What to Do With Mitt Romney Now That Rick Santorum Is Out?



mitt-romney-thumbs-upThat is a question that I have been pondering and one that will likely be hotly debated among conservatives.  I’ve been accused by a certain media personality that I will now move on to explain to my readers why they should vote for Mitt Romney.  I will do no such thing because frankly I’ve not totally decided what I will do in terms of the Presidential campaign.  One thing I will not do is endorse.  I doubt I’ll even tell you who I’m voting for other than it will not be for Barack Obama.  So I disagree with Adam who decided to go ahead and endorse Romney here at CT.  I understand that his isn’t a ringing endorsement, and it comes with many qualifications.  I think that we can safely assume that Mitt Romney won’t highlight it on his website.

I know that some are throwing their weight toward Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul and if you live in a state that still has to vote I would encourage you to vote your conscience.  I don’t think the delegate math is in either of their favor, but that shouldn’t determine your vote – your principles should.

I understand that the general election is a gray area and not black and white.  I also understand that my brothers and sisters in Christ may come to different conclusions on how to vote.  I think there needs to be a lot of grace and deference shown here.  I will not begrudge anyone who decides to vote for Romney or someone who decides to vote third party.  I also understand what is at stake in this election and how bad President Obama is, and how disastrous another four years of his administration would be unchecked.

So the call to be salt and light – salt in this instance for Christians is one that we need to take seriously and prayerfully.  Because of this I reject calls to “coalesce” behind the nominee – I’m a Christian first, a conservative second, and a Republican (if I still maintain my registration as such) third.  Romney has done more to divide my party so the calls to coalesce ring hallow.  He has much to prove as he ran the dirtiest, most negative campaign of anyone in the Republican field and has has largely ignored issues I care deeply about.  So I can totally understand why some would never vote for him.

So I’m not saying no, but I’m not saying yes either.  We’ll see.  I have my doubts about his ability to win the general election.  I believe that because of the way he positioned himself if the economy were to improve he’ll be sunk.  But I don’t base my vote on electability either.

I’m focusing on the down ticket races, and I hope that those who feel slighted by a Romney nomination would do the same.  Work to get good people elected to Congress, the Senate, and state legislative seats.  Romney won’t have the coattails to help these people so we must.

But no endorsement for Romney from me.  I’ll point out where I think he’s right and continue to pound on him where I think he’s wrong – that will not change.  I may end up voting for him, but that will likely be it.  No yard sign, no volunteering, and I’m certainly not going to tell any of you how to vote.   We just need to work to maintain the House and win back the Senate so if Obama is reelected we have a legislative body that will keep him in check.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LB3LDHWZXK7GXIW6DYVOYSVPHE SJ

    Your article was balanced and sober.  I don’t see how any conservatives could get “all fired up” about Romney at this point.  I’m glad that you didn’t endorse him.  You summarized basically how I feel–I may vote for him if he’s the nominee, but I won’t go out of my way to stump for him, nor will I tell others they’re wrong if they vote for someone else entirely.  The down ticket is definitely where it’s at.

    What to do with Mitt Romney now that Rick Santorum is out?

    Ship him off to China, of course.  ;)

  • Donphipps

    Christian first, conservative second? I fail to understand how this makes you dislike Romney so much. You do know he’s Christian, right? Is this  solely based on how you believe he has acted in an unchristian manner by running a negative campaign? 

    • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

      Many do not believe that Romney is a Christian Don because he is a Mormon. Shane does not do it but some secretly play the faith card with Romney. Interestingly these same folks do not take issue with candidates who say the Rosary and pray to Mary.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      He’s a Mormon, not a Christian in the historical, biblical sense of the word. That isn’t what has turned me off – I’m not voting for a theologian-in-chief and the LDS Church has been allies more often than not in advancing social conservative principles. It has more to do with his record of liberal governance and flip flops, as well as how his campaign has operated.

    • Eleanor Bauer

      No, the Mormon church is a cult. They believe Lucifer (satan) and Jesus are brothers.  Many more disqualifications…look it up in google.

  • guest

    Very well said! Not sure yet what in the world i’m going to do either.

    • http://jlue.wordpress.com/ jlue

       I am going to attempt to dwell on the good points – He loves this country. He doesn’t want to destroy capitalism or private industry. He is obviously very bright. He doesn’t play the ‘race card’. Most Mormons have high moral standards. He believes in America as a place of opportunity for all. Somebody help me here….

      • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

        And I agree with those points.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LB3LDHWZXK7GXIW6DYVOYSVPHE SJ

        If Romney really loves his country so much, then why does he use such dirty campaign tactics to pollute the land?  I do think he loves the USA far more than Obama does, but ultimately, I think he loves himself a lot more.  Also, while most Mormons have high moral standards, based on his crookedness and dishonesty, Romney doesn’t appear to be one of them.  ;)

        I know you mean well, but it’s a tough sell. LOL.

  • http://jlue.wordpress.com/ jlue

     We have to vote for him. Look at the alternative and a third party candidate will only put Obama back in office. That is unacceptable if our country is to remain a free and sovereign nation.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      I respect your choice, and I may join you, but people have to be free to follow their conscience on this. There’s a lot of disagreement on just how much of an improvement Romney will be.

  • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

    I expect that a Republican will vote Republican in November unless that person is a RINO . If they are a RINO they will either vote for Obama or not vote at all. However, if a person is an Independent they are not obligated to vote for either of the GOP or Democratic candidates. Guess it depends on the person – are they an Independent, a Republican or a RINO?

