I’ve been told repeatedly that we must elect Mitt Romney, come what may, because the country won’t survive Obama for another four years. Whether this assertion is true, those who hold this point of view invariably follow up with a claim that I now find utterly laughable. I am told: “Besides, if Romney wins, we’ll be able to hold his feet to the fire, and get him to do our bidding…” I wonder if the people who express this view realize how thoroughly nonsensical that position really is. There is only one way to hold a President’s feet to the fire, and it is by being able to exert electoral control, but as of the Rules Committee report of Tuesday at the RNC, that option is now all but effectively gone. I would like those who claim that we conservatives will be able to exert some influence over a President Romney to explain to me with precision how that is to be accomplished, apart from vague platitudes: How can we expect to “hold his feet to the fire?” By what mechanism?
First of all, what fire? Romney hasn’t pledged much except to repeal and replace Obama-care. Replace? Yes, “replace.” For those of you who practice self-deception, you might not have heard him say that, but now I ask you: “Replace with what, precisely?” Here we are delivered more vague platitudes about market-based solutions, but not once does Romney offer what those solutions will be. More platitudes. More vague generalities. It’s a load of hogwash. Welcome to Romney-care 2.0. Welcome to Romney 3.0.
Let us assume, however, that there is some magical laundry list of things Mitt Romney had promised with some specificity. Even if he has, could some brave soul please explain to me the method by which he is to be made to perform as promised? What will you do if he refuses? Will you “primary” him in 2016? Fat chance. The power grab begun in the RNC’s rules committee consisted of making that nearly impossible. What will you do? Deny him campaign funds? The advent of SuperPACs has made this an irrelevant point. Karl Rove will merely scare up a few hundred million dollars and spend it on his behalf. Why should he care? Now, if Karl Rove were to get mad at him, that would be a different thing. What are the chances that he won’t do the bidding of his masters?