Why I Voted for Newt in Today’s Illinois Primary

Yesterday at Bradley University, a Mitt Romney showed up that we don’t see often enough. As you can see in today’s “Post of the Day,” this guy was not the one who genially refers to Barack Obama as a “nice guy” who is “in over his head.” When a heckler started sarcastically suggesting that if Mitt is really all about “freedom,” he’d give her free birth control, this Mitt was ready to open a can of whup ass on not only her, but also the One. This Mitt is a guy I could enthusiastically support, and more important, a guy who can beat Barack Obama like one of those drums those Occupy misfits like to haul around.

So that’s the question: can Mitt win? In response to that question, SL(Smart Listener) Ron wrote:

Yes I believe Mitt can win IF he doesn’t become too damaged by those in his own party! Defeating the incumbent won’t be an easy task when half the population are getting freebies & pay no tax. Couple this with the Dem’s expertise in vote fraud, it’s definitely an uphill battle.

It will be all the more tough if the campaign against Obama can’t begin in earnest until Sept.

Mitt has some quirks & shortcomings but none that would stop him from successfully undoing some of Obama’s follies & putting the country back on track…domestically & national defense. He’s an astute guy with good experience under his belt.

I see things a little differently. I think that this continuing primary battle makes it more likely that we see more of Mighty Mitt, the guy who will finally start to take it to Obama over the one issue that counts for all the marbles, which happens to be the Dear Reader’s signature “achievement,” the Orwellian titled “Affordable Care Act,” and less of Milquetoast Mitt, the mushy, Massachusetts moderate.

As Bill Kristol points out in this piece, “It’s the Obamacare, Stupid,” the American people instinctively understand that unless we repeal this legislative monstrosity, the country we grew up in his history.
In Obama’s view, taking over health care and giving federal bureaucrats the power of life and death over every American (and lots of illegals) was an essential predicate to “remaking” this unfair, racist nation. If Mitt can demonstrate that he appreciates that fact, and that he’s willing to fight to stop it, he will win, and win big. If he doesn’t get it, and campaigns as if the election is about simple policy differences, he’ll be McCain 2.0.

So, I voted for Newt because he best articulates conservative principles, and having him in the race will not only keep those principles front and center, it will help keep Mitt on the straight and narrow.

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