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Like I’ve said I’m a conservative before I’m a Republican. I think you’re stretching the term RINO since we’re talking about a candidate who governed in a way that disregarded the party platform and said when he ran for the Senate, “I am only a Republican in terms of my registration.”

      That’s a RINO Bob, but like I said I may vote for him as a vote against Obama, but that would be about it.

      • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

        Hard to call the GOP nominee a RINO but I do understand that some feel that many GOP leaders (like Speaker Boehner) are RINOs because they do not embrace a certain political ideology. Even so, if you call yourself a Republican and don’t vote for Romney then you are (IMO) a RINO.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dkeys214 David Keys

    I like most of what Romney has SAID he would do if elected; I just don’t like what he has DONE in the past.  He claims to have changed his mind about a lot of things, but I don’t TRUST him.  I do trust, OBAMA to do the wrong thing for the country, however.

  • pslager

    What about Ron Paul, you know the guy who actually will improve our countries financial situation, get away from Fox news people!

  • Joshua Smith

    I think this is a great article Shane, but here’s my question, do you think that this is how the majority of people feel? They seem to have a dislike of Romney, but are being forced to vote for the lesser of two evils? Even Paul Ryan when interviewed was kinda backpedaling about his support of Romney. So, if people view Romney as the lesser of two evils, then I cannot see him winning in November. Further more I see another landslide victory for Obama. If we choose to coalesce around the Rep nominee, who is universally disliked even by his own party, then when the Dems coalesce around Obama we’ll lose hands down. This idea that the media has been pedaling for a while, that Romney “is the only one that can beat Obama” is completely false. We needed someone who we truly believed in, so that we could convince people to put signs in their yards, stickers on their cars, spend tireless hours on social media, and perhaps most importantly stump for him around your neighborhood. I used to pull a Rep ticket, but no longer will I do so. I’ll vote my conscience and vote for the guy who I think is “starting brush fires in the minds of others”. Someone who is making record turnouts of people at his rallies, who the media completely ignores and who by several polls actually beats Obama (because he takes away his independent base). That person is Ron Paul. If he doesn’t win the nomination, then I will write him in. Just like Regan almost pulled an upset in 76, I think Paul has the possibility to actually do it if the conservatives end up backing him, look what happened in Missouri. And FYI, I’ve seen over a thousand democrats here in CA change their minds and register republican just to vote for Ron Paul. Don’t we WANT that? Why would we ignore someone that is bringing in so many young people to the party? Isn’t that how Obama won?

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Josh, honestly if this were Ron Paul instead of Mitt Romney I’d probably be writing the same post. You know my reasons I don’t really want to hash it out here.

      Ron Paul isn’t going to have the delegates he needs even if wins a majority of delegates in all five caucus states he has been targeting – a big if – he still won’t get there.

      I certainly want younger voters to join the Republican Party, but surrounding conservative principles – social, fiscal and strong defense – not rallying around a primary. The fact Democrats are latching on to him like you say doesn’t exactly endear me to him.

      • 2012RonPaul

        I am hoping for a brokered convention. If a lot of the “anti” Romney Santorum supporters lean Paul’s way it could be a reality. Romney is owned by the same big banksters that already own Obama. Look at opensecrets. org- notice O’s biggest contributors in ’08 compared to Romney’s now.
        I’m sick of the “lesser evil” vote. I’m principle over party from now on. A “lesser evil” is still evil and to me, that is a wasted vote.

  • http://homewardbound-cb.blogspot.com/ ChrisB

    I have my doubts about Romney’s ability to win the general election, but it’s all but certain at this point that he will be the GOP nominee. He’s not my first choice (or my second), but he’s a darn sight better than four more years of Obama.

    Come January, either Obama or Romney will be the president. If you do not vote for one, you ARE voting for the other. The “I can’t vote for Romney” crowd needs to accept this. The primaries are the time to vote for the one you want. The general is the time to vote against the one you don’t want.

  • Eleanor Bauer

    Many of the Santorum supporters are going to carry on the fight for him, by persuading the states yet to vote (many were known to be wins for Santorum), as long as his name is still on the ballot, to vote Santorum. He may still win those states if the word gets out. Even to take delegates away from Romney  would still be a win. Help get the word out to those states who yet have primaries coming up. Texas would be a big win…and there are more.

  • Kevin Stilley

    It sounds like you may be reconsidering what you said previously, “we as Christians cannot let fear of Obama–nor political pressure–force
    us into compromise. I will take Governor Huckabee’s advice: I will not
    vote for or support the former governor of Massachusetts, should he be
    the Republican nominee, because he does not believe every life is worth
    saving.”  I hope you and others will not let fear push you into acting against your conscience.

    For me this is just one of many reasons I could never vote for the man. Not only has he “ran the dirtiest, most negative campaign of anyone in the Republican field” as you say above.  He has also ran the most dishonest.  He has now be caught in several  hundred documented lies.  I don’t know how anyone could vote for such a liar.

    It is never right to do wrong in order to do right.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Actually I believe that was David Shedlock who wrote that.

      I’m still praying on what I will do, but I know I have friends who are sincere believers who fall into both camps. But yeah it is hard to stomach the thought of voting for him.

  • Kevin Stilley

    Oops. That was actually David Shedlock’s statement.  I apologize for accidentally misrepresenting your previous position.

  • M_Minnesota

    I believe that Christians should pray for/work towards a open Convention.