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Romney is a problematic candidate for the GOP, something they refuse to recognize. RomneyCare is so much like ObamaCare that it's going to be really hard for Romney to distinguish himself from Obama since the health care issue will be the strongest debate. By continually forcing Romney on conservatives, the progressive arm of the GOP has, inadvertently, aided Obama in the general election. He can run on the "we're pretty much alike, so vote for the devil you know" platform. Romney can win the general, but only if he can keep the debate on the economy and even then, I think it's going to be another close election. If Chicago gets its act together, Obama will win, same as Kennedy did in 1960.
Well, I'm glad Gingrich will remain in the race to keep Mitt from pandering to the progressive arm of the GOP, but I think all actual conservatives need to be honest with themselves. We do have to vote for whomever the GOP nominee is. We can't afford to split the vote by going 3rd party and give Obama four more years. We're $16 TRILLION in debt, nearly four times what we were when he took office. The practical choice needs to be made when the principled choice isn't available. "Other than Romney" (Santorum, Gingrich, Paul) could win if they pooled their delegates behind one candidate, but realistically Romney will be the nominee. He's not my first choice, but he's better than Obama.
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