This morning, looking back at the attacks from Romney and his minions in the establishment, none of them are actually criticizing anything substantive. No attacks on his 15% flat tax plan or his 0% capital gains tax plan. Even criticism of his limited amnesty plan have grown extremely muted. No, the focus is exclusively on dishonest attacks attempting to nitpick Newt to death. Romney attacks Newt for being a consultant for Freddie Mac while Romney was actually a part owner of both Fannie and Freddie. Romney attacks Newt for criticizing Reagan in the 1980's when Romney was openly critical of the Reagan-Bush era as recently as 1994! He also says that since Reagan only mentioned Newt once in his diaries, that he was inflating his importance. Well, let's see, Michael Reagan, Reagan's son, Art Laffer, developer of supply side economics, , and Bud McFarlane, Reagan's national security adviser, all have endorsed Newt. Also, as Speaker he clearly continued the Reagan revolution in the House by balancing the budget for 4 years and reforming welfare. So who the hell cares how many times he is mentioned in his diary and if he criticized Reagan in a few speeches (from the right mind you, as other conservatives did as well, including George Will who said that Reagan was engaging in the "moral disarmament of the west" by negotiating with the Soviets). Then there are the ludicrous attacks on Newt for teaching a college course in the early 1990's.
These attacks are just evidence of the vacuous campaign that Romney is running. There is so little talk of the issues and his actual record (while his public sector record is off limits he is allowed to mention his private sector record but you aren't allowed to ask any questions about it), instead the focus is on destroying the competition and spewing "insipid pap" (as Mark Steyn eloquently put it) such as "I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love." I'm still waiting for him to mention "a thousand points of light". It may work in the end as there might not be another debate after the one tonight and the Republican National Media Establishment (RNME, pronounced "Our Enemy") will continue to relentlessly attack Newt in their juvenile fashion (my twitter feed was a buzzing with mocking of his space speech, like something out of the beginning of Revenge of the Nerds). Hopefully the Tea Party folks and others who believe in conservatism and freedom can hold them back. We'll see.
The more this crap goes on though the better I feel about my decision to not vote for Mitt if he is the nominee. I will not give my support to someone who is so dishonest, entitled and vacuous. And I know I am not alone in this. If the establishment thinks we will all act like sheep and just follow whomever they pick for us, they have another thing coming.
Anyway, when was the last time the establishment picked a good President anyway? Maybe Calvin Coolidge, but he only became President because Harding died. Kind of a long drought, I'd say.