By Matt Rooney | Cross-Posted at The Save Jersey Blog
Or “Gingmitterry.” Call this hypothetical apex political predator whatever you want!
All I know is that the more I watch of these Republican presidential primary debates, the more your Blogger-in-Chief instinctively wishes that conservative scientists could figure out a way to splice the genes of Mitt Romeny, Newt Gingirch, and Rick Perryinto a single supercandidate DNA strand. The resulting creature, “Rickomnich,” would be an electoral force to be reckoned with from the moment it emerged from the primordial primary season ooze.
He would have Mitt Romney’s presidential presence, classy disposition and practical private sector experience.
He’d also possess Rick Perry’s humble background, jobs creation record and at least a little bit of the famous Texas swagger that engages a large portion of the GOP base below the Mason Dixon line.
And he would boast the issue confidence, ability to articulate conservative principles and, most importantly of all, the requisite comfort level to articulately attack, attack, ATTACK the current regime presently manifested by Speaker Gingrich in the first full series of Republican debates.
Of course none of my “Rickomnich” rescue fantasy seems realistic, right? It’s science fiction! Just like… something in the Universe moving faster than light?
You see what I’m getting at, Save Jersyans. At least I hope you do. In case you don’t, let me spell it out: if a guy like Einstein can be proven wrong, then it stands to reason that a small but significant number of Tea Party stalwarts stubbornly waiting for an ideological messiah can be wrong, too.
The inalterable truth is that there isn’t a perfect Republican candidate out there! Ronald Reagan wasn’t a perfect candidate in 1980; in fact, he was an just as liberal as governor of California as Mitt Romney was in Massachusetts. If we’re comparing governships, then my main man Chris Christie looks like Barry Goldwater when stacked up against Mitt and Ronnie’s respective state house tenures!
In the end, my dear Save Jersey faithful, Republicans are going to have to choose between imperfect men. There’s no getting around it. The good news is that we don’t need a perfect man. We need the right man. My ultimate point is that an imperfect reality doesn’t mean we can’t pick someone with ordinary human flaws who will put forth an extraordinary, winning effort next fall! As I see it, our task isn’t to overanalyze someone’s political beliefs from fifteen years ago or his or her one poor decision in twenty years of service. Rather, it is to effectively judge the candidate pool according to a realistic rubric designed to tease out which politician stands the best chance of (1) defeating Barack Obama before subsequently (2) reversing the damage wrought on our Republic during his first term in office.
My plan is to wait, listen, and see who can evolve closest to “Rickomnich” — a courageous conservative who can effectively articulatewhy he is a conservative — by the time actual voting gets underway early next year. Then we’ll have a leader whom I’m proud to call “my candidate” and the next President of the United States.
Matt Rooney is a New Jersey attorney, conservative activist and the founder & Blogger-in-Chief of New Jersey’s #1 conservative blog, Save Jersey. You can learn more about Matt and the Christie Revolution by visiting today!