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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Erick Erickson moans about the terrible field in the GOP primary:

The base will not forgive Rick Perry his immigration sins. In fact, that has hurt him far more than his debate performances, but his debate performances have hurt him badly. Perry, who came out principled and fiery with a record others could only envy, has left others with the impression that he’s a poor man’s version of the village idiot, which in the SEC we call “Aggies”. Maybe he can turn it around.
Newt Gingrich will not be the nominee because, despite his daughter’s rebuttals to the horror stories of how Gingrich divorced his first of three wives, Jackie Gingrich told the Washington Post on January 3, 1985, “He walked out in the spring of 1980 and I returned to Georgia. By September, I went into the hospital for my third surgery. The two girls came to see me, and said Daddy is downstairs and could he come up? When he got there, he wanted to discuss the terms of the divorce while I was recovering from the surgery.”
Gingrich went on to cheat on the second wife with the third. Regardless of the actual facts or even the spin, he won’t win women.
Herman Cain won’t be the nominee because he can’t win women either. Regardless of what you think of the Politico story, Cain’s handling of the story has been an epic disaster. He’s down at least 10 points with women in Iowa. He’s falling even further and doesn’t even realize it. He’s largely been emboldened by a conservative media that is so used to standing by its men that too few are telling Herman that he is now at the point where he must actually sit and answer questions whether he wants to or not and whether he feels maligned or not and whether I think he should have to or not. If he loses women by as big as he is starting to lose the women, he cannot win.
Reasonable points, all.  I do think that Gingrich is starting to get a second look, now that the Cain implosion is in full swing,  with the steady drip drip drip of harassment allegations.

The obvious conclusion is that Mitt Romney is the last man standing, which Erickson concedes:
So Mitt Romney will be the nominee. Conservatives will not rally together with the least of the bad alternatives and Romney, like John McCain before him, will run up the middle to the nomination.

You’d think that given the economy, jobs, and the present angst about the direction of the country that the GOP would have an easy path to victory. You would be wrong.
You forget the electoral college. The vote is coming down to a handful of states and Barack Obama still maintains the advantage of incumbency and not terribly terrible polling in those swing states.
 "Not terribly terrible"?  Just moderately terrible?  Slightly terrible?
I’ve been reading the 200 pages of single spaced opposition research from the John McCain campaign on Mitt Romney. There is no issue I can find on which Mitt Romney has not taken both sides. He is neither liberal nor conservative. He is simply unprincipled. The man has no core beliefs other than in himself. You want him to be tough? He’ll be tough. You want him to be sensitive? He’ll be sensitive. You want him to be for killing the unborn? He’ll go all in on abortion rights until he wants to run for an office where it is not in his advantage.
Most of us read that opposition research in 2008.  You know, that year that everybody like Erick thought John McCain was an unacceptable candidate because of "his immigration sins"?
That is precisely why Mitt Romney will not win in 2012. But no worry, once he loses, Republican establishment types will blame conservatives for not doing enough for Mitt Romney, never mind that Mitt Romney has never been able to sell himself to more than 25% of the GOP voters. It’s not his fault though, it is the 75%’s fault.
Why, how could anybody possibly think that Erick Erickson will not do enough for Mitt Romney?  You know how it is, Erick will spend the next 11 months trashing Romney, and then the last month exhorting the troops to vote for him.  And if he loses he'll go right back to trashing him.

Look, I'm far from enamored with Mitt Romney, just as I was not a blind-eyed McCain supporter in 2008.  But politics is all about getting the best deal you can, given reality.  If the "real" conservatives want a better candidate in 2016 or (I hope) in 2020 when Mitt Romney ends his second term, then it's up to them to find him, vet him carefully, be sure he's got the fire in the belly (no repeats of the Fred Thompson fiasco) and push him over the finish line.
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