March 07, 2012

Enough Of Stupid Comments About "The Establishment" Trying To "Anoint" A Candidate

I'm serious -- anyone who tries to make the argument that thee is some effort by "the GOP Establishment" to "anoint" a nominee over the objections of the party's base is so unserious as to be worthy of dismissal by all listeners.

Take, for example, my state's governor, whose candidacy failed because of his own inadequacies rather than any conspiracy by "elites" to keep him from getting the nomination.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks that the Republican presidential race is still wide open and warned Republican elites Tuesday not to try to “anoint” a nominee.

“That’s not the way America works,” the former GOP presidential candidate said in an interview on Fox News.

Perry, who endorsed former rival Newt Gingrich after dropping out of the 2012 race, said that Super Tuesday “wasn’t a super night for anyone.”

Perry said there were “nice wins for each” of the leading candidates, but said it was clear that frontrunner Mitt Romney is having trouble “being able to close the sale,” particularly in the South.

“There is no any candidates who brings everything,” he conceded.

My I point out that "the elite" is not in charge of the process -- the voters are. And if we look at the numbers, the voters -- not "the GOP Establishment" -- have thus far given Gov. Romney more than twice the votes of any of his rivals for the nomination. As a result he has more than double the number of delegates than Sen. Santorum, more than triple those won by Speaker Gingrich, and seven or eight times the number garnered by Congressman Ron Paul. The "elite" of the "GOP Establishment" apparently don't need to do a thing -- Romney seems to be doing a damn fine job of winning the nomination all by himself.

What's more, to the degree that there are going to be calls for candidates to drop out of the race, it won't be "the Establishment" making them -- it will be Santorum and the Tea Party trying to prevail upon Newt Gingrich to make way so that the Not-Romney vote can unite behind a single candidate.

Oh -- let me offer this little aside to Gov. Perry. Rick, you have been on the state payroll for over a quarter century as an elected official. You have spent the last dozen years as governor of our state. You are drawing a paycheck and a retirement check while serving as governor. You, sir, are the consummate elite insider in the GOP Establishment. And let it be noted that you were roundly rejected by voters. That ought to tell you what your opinion is worth to us.

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