(copyright by Bernie Quigley, 2012)
Said to friend at the Tenth Amendment Center that we on the ground since 2003 on behalf of states’ rights have now managed to radicalize three important and committed adults; Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Bob McDonnell. This is the way of all historic transition in its classic anthropological passage: It took John Brown to empower Lincoln, and the half mad lawyer James Otis to empower John Adams. So that, remarkably, which began with a few New Hampshire renegades called the "free staters" ten years ago can now actually count Mitt Romney in their ranks. And Rick Perry, who always had the tendency, and Bob McDonnell.
This, represented today by John Roberts, the archetypal Eastern Establishment Conservative and a George H.W. Bush appointee, brings a full change of paradigm to conservatism. Until today there were three sensibilities in government; the Roosevelt Democrats and the Bush conservatives, and the rising Tea Party coalition which brought a challenge to Obamacare. John Roberts’s decision classically links Bush conservatives to Roosevelt/Kennedy/Obama liberals and this is the essence of his “compromise.” In this event Bush conservatives lose to history and rural conservatives rise to the center of political culture.
Mitt Romney has in the last few years gone through a natural radicalization. In effect, he has joined the party of Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano and is now the leader of that movement. And the coalition and Tea Party influence now takes dominance over the easterners in the Republican Party. Those conservatives who hope for an Obama victory in 2012 so they can run back the clock with Christie/Jeb Bush in 2016 have been accommodated by Roberts’ “compromise.” But Robert is rapidly becoming a pariah to conservatives and their hopes are now diminished.