Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A Question

Recently, a friend of mine asked whether it would be better for President Obama to win a second term.  He argued that Obama's new policies will be largely frustrated by congress, and that the policies he has already put in place will grow increasingly unpopular, as they stifle our economic growth and world influence.  My friend's idea is that, by the end of the president's second term, Americans will have had enough of his likes for good, and they will be open to electing a better, more "reliably conservative" candidate than Mr. Romney.

I know, James, that you are against such a strategy.  Could we put together a case for why my friend's approach is a mistake, and for why Romney deserves more enthusiastic support?  I would like to open this issue up for anyone's input.    


  1. My time is limited but I cannot resist even a brief answer to this question.

    With all due respect to your friend, I think this is a disastrous approach. We simply cannot endure four more years of Obama. This election represents the last chance to undo Obamacare before its odious clauses take full effect. Further, I don't think that Obama will be "frustrated by congress". He has demonstrated recently that he is comfortable simply bypassing congress if need be to enact his agenda via his various unaccountable czars and federal agencies. Further, he has also repeatedly demonstrated an ability to out-maneuver congress in the eye of public opinion. Who's to say that the Republicans would keep their majority in the midterm election?

    I still don't understand all the conservative angst toward Romney. Is he perfect? No. Has he committed himself, for the most part, to the conservative cause? Yes. I would rather a Republican congress hold him accountable than risk a divided government with Obama at the helm at the executive. The House of Representatives is a fairly conservative bunch. All laws will originate in this chamber. I can't see Romney vetoing anything they send him, especially with regard to social policy.

  2. I buy your argument. Plus, I tend to think that people are more likely to get used to harmful policy than grow tired of it and rise up against it. If you don't like what Obama has done so far, and you want change, then the best thing to do is get rid of the president and his influence as soon as possible.