Going Rove: Mr. Establishment ‘Squelches’ Talk of Establishment-Brokered Convention
Please: Karl Rove's column pushes the base to give in, but he'll still promote a brokered convention if he has to.
February 23, 2012 - 8:00 am
The viable candidates are not fiscally conservative enough for our preference, but all importantly, the candidates are not fiscally conservative enough to halt decline. Recent elections held the promise of a GOP win being a satisfactory result, 2012 does not, considering a fall-of-Rome national debt and the structure of unfunded, impossible-to-fund “safety net” liabilities.
Past performance is indicative, and Mitt Romney can be expected to govern as he did in Massachusetts: willing to grow government and to experiment with liberty and property, a past century of those experiments being the sole cause of our national fall. Romney as a private citizen is one of the most successful producers of value who ever lived. Yet as an elected representative, he simply has not governed according to original intent, and has indicated he does not understand it. His defense of Romneycare’s individual mandate as a matter of States’ rights is simply incorrect: Romney asserts that forcing a citizen to purchase a product is not a power prohibited to the States.
Santorum’s record of spending has invoked George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”, which meant violating individual liberty and property in the promotion of conservative causes, or as a reaction to incidents of supposed occasions when the defense of natural rights is somehow “cruel.” In practice, it meant redistribution at the whims of the elected, picking winners and losers, and every other negative consequence of this illegitimate power described in The Federalist. Santorum’s current economic proposals already belie some of the same: his proposal to lower the corporate tax rate of “manufacturing operations” to zero certainly picks winners and losers; undoubtedly some corporations would be designated “manufacturers” by Washington and some would not.
Gingrich: he attacked Bain. Yet Romney in Bain CEO mode — rather than Massachusetts governor mode — is precisely what we want.
A self-identified Republican is not enough to honor our debt and severely shrink the government according to principles of legitimate federal spending. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich do not intend to govern this way. I can sooner see their leadership similar to that of John Boehner, who settled for a nonexistent spending cut in a 2011 battle, and with a more pliant House, still would never shrink the government fast enough to outrace a $15T debt and to dismantle the $60T-plus unicorn.
Tea Party conservatives have shown tremendous backbone in this primary season, and no: this is not an unpragmatic ideological “purity” test, or a “message” to the GOP. Only two options remain for the economy: elect one of the GOP candidates and force them to govern outside of their comfort; or get a brokered convention to produce a Reaganite.
This isn’t stubbornness, Mr. Rove: America needs the entire package this time, which is not comparable to recent elections, when we still had enough liberty and treasure left.