Wayne Allyn Root: Does Anyone in the GOP Want to Beat Obama?

By Wayne Allyn Root, Former Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee

Republican Presidential contenders are melting like tourists on the Vegas Strip, without sunscreen, on a 117 degree day in July. Doesn’t anyone in the GOP actually want to run against the worst President in modern American history?

It can’t be Obama’s record that’s scaring Republicans. Obama is overseeing the worst economy since 1929…contributed heavily to the worst sovereign debt crisis in history…presiding over the worst collapse in real estate ever…helping to ensure the highest gas prices in history by refusing to allow oil drilling until recently…the list goes on and on. You’d think the Republican contenders would be licking their lips at running against that record? Instead they are falling by the wayside.

Let’s examine the carnage. This analyst and political pundit predicted Donald Trump’s political career was over three weeks ago when “The Donald” played casino pit boss and F-bombed his way through a Vegas speech. Have you ever heard of multiple F-bombs in a major political speech in by a Presidential contender? Unimaginable.

Forget the birth certificate controversy. Trump was still sitting high in the polls even after Obama released his birth certificate. But there was no escaping using multiple F-bombs on the biggest political stage. Not in a GOP filled with evangelical Christian voters, and parents who wash their children’s mouth out with soap for using that same word. Donald “F-bomb” Trump’s political career ended that day in Vegas.

What about Huckabee? A Presidential frontrunner, this former man of God couldn’t turn down fame and money. Huckabee proves even the Presidency isn’t as lucrative as a TV show on Fox News.

Then there’s Newt Gingrich. I winced as I heard Newt’s words on Sunday. It’s tough to watch a political career implode on national TV. Newt’s career is over. Forget President. I mean any future political career. Senator. Governor. Dog catcher. Newt was electrocuted on the third rail of GOP politics. He supported big government control of our lives, backed the central tenet of Obamacare, called the GOP proposal for cutting Medicare spending “radical right wing social engineering,” and back-stabbed GOP Congressional hero Paul Ryan. All in one day. Goodnight Newt. You and your third wife can go home now.

And then there’s Mitt Romney. Mitt had the White House for the asking. One speech apologizing for Romneycare and promising to never allow it to happen again, and Romney is the next President of the United States. Here’s the speech that Mitt should have given:

“I made a big mistake. States can act as laboratories for new ideas. We tried an experiment with government-directed health care in my state. It didn’t work. Costs are up. Waits are up. Doctors are leaving the state. The experiment failed. I was wrong and I apologize. But good things can come out of failure, if you learn a lesson. Here’s what I learned. Big Government cannot manage the nation’s healthcare system…or anything else. Government drove a brothel into bankruptcy in Nevada. Government ran gambling (Off Track Betting) into bankruptcy in New York. Big Government has given you a $14 trillion national debt- $100 trillion if you add in unfunded liabilities. Your children and grandchildren face a bleak future because of Big Government. Big Government is a failure; I proved it in Massachusetts. I won’t let it happen again. I’ve learned from my mistake. I will not allow Obama to destroy our healthcare system by putting the government in charge. You have my word.” Insert: STANDING OVATION.

But no, Mitt didn’t deliver that speech. He delivered the only speech that could possibly snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory. He defended the disaster he created in Massachusetts. Really? Could anyone be that blind, deaf and dumb? Who wrote his speech- the Chicago Cubs?

Then we come to Libertarian legend Ron Paul. When it comes to economic issues, Paul is a visionary. This trailblazer warned America and the GOP about the dangers of big government, overspending and the Fed long before it was hip. If he ran as a Libertarian or independent third party candidate, Paul might actually have an opportunity to win the Presidency, or at least build a serious third party movement. Unfortunately his views on war, military spending, and Osama will make it highly unlikely he can win a GOP primary. But I see an ideal role for Congressman Paul in any Republican administration- Treasury Secretary or Federal Reserve Chief. Now that would have an impact.

Doesn’t anyone want to beat Obama? Who’s left? Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels? Two boring middle-aged white guys with the charisma of Al Gore? That’s the best the GOP has? Watching wet paint dry is more exciting, than watching Pawlenty or Daniels deliver a speech. Sorry, boys, but wet paint drying isn’t going to defeat Obama. Not if he has his teleprompter working properly.

Yes others could yet become the darkhorse for the GOP nomination- Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, perhaps even Sarah Palin.

But someone in the GOP had better hope that Chris Christie is having a change of heart. Then get down on your knees and pray. Pray hard. Then ring the doorbell of the New Jersey Governor’s mansion and start begging. Because without a Christie miracle, the worst President in modern history just became the favorite for re-election.

Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee. He now serves as Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

38 thoughts on “Wayne Allyn Root: Does Anyone in the GOP Want to Beat Obama?

  1. Liberty Woes

    What is this Root guy a joke? How can he support a republican over his own party and its libertarian principles? Most Americans are already sick of these wars and the amount of money it takes to sustain them. We want out! The GOP just has to catch up to their constituents and Ron Paul is the only one beating Obama in the polls. Root needs to read other news other than FOX -he would realize Ron Paul is already beating Obama since other GOP are nothing but the same social regulators supporters of big industry.
    Christie is just another supporter of the state, where the state, and not individuals have the right to provide energies and economic resources to help the state grow. NO THANK YOU!
    We need a third party, RJ Harris? Gary Johnson? Ron Paul for sure, anything but Christie!

  2. Ayn R. Key

    Why does a member of the LNC and LP presidential primary candidate care so much about what is going on inside the Republican Party and who their candidate might be?

    Now if one were to say “because of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson” that would be a response I could accept, but that is not the case here.

    He’s complaining that certain candidates were bought off by having a television show. He’s not complaining that Paul or Johnson were, he’s complaining that Huckabee was. He bemoans that Gingrich is over, and that Romney has the burden of Romneycare to blemish his record.

    What does he say about those candidates that libertarians would find appealing? He says nothing about Johnson and says that Ron Paul is weak because he is anti-war! In the mind of Wayne Root, Ron Paul’s biggest strength is his biggest weakness!

    Then he closes the article by all but endorsing Chris Christie. This from the man who wants the Libertarian nomination?

  3. Steve LaBianca

    Regarding Ron Paul, W.A.R. says, “If he ran as a Libertarian or independent third party candidate, Paul might actually have an opportunity to win the Presidency, . . . ”

    Just HOW MUCH MORE CLUELESS can he be? He is STILL stuck on third party politics in the “winning elections” paradox. Add in that the glaring characteristic W.A.. makes about Paul, is that – “Unfortunately his views on war, military spending, and Osama will make it highly unlikely he can win a GOP primary.”

    Again, it’s all about “winning” elections for W.A.R., not disseminating to others what one believes is right. But then . . . W.A.R. hasn’t a principled bone in his body – much like Bill Clinton, he sticks his finger to the wind to see which way it blows, and he goes with it.

  4. NewFederalist

    Too bad this epistle got posted so late. It had been completely subsumed by his latest one regarding Israel.

  5. paulie

    I may have jumped the gun in telling Jill to go ahead and post these. It’s true that Bruce has told me he has been very busy lately, but Wayne has also not emailed these to IPR as he was doing before, and he recently said he may possibly sue IPR, so you may want to double check with him as to whether he wants his articles on IPR anymore. As I think about it some more, if it was just a matter of Bruce being busy, we would have still gotten the email, and/or Aaron would have posted them…..

  6. NewFederalist

    Hey paulie, I get his emails of all these pieces. You mean they are “private” despite being shotgunned to thousands of email accounts?

  7. George Phillies

    “…run against the worst President in modern history…”

    Ummh, haven’t Nixon and Bush the younger been out office for a while?

    From a Libertarian standpoint, an ideal Republican team is something like Angle-Dobson. Clueless or social reactionary; hard to get both in one package.

  8. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Paulie, these articles are posted right on his website, and I saw the one about the GOP on Facebook yesterday. Why wouldn’t he want them posted? If he’s put them on his blog, aren’t they public?

  9. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    If Wayne wants me to pull them, I’m sure he’ll let me know.

  10. paulie

    They are also posted on many websites, so I don’t think they are private, but I wouldn’t publish them if Wayne asks me not to, and would recommend that others here also not publish them if that is his request. However, although I can ask, it’s not my place to tell other writers here what to do, Trent is the only one with that actual authority.

    I am not sure at this point that Wayne does *not* want to be published at IPR, I am just getting a stray thought that perhaps that is the case.

  11. paulie

    Paulie, these articles are posted right on his website, and I saw the one about the GOP on Facebook yesterday. Why wouldn’t he want them posted?

    Again not saying that he doesn’t. But, he may not want them subjected to some of the nastier criticism they get here.

    If he’s put them on his blog, aren’t they public?

    Presumably he still has the right to ask certain sites not to republish them, perhaps because he does not want to be associated with those sites.

    If Wayne wants me to pull them, I’m sure he’ll let me know.

    Agreed. I’m not suggesting you pull them pre-emptively.

  12. NewFederalist

    If he does not want the “nastier criticism” from IPR then I suggest he remains silent.

  13. Michael Cavlan RN

    To my Libertarian friends and allies.

    Told ya. The Green Party has been destroyed by stuff like this.

    I have no real dog in this fight. Just a friendly voice of experience.

    As for me and my thoughts on WAR. Well he has proven himself to me over and over.

    I have challenged him, repeatedly on his Obama is a Socialist lies. Using things like facts to back up my own political perspective.

    The flaming lying coward has refused to answer.

    Just like he has with other Libertarians who ask him uncomfortable questions.

    My advice.

    Ignore the idiot..

  14. Michael Cavlan RN

    New Federalist.

    Thank you Sir. A good way to start ignoring the idiot is to stop publishing his articles here.

    Again, just a thought.

    Wait a minute. Ignore Wayne who?

  15. Michael Cavlan RN

    ROFLMFAO

    Oh great. Now I am stuck with the image of a cheesy Las Vegas entertainer stuck in my head.

    New Federalist, what the hell did I ever do to you?

    LOL

  16. Michael Cavlan RN

    Ummm I am not a Green anymore. The Green Party is just about dead. Because of the kind of bullshit that Wayne Newton is practicing. Our version was a guy called David Cobb.

    Wait a minute. Wayne Newton. Fig newton. I am feeling a bit hungry.. Time to have a cup of coffee and a nice fig newton.

    Grin

    Wayne who?

  17. NewFederalist

    Have a nice Cobb salad. Very healthy. (My wife is an RD so I know this stuff.)

  18. Ayn R. Key

    Paulie @6
    I may have jumped the gun in telling Jill to go ahead and post these. It’s true that Bruce has told me he has been very busy lately, but Wayne has also not emailed these to IPR as he was doing before, and he recently said he may possibly sue IPR, so you may want to double check with him as to whether he wants his articles on IPR anymore.

    It is a ver bizarre presidential candidate who posts information publicly but doesn’t want it disseminated.

    Then again, IPR has one thing his blog doesn’t have – the ability to respond and disagree at the same time. Given that this posting of his, reposted courtesy of Jill, addresses some of the more problematic aspects of the Root campaign I can see why he would not want “radicals” to be able to voice their opinion of it. He will only let “respectful” responses appear on his blog.

  19. Ayn R. Key

    He actually thinks he has grounds for a lawsuit?

    Only if he can point to libelous information posted here. Defamation is one of the few restrictions on free speech in the law books. If he is angry that someone shared an email that Wayne wrote, he has no case.

    Moreover if he wants to use the force of government to punish IPR for providing a forum for a commenter to forward that email he’s no libertarian.

  20. David Colborne

    I’m going to put my devil’s advocate cap on here and see if I can explain the logic behind this one.

    What Wayne is arguing is that the GOP will not be able to field a competitive candidate against Obama, either due to gross incompetence (Trump, Romney, Gingrich), toxicity against elements of the GOP base (Paul), or some combination of the two. So, if none of the “good” GOP candidates are going to win the nomination (Paul, Johnson), and if none of the “bad” candidates have a chance against Obama (Pawlenty, etc.), then why not vote Libertarian?

    Granted, this point would be a little less subtle without the nod to Governor Christie, but it’s consistent with Wayne’s view that the LP should embrace a “GOP-lite” agenda, albeit minus most of the religious overtones.

    Whether you agree or disagree with his views is, of course, an exercise left for the reader.

  21. paulie

    It is a ver bizarre presidential candidate who posts information publicly but doesn’t want it disseminated.

    Aside from the presidential candidate question, it is just speculation at this point whether he would really want it pulled.

  22. Thomas L. Knapp

    It’s not that nobody in the GOP wants to beat Obama.

    It’s that they’re simply not positioned to do so.

    As Wayne is fond of saying, “America is a center-right country.”

    And Obama is a center-right president.

    There just aren’t enough votes to his right to beat him with, and most Republican candidates are afraid to run at him from his left on any of the issues except foreign policy (Trotskyism remains ascendant in the GOP on that issue), where he’s been moving left himself.

  23. Tom Blanton

    Root is writing this garbage for right wing rubes and tea party clowns that watch FOX, read NewsMax and listen to right wing talk radio.

    He knows his audience will never vote for a LP candidate. His whole point is that the GOP must find someone who can beat Obama. This has been his obsession for quite sometime.

    At this point, it is difficult to believe that Root has any support in libertarian circles. He has made it clear who he is politically and personally.

    As for religious overtones, God is named as one of four things that empower the “citizen revolution”, according to the cover of Root’s book.

  24. paulie's perv party over, turn out the lites

    So, which of you “brave” bootlickers is responsable for taking down anti WAR comments? Could it be…oh I don’t know…that bootlicking rootlicker PAULIE???? Like I said…party over , turn out the lites….puto…..

  25. paulie

    responsable for taking down anti WAR comments?

    Yeah, there’s really a dearth of anti-Root and/or antiwar opinions on this thread and/or IPR. Really?

    Although it would be nice if you could express your disagreement politely, that’s obviously not a requirement, or many more comments would be removed.

    On the other hand, sometimes repetitive and quasi-coherent attack spam does get deleted, along with some perceived violations of privacy.

    We try to keep that to a bare minimum.

    If you can’t deal with the very minimal amount of editorial control over comments here, I suggest you go to or create an internet community more to your liking.

  26. Pot, Meet