The 2012 election can not be allowed to be close. Simply replacing Barack Obama is not enough. Obama cannot just lose a close one. He, and the political philosophy he represents, must suffer a humiliating defeat.
If he comes close to winning re-election, he will be blamed personally by the Liberal-Progressive-Democrats, but they will never see it as a repudiation of the progressive mindset, or the socialist agenda that they espouse. They will tell themselves that their ideas are just fine, but that Obama was weak, or that he failed to convey the true picture of their socialistic utopia, or (given the mindset of these L-P-Ds) they might even blame global warming. But they will never, ever acknowledge that they are on the wrong track.
In addition to humiliating Obama, as delightful as that thought might be in and of itself, the Republican candidate must have long enough coat tails to shift substantially the balance in the Senate to the point that there are 62 or 63 Republican senators. Additional Republican members of the House would be a bonus. With a clear majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate, the socialist nonsense, including Obamacare, the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline decision, the kid gloves treatment of rogue nations such as Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Venezuela would stop.
This must be the overarching goal of the 2012 elections for conservatives, independents, Republicans and those Democrats who in their heart-of-hearts know that the nation might not survive another term with this President.
If the L-P-Ds aren’t overwhelmingly defeated, they will keep coming back, like the character Jason in the movie Friday the 13th. They must be effectively destroyed for at least a generation or we will be fighting the same fight again in four, eight or twelve years. The L-P-D drive for totalitarian control will never die, but it can be made such a weak movement that if they try to run another Obama-like candidate, we can view it as we would the quaint peculiarities of a doddering uncle on your spouse’s side of the family. Such people might be humored, but they are never taken seriously. But you should always keep an eye on them. Just in case.
No matter who the Republicans finally select as their nominee, he will assuredly be better for the United States than would another four years of Obama with his czars, executive orders, disdain for the Constitution and non-stop obeisance to dictators around the world. So whether or not you think that Romney isn’t conservative enough or that Santorum is too religious or Gingrich is too erratic, this is NOT the year when sitting out the election is an option. Staying home because your particular choice isn’t running is not helping anyone or anything. Just hold your nose if you have to, but vote, and work as hard as you can to get others who are uninvolved or apathetic to recognize the danger we face if Obama loses, but it’s a close election. And keep reminding yourself of the immensely greater dangers that we’d have to deal with if he wins.