The Vicious Cycle

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

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I took a call from a leader in the conservative movement recently. His question was, “How can we help Rick Santorum get elected?” My response was, “Who is we and why?”

There was a pause at the end of the line.

“What do you mean? You aren’t helping Romney or Gingrich, are you?”

“I am helping none of them. Nor do I want to.” And then came the “It’s about the judges!” statement that inevitably comes when conservatives grasp for a reason to charge up the hill for folks they have nothing in common with. Well, almost nothing.

Let’s be honest, as a guy who handled government affairs for the best Constitutional law outfit on our side (the American Center for Law and Justice), I get the judges angle. I was in the thick of the Roberts and Alito nomination battles. It is time that we stop settling and accept the vicious cycle where suspect candidates are foisted upon us under the guise of “He really means it this time!”

Back to my conversation with the conservative leader.

“So let me get this straight-you are going to support a guy in Rick Santorum who is a big government Republican, the antithesis of everything you preach day in and day out about fiscal responsibility?” I asked.

“Well, yes. It’s about the judges and if Obama wins he’s going to get two nominations.”

I confess, I take a less panicked view on that argument. If (I stress if) Barack Obama wins a second term and gets two nominations, this is how it will play out. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire or die, giving Obama his first nomination. Who will replace her? Someone equally as liberal and someone who makes statements like the ones Ginsburg made about international law. So, that one’s a wash with a younger liberal taking her place. And then comes the Washington, DC parlor game of “Who’s next?” None of the above, actually. Take a look at the current make-up of the court. Who do you think would possibly step down or die on the bench? Which means Obama will not get two nominations. If he gets any, he’ll get one.

So to all the conservative leaders out there tying yourselves in knots, making excuses for voting records and trying to project your hopes and dreams onto candidates with long track records-please stop. It’s time to break the vicious cycle and start holding candidates’ collective feet to the fire. Walk the talk.

And for those of your in the tea party movement asking, “Well, who do we charge up the hill for?!” I point you to your local candidates, your House and Senate races. If the Supreme Court does toss ObamaCare out in toto, then guess what? We need a heck of lot more conservatives in the US House and Senate that will fight against any attempt the Obama Administration makes to re-create socialized medicine.