The Romney Moment


Mitt Romney made it to New Hampshire. In a stadium that holds 11,300 people, a boisterous crowd of Republicans gathered with Kid Rock playing, Born Free. the song is telling. It was Rock ‘n Roll cowboy music. It fit the occasion. It fit the audience.

The one thing telling in the crowd was this. It was hard pressed to find any minority group in the crowd. Not that it was easy enough in the first place. New Hampshire is predominantly Caucasian.

In an earlier encounter with Tea Party members— they insisted that the Tea Party is a grassroots movement. And they feel misunderstood. As if they were backed in a corner. The phrase, blame it on the “liberal media” was dropped many times many. The argument had a certain arrogance into it, and a certain lack of coherent thought, idea of compromise or erudition. It gave the impression that the Conservative party truly believed it was absolutely right. That any debate is merely to espouse their point of view. That any debate is simply to pay lip service to the word, “debate”.

The Republican Party absolutely believes it is the greatest nation on Earth. It is after all a subjective one. The Chinese have equal arrogance in their belief to be on the path of greatness. As if anyone knew what that work means at all. I digress.

If there was any doubt in my mind that the Tea Party is merely an offshoot of the Republican Party, after today, I don’t believe in that idea. The Tea Party is the Republican Party. Any moderate conservative is either a libertarian or is a Republican in name only.

It is tempting to define it as intelligence versus stupid. There is a certain arrogance, and often certainty in being the “smart liberal”. What is astounding is the certainty of The Republican Party in what they believe is to be true. There is no compromise in that. There is an ugly sense of fanaticism in it.

The best description of the Republican Party today is like a spoiled child. If it does not get its own way, it will throw a tantrum. Like an animal, hurting, it will strike back, violently. A victory by Obama will see an even more virulent Republican Party.

And I now see the genuine fear Democrats have, if President Obama loses.

The tea party does not see any investment in the future. It prides itself in big oil. It prides itself in good old fashion cowboy self-reliance. In short, a tea party America fears the future. Perhaps, this is the price America pays for its lack of investment in education. This is a polarized America no matter who wins.

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Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • UPnnGrd

    Obama wins!!!!

    That’s my call… and key reason will be the —Pinoy votes— Puerto Rican votes. Puerto Rican votes (Orange county) deliver Florida to Obama, while the — Pinoy votes — Honduras/Dominican Republic the Latino votes of Manassas/Fairfax deliver Virginia to Obama, Latinos joining a whole lot of women-who-want-right-to-choose, too, choosing Democrat … delivering Virginia to Obama.

    That’s my call, This is while there still are people in line waiting to cast their votes in Virginia. Virginia goes to Obama, Florida goes to Obama // slam-dunk.

  • Very very well said. The arrogance of the Rush Limbaugh Republicans is so utterly distasteful. The problem is, Rush is an entertainer striving for ratings, so he pushes the edge of honorable argument. The Republican extremists buy the “edge” as truth and frame it as an ideological goal that is bitter and jealous. Democrats respond in kind. The low mark for me was when that twit Steele who used to lead the Republican party claimed that Republicans are the “true Americans”. What a jerk.Many Republicans are angry little people. Emphasis on little. Double emphasis on angry.

    • UPnnGrd

      Did you cast your vote? Has your state implemented a secure voting-via-internet?

  • Hmm but you’re in NH. Would it probably be a different perception if you’re in CA which is Republican (but shrinking)?

    • UPnnGrd

      Agreed… many Republicans make excellent American citizens as well as citizens of the world. Just look at the Republicans who, many many years ago, slogged extra-ordinarily hard (in cooperation with the CBCP and the Vatican) to insert words into Pilipinas 1987 Constitution.

    • cocoy

      We went to Harvard, in Boston, and talked to Members of the Tea Party. They had the Fox News tone.

      • UPnnGrd

        It speaks well of those republicans that they talked to you. In Pilipinas, had a Markano or an Ass-tralyano anti-Noynoy spoken against Noynoy’s “What???? Only anti-Gulo as platform???!!!” in 2010, that Marka-no could have been booed and told “… hoy!!! huwag kang makiki-alam dito, Kayong mga puti, Talsik Diyan!!! Uwi! Uwi!! Uwi!!”: