This is pretty much where I’m at too, so go ahead and co-sign me to it.
Influential conservative blogger Erick Erickson said he would endorse the “sweet meteor of death” over any of the current GOP candidates, but would back the party’s eventual nominee in the general election against President Obama…
Earlier this month, Cain endorsed “the people.” But speaking Monday on his WSB radio show, Erickson did something similar, endorsing “a great fireball from the sky annihilating us all.”…
Erickson has at various times said Ron Paul should be excluded based on the controversial newsletters that bear his name, called Santorum a “big government conservative” and said it would be “insanity” to nominate Gingrich, who in the past has supported the individual mandate…
“I doubt any of them can beat Barack Obama unless the economy gets worse, and I don’t want to be in a position of rooting for a bad economy,” he said.
Erickson said he’s hoping for a brokered convention, where some other candidate might emerge in a last-ditch effort to derail the Romney campaign.
I also fantasize about a brokered convention but Ed wrote a solid piece a few weeks ago arguing against it. Having “the establishment” broker a nominee doesn’t bother me because there’d be enormous pressure on them to choose someone who’s acceptable to grassroots conservatives too. The risk of depressed turnout if they went full RINO would be too great, and they know it. The deeper problem with a brokered nominee is throwing someone with no organization and no fundraising into a media feeding frenzy two months before the election. The only candidate I can think of who might be able to pull that off is Daniels, since he could probably raise a boatload of money quickly via his Bush and Barbour connections. (Jeb could too, but the Bush brand would be terrifying so soon after Dubya.) Even then, though, it’s a tremendous risk. Would you rather roll the dice on Mitch the Knife than stick with a battle-hardened Romney in October? What would Romney supporters do on election day if their guy was denied the nomination despite having a plurality of delegates? Anything could happen.
Honestly, my core problem with the field is less their specific weaknesses than the fact that we failed to entice a top-tier star candidate into the field against a vulnerable incumbent whom conservatives despise. I can’t get past that. Like Erickson, I’ll vote for the eventual nominee, but I can’t bring myself to choose one over the others because the feeling that they’re not our best is ever present. Deep down, I don’t think any of them are equal to the fiscal challenges ahead. How can I have a preference?
Erick says he’ll have the audio available in a bit; I’ll post it when it’s up. In the meantime, catch the fever.
Update: Here’s the audio from Erick, as promised. The SMOD bit comes near the beginning, about one-eighth of the way in.