By Mr. Curmudgeon
“I believe he wants Romney to get it,” Herman Cain told Byron York of the Washington Examiner. The “he” in question is George W. Bush’s Svengali, Karl “the architect” Rove. The “it” is the GOP presidential nomination. In an appearance on Fox News, Rove said Cain “shows a lot of passion, a lot of energy,” but that Cain’s misstatements “create a sense that he’s not up to it.”
In a telephone interview, Cain told York, “I believe it is a deliberate attempt to damage me because I am not, quote unquote, the establishment choice. But why not go with the choice that the people seem to like?”
Cain makes a good point. For years, the GOP was governed by what Ronald Reagan dubbed “the 11th Commandment,” which means Republicans should refrain from speaking ill of fellow Republicans. That went out the window during the midterm elections of 2010.
That year saw many an establishment Republican’s career come to an abrupt close. For some, it was not pretty. Utah’s Bob Bennett was refused the nomination by his state’s Republican Convention to run for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, this after Mitt Romney’s rousing endorsement. Bennett was so surprised by his defeat he appeared before the press and wept. To say establishment Republicans have a strong sense of entitlement is an understatement.
Do you remember “Joe The Plumber”? He was that average Joe who questioned the soundness of candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to “spread the wealth around.” Samuel J. Wurzelbacher (a.k.a., Joe The Plumber) filed the necessary paper work to run as the GOP candidate in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. Old Joe became a household word when establishment Republican John McCain mentioned him in campaign speeches. In a recent interview with Pennsylvania Public Radio, Joe had a few choice words for the Senator from Arizona. “McCain was trying to use me. I happened to be the face of Middle Americans. It was a ploy.” And that in a nutshell explains the relationship between the GOP’s Rovians and We the Plumbers.
Rove’s attacks on Herman Cain show establishmentarians are in their whining phase. If Romney loses the nomination, it’s likely we’ll see tears.