guy won the election. That primary served to make President  Obama  a stronger candidate, and had Hillary Clinton won the nomination, she   would have been a stronger candidate as well. The difference between the   Democrats in 2008 and the GOP in the current cycle is that the  Democrats’ last  primary dragged on because they had two very strong  candidates with very  different appeals to voters. The Republicans, at  the moment at least, are  facing an extended selection process because  segments of the party are unhappy  with the offerings.

O’Donnell is right, then, in suggesting that a protracted  civil war  within the GOP could weaken the eventual nominee. But if her   endorsement would make the difference, the party has much bigger  problems.

 

By: Susan Milligan, U. S. News and World Report, December 14, 2011

December 15, 2011 - Posted by | GOP Presidential Candidates | , , ,

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