We Will Battle Obama With The Candidate We Have - Not The Candidate We Might Want (Updated with response from a senior Gingrich advisor)

Hearing the news that conservative “rising star” Florida Senator Marco Rubio has endorsed Mitt Romney, one could now say his nomination is a "slam dunk."

That phase, you may remember, was famously attributed to CIA Director George Tenet in 2002 as he assured President Bush about the evidence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

Now, Mitt Romney’s presumed “slam dunk” nomination reminds me of another infamous phase from that same Iraq War era.

"You go to war with the army you have---not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.

That statement, uttered in 2004 by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, was in response to a soldier’s complaints about equipment shortages.

So now it is time for a “teachable moment”.

Take Rumsfeld’s quote, revise it slightly, and apply it to Mitt Romney as the GOP 2012 nominee.

We will battle Obama with the candidate we have -- not the candidate we might want or wish to have at a later time.

This statement should be the Republican Party mantra going forward.

For as Republicans, do we really have a choice?

Imagine a President Obama 2.0. His second-term sequel would be a disaster movie with the name “Unleashed.”

We only saw a glimpse of it this week with the Russian “open mike” incident and Obama is well aware that if re-elected, he will never have to face the voters again.