Douglas MacKinnon

Okay. It is now officially crunch-time for conservative voters. Time for them to grow-up, stand on principle, admit there is not a perfect candidate, cast aside the pretenders, flip-floppers, and flakes, and unite behind the most genuine traditional values espousing candidate in the field. That being Texas governor Rick Perry.

The entrenched, compromised, and un-tethered to character Republican establishment has done all in its power to deliver this election to Mitt Romney. Why?

Principled conservatives do know that Romney is not worthy of their vote. That said, they are on the verge of spray-painting -- and wasting -- their votes all over Iowa as they caucus for Michele Bachman, Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich. While these three have some solid conservative credentials, they simply don’t equal Perry’s.

Is Perry perfect? No. Can he debate? Not if you built him a Lincoln-Douglas debating machine. Is he the most conservative of the bunch? Absolutely. Can he beat Barack Obama in November? Like a drum-set at a Genesis comeback concert.

Mr. Romney and the GOP establishment are counting on conservatives splitting their votes. When more than seventy-five percent of the primary voters still can’t stand the thought of Romney as the standard-bearer for the party, that’s really the only credible strategy they have left.

Unfortunately, the only ones who can make that pathetic scheme a reality are conservative voters. If they split their vote on multiple candidates, they give the architect of Obama-care a clear path to the nomination.

Highly-respected conservative columnists such as Erick Erickson, Ben Shapiro, and John Hawkins, have all recently and effectively articulated how Romney could lose to Obama in November.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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