During the past several months Wingnut Blogger Erick Erickson has been waging a Jihad against public enemy number one – Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT). Bennett, who may possibly have kicked Erickson’s dog at one time or another, is guilty of all sorts of offenses against pure party doctrine so the story goes. And thus Erickson hopes that the party faithful can administer a dose of vile teabag justice to Bennett in the GOP primary.
Today’s outrage centers on ol’ Willard Romney aka “Mitt.” Turns out that Mittens may be lending a helping hand to Bob Bennett in his time of need. Here is how Erickson puts it:
are rallying around Bennett’s challengers, and the Club for Growth is actively working to defeat him at the May nominating convention. Utah
So who does Bennett call on to save his career? Mitt Romney, of course. Bennett is even giving away copies of Romney’s book on the campaign trail — maybe that explains the curious New York Times notation that Romney’s book, debuting in the number one spot this past week on the best sellers list, was the only book on the list to have received bulk orders.
Romney may think he’s playing it safe here. But so did Rick Santorum in 2004, actively supporting Sen. Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary. The move alienated Santorum’s base and rendered him a dead-man walking in his own re-election campaign two years later. Romney is now walking the same plank in
– supporting an unpopular, out-of-touch establishment incumbent against fresh, new, principled conservatives of the sort who are finally breathing life into the Republican Party. This comes on the heels of Romney declining to join every other 2012 hopeful in NY-23 supporting Doug Hoffman. Utah
Conservatives right now can’t know who their candidate will be in 2012, but this may get them thinking.
It is not surprising that the True Believer Erickson has issues with Weasely Willard. It looks like Willard play acting as a born again Teabagger wouldn’t even placate Erickson. You have to imagine that if Rick Santorum was not far right enough for him there is no way Mittens could ever gain his approval.
Apparently Santorum lost is his Pennsylvania Senate Seat because he was not right wing enough! Come on Erickson, what would have Santorum had to do to get you to cut him some slack – Goose step?
All the same Willard Romney better keep an open eye for these characters because it looks like they’ll bag him if they get a chance.