The Dude (03-08-2012)
The Dude (03-08-2012)
Dixie, you've probably already answered this question multiple times (in this thread even) so I apologize for asking it agaian and I apologize for being lazy and not reading through the thread. If Romney does win the Republican nomination do you think Republican voters in the South would rally around him in the general election or is there enough distrust/dislike that a lot of voters would sit the election out?
I really think the GOP is making a critical mistake in thinking they need to go "moderate" to grab the "moderate" vote. That's why they nominated McCain last time, and it was a FAILED strategy.
I will add this. I can get excited about voting for Santorum. I will vote for Romney over Obama. I would even grudgingly vote for Paul. But I would never vote for Newt.
I am not an example of "voters in the South" but think I am indicative of the voters in my state who are conservative democrats.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
- -- Aristotle
Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
- -- The Buddha
Romney is a moderate because he speaks the moderate language. He doesn't fully understand Conservative principles, or doesn't fully agree with them, whichever. The proof is in what he says and how he puts things. He defends Romneycare by making the argument that it was a state's rights issue, but fundamental conservatism should oppose state government intrusion into our health care just as fervently as federal. From that philosophical conservative standpoint, Romney is wrong. Then, just the other day, he presents his plan to cut taxes, for everyone but the Top 1%. Demonstrating, he clearly doesn't understand the Conservative argument, and practically accepting the OWS/Liberal argument. He's pro choice...no...he's pro life... he's pro-gay marriage...no...he supports traditional marriage... depends on which way the wind is blowing and who's vote he needs... maybe he 'tacks back' for the general?
It's simplistic to say, Oh Darla is a NYC liberal. You know, if you are consistently voting for Republicans in national elections, you're a republican. If you are consistently voting for dems in national elections, you're a democrat. From there, you can start to differentiate between who is a liberal repub and who is a conservative dem.