Tunnel at the end of the light
As the best thinkers begin to peer into the abyss that is our future, if we stay on the current path, some things are crystallizing.
First, there's this quote from the Wall St. Journal (via NRO)
"The biggest problem with the GOP Presidential field is that each of the candidates seems to be running to represent only part of the Republican coalition. Mr. Romney sounds like he thinks conservatives can be won over with a few poll-tested lines like "I'll repeal ObamaCare," while Mr. Santorum sounds like he only needs conservative votes to become President. To adapt Ronald Reagan's famous line, Where's the rest of them?""
Then, there's this from Allahpundit at Hot Air:
"One: A dark horse would have grave weaknesses, but depending upon who he/she is, I’m not sure the dark horse would be weaker than Romney. Like Cost says, even if Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich survives a brokered convention to emerge as nominee, they’ll be brutalized by the process. It may be that you need a clean slate with a new candidate at that point. Two: The absence of any organization for the dark horse is a concern, but it’s a concern that party leaders will begin to deal with long before the convention begins. If Super Tuesday comes and goes and the race is still deeply divided three ways, you’ll start seeing stories in the press about some sort of organization quietly being assembled to get to work for a dark-horse nominee just in case it comes to that. The RNC and conservative Super PACs will also start gearing up to go to war for the nominee in case he has no organization of his own. Don’t get me wrong: The organizational question mark is a serious concern, but we’re going to end up playing a weak hand no matter what in November. Serious concerns will abound until the polls open on election day."
And third, there's this from Real Clear Politics:
"For many conservative Republicans, the dream outcome of the primary season is a brokered convention. Disappointed in the four remaining choices, they hope to change horses in August, and draft their preferred candidate, be it Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, or Paul Ryan."
For more and more and more disenchanted voters, it is becoming painfully obvious that the spotlight on the four "B" teamers left in this race, has them staring into the abyss. There's a tunnel at the end of that light.
What many believed was far-fetched, not possible, not doable...may be our only salvation.
Romney, Gingrich and Santorum are not ready for prime time players. And Paul is not even ready for Saturday cartoons. although his base seems a fitting match for them. Young, unserious, noisy and not a firm grasp on the borders between reality and make believe.
Now, objective, non-fanatical, sober minds and those with a large dose of critical thinking...are coming to the conclusion that we are barreling toward a disaster, that is at least preventable. IF...we begin preparations now AND...if we don't stay the course because of the most powerful force in the political universe.
No, it will NOT be easy, comfortable or "nice" to tell the four "B" teamers that they are benched. In fact, it will be messy and more than a bit chaotic.
Guess what? It's going to be messy and more than a bit chaotic anyway.
Time to make a course correction BEFORE the crash, not simply hope the airbag inflates and doesn't snap our necks.
Beating back the overthrow is the ONLY imperative. Everything else is secondary. Fixing the fiscal disaster is the first order of business, but you can't do that from the loser's circle.
It is right to demand better, it is wise to demand better...and by God it is TIME to demand better. The alternative is unthinkable.