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Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Time for GOP to get serious

I have been saying this since August and believe it is finally time for the rest of you to stop pretending someone other than Mitt Romney will lead the Republican rebellion against President Obama in November.

We suffered enough through Bubblehead Bachmann, Crazy Cain, Pious Perry, Disingenuous Gingrich, Silly Santorum, Precocious Paul and the twit named Trump and now are left with a white, wealthy, corporate-raiding, woman-irritating, Hispanic-antagonizing Mormon who changes his mind on issues faster than the snow is melting at Mid-Vail.

Yet what I am really curious (and let’s be honest, eager) to observe is how the GOP plans to rally its base around a candidate the majority of them have spent the last year condemning.

Admit it: Most of you would like someone else. There’s no shame in well-intentioned hope, but take a quick look into the completely unfair adjectives I used to describe the man just two paragraphs ago.

The whole Mormon thing is as superficial as liking or disliking Mitt because of his hair. Our Constitution requires no religious litmus test to run for public office, and the First Amendment protects the right to believe in whatever superstitious silliness one chooses. So if you’re the type who judges a man’s character by the version of magic that he believes in as opposed to his actions in the real world, well then, I suggest you either a) read a good book on critical thinking or b) move back to Kansas.

Either way, leave the voting to the rational.

Romney’s corporate-raiding wealth should be applauded by a capitalist society, but envy and socialistic tendencies tend to frame it as an evil of sorts, although 99 percent of the 99 percent would be more than happy to give wealth a shot given half the chance. Hating someone for having something you do not takes shallowness to a whole new depth.

Women comprise more than half of the U.S. electorate, and Mitt’s capitulation to the tea party types concerning a woman’s freedom of choice, Planned Parenthood, contraception, et al, should be a serious concern for all involved.

Even if you drive a Mercedes,

You will only end up in Hades,

‘Cuz life’s no fun

If you’re the only one,

And forget to take care of the ladies …

Anyway, similar holds true for America’s fastest growing minority group: Hispanics. They hold the key to anywhere from 10 million to 15 million votes, and you’re kidding yourselves if you don’t believe they tend to vote as a group.

And speaking of stereotypes, Obama received about 90 percent of the black vote in 2008, and just like old white men at an Augusta, Ga., golf club, they’re not changing their minds about anything anytime soon.

So Mitt Romney has his proverbial work cut out for him, and if all of you GOP hypocrites don’t get in line behind him fast and furious, you’re simply guaranteeing another four years of Obama and his care.

And nobody wants that, right?

Richard Carnes can be reached at poor@vail.net.


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