What if Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for president in 2012?
A vast majority of conservatives become anxiety-ridden at the mere posing of this question, and many go ballistic at the thought of it actually happening.
So a quick visit to a therapist may be helpful.
Imagine yourself lying on a couch in the spring of 2012 with soothing music playing in the background. News breaks that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has clinched the Republican nomination for president.
Your therapist, knowing that as a true conservative you worked against Romney by supporting (fill in the blank), asks in a soft comforting voice, “How does this news make you feel — angry, betrayed, confused?”
The therapist is insisting that you anticipate your feelings and mentally prepare yourself because Intrade, the respected online prediction market operating outside of polls and politics, is betting on Romney with a 23.9% chance of him winning the GOP nomination. (By comparison, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is second at 15.3% and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is third at 9.5%. The rest of the GOP field is in single digits. Note: Intrade is a fluid prediction market, therefore percentages change frequently, but Romney has consistently led the GOP field. )
Intrade also pegs Obama’s re-election prospects at 58.6%, but your therapist says she will address those negative feelings in a future session.
This hour she wants you to work through the stress associated with accepting Romney as the GOP nominee.
So in an empathetic tone she asks you to think about the following questions:
Are you going to pick up your signs for Candidate X and go home?
Could you work for and support Romney’s campaign?
Will you vote for Romney in the 2012 election?
What if the polls show that Romney is running neck and neck with Obama?
Do you resent that squishy independent swing vote that is fueling Romney?
Finally, the therapy session is over and you leave her office with a huge headache. You realize you would have real problems supporting Romney as the nominee and even imagining these questions makes you angry.
Can you relate to this scenario?