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What We Lost in This Election

We once again have the opportunity to mobilize and transform the party. That opportunity may be more than the answer to winning the next election. It may be the means of saving this country.
President Mitt Romney

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Now that we have lost the election of 2012, where our champion, a third-rate imitation of Ronald Reagan, without either his charm or his principles, who believed in absolutely nothing except being the best salesman he could be; let’s pause to reflect on all the things we lost out on through his defeat.

When we lose something, a relationship or a job, the grief comes from what we thought we had and what we imagined it was, not from what it truly was. Perspective means getting a true sense of what we had and what we never had to begin with.

So let’s look at what we might have had with President Mitt Romney.

We lost the chance to have universal health care, with the mandate, become a principle that every conservative was duty-bound to defend.

Oh I know. Mitt Romney was going to repeal ObamaCare. And he was. And by “repeal”, I mean he would have tinkered with it a bit and turned it into RomneyCare. And for the next four to eight years, it would have been heresy to ever suggest that we opposed universal health care with a mandate. Once Romney did that, it would have turned out that we only opposed universal health care with a mandate when it was badly enacted, without regard for businesses, by a Democrat.

We lost the chance to have a Republican president deliver weapons to Syrian Jihadists. Not to mention apply more sanctions to Iran in order to force it to the negotiating table. We could have been so privileged as to have a Republican president execute these two items of Obama’s agenda. Instead we’re stuck with a Democrat doing it.

Of course President Mitt Romney would not have done these things out of a deep abiding hatred for America and a sympathy for terrorists. But he would have still done them anyway. He wouldn’t have understood what he was doing, but his foreign policy would still have been sixty percent of Obama’s foreign policy, without the conscious malice. It would have been an improvement in that regard and only in that regard.

Those of you pro-Israeli types who imagine that a President Romney would have taken the boot off Israel’s neck, would have been shocked when a month after taking office, his Secretary of State would have commenced condemning Israeli “settlements” in Jerusalem. Just like it was in the days of the Bush Administration.

But, Romney would have been different, you say. He had a great rapport with Netanyahu. And Bush had a great rapport with Sharon. He had an even better one with Saudi Arabia. The same would have been true of Romney.

Still Romney would have appointed conservatives to the Supreme Court. And there you may even be right. I wouldn’t place any bets on it though. Oh we probably wouldn’t have gotten any Wise Latinas on his watch, but then again we might have, but I wouldn’t count on too many members of the Federalist Society ending up on the bench either.

Romney would at least have been pro-business. So was George W. Bush. And how well did he deal with the problems of government overreach? It’s all well and good to be pro-business, but even a former businessman who becomes a president, sees problems from the government’s end, not from the standpoint of a businessman.

And, for that matter, if you doubt any of this, do look back on the Bush years and consider that Romney would have been worse in every area than Bush. It’s human nature not to believe that, but it’s so. And if the election had gone another way, in a few months you would have seen it for yourselves.

The 2012 election was of course a disaster. A complete and thorough disaster. But it was a disaster because Obama and his cronies won. Not because Mitt Romney lost. Mitt Romney filled a void. He stepped into a spot that we needed, became a symbol and then he failed, because he was only a man, and worse still he was a blue state politician who was light on principles and heavy on being a people person.

What we lost in this election was not a chance for better leadership, but a chance to remove a bad leader. But what we gained was an end to complicity in the actions and policies of this administration. What we gained was a chance to use this defeat to launch a movement that can actually win an election by confronting the issues.

About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press.


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12 Responses to “What We Lost in This Election”

  1. Did Romney intend to deliver weapons to Syrian Jihadists? If so..it would have been a disaster. The fight is between the Sects of Islam and is not about justice or freedom at all. President Assad's sect has long been oppressed by other Islamic Sects. Through advising their children to become Military Persons, Assad's peoples broke out of their oppressed lives. All of those fighting one another in Syria seem to have visions of world conquest in the name of Islam…excepting, perhaps, President Assad's peoples. This is what I am seeing going on in Syria and most of the Middle East as well. It is all about which Muslim Tribe or Sect will be "top dog" in the future. The Salafist movement (Saudi Arabia's Sect) is the biggest threat to both Israel and the World at large…not President Assad's Alawite Sect. The war in Syria can be ended by giving the Alawite's their own Nation….however small it may be. Thank you. Tenton Nelson Horton.
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  2. Hi Mr. Greenfield,

    You begin, "Now that we have lost the election…." I wonder who you think this "we" consists of. Your readers? I guess that's what you mean and maybe everyone else butI thinks that is obvious. The Jewish Press seems to be a gathering place for a lot of right wing Jews and probably most of them think they have lost. But let's be very that you are not referring to the group I identify with, the majority of American Jewry. Like most American Jews of voting age, I voted for Obama. I also contributed money to his campaign and did everything I could to help his candidacy. Obama was clearly the Jewish choice in America. I am sure that he will be a better President than Romney would have been both for America (which is the primary concern for Americans) and also for Israel. I am very happy that in America, WE JEWS won the 2012 Presidential election.

    Best,

    SD

  3. Like the majority of American Jews you are on the way out to be replaced by actual Jews.

    Good luck with building a future on gay marriage and abortion.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    Once again the author is in an alternate reality. Here is a direct quote from Mitt Romney's campaign web site, now scrubbed but archived by Google:

    "On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible."

    Or does the author think his man was a liar?

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    According to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Orthodox Jews in America voted for Obama by 48% to 44%. I guess the majority of Orthodox Jews aren't actual Jews.

  6. Devora Khayyat says:

    It's clear he thinks so.

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