The feeling is unmistakable, the sinking sense in the pit of my conservative stomach that keeps saying, “this feels like 2008, Obama is going to win, we have another McCain on our hands.” It is like the last thirty-eight seconds of the fourth quarter in a close football game. Our team is down, inches matter and a long-shot just might deliver the goods. The seconds may also pass by leaving us to deal with a crushing defeat.
Can we win this election? I am not so sure. Do I trust the media? Hell no. I do trust my gut and like many conservatives it is telling me things don’t feel so good right now.
Romney is making conservatives jittery. He wasn’t our choice, many largely don’t know how we got here, yet we all know that right now, we will take any win we can get. The Massachusetts governor isn’t the best vessel to carry our conservative ideology. It is, what it is.
Many will write in the coming days about what he needs to do to win. I don’t have a suggestion because I don’t know. We have a president who is a failure, an economy heading for a fiscal cliff and a lack of leadership on defense. Yet the opposition hasn’t really been much of an opposition so why would people jump ship now?
There is the old saying, don’t change horses in mid stream. I have a rebuttal, if the horse you rode in in drowned a long time ago, consider a new horse, any horse will do.
I don’t know what Mitt should do, I only know he should do something. He is the quarterback and the clock is ticking. Like football, these final weeks may be a game of inches but it doesn’t matter if we are miles behind.
We need something, anything, before this all slips away. Something to calm the jitters and give us hope that the last four years of fighting, of tea parties and mid-term organizing wasn’t done to bring another loser to the stage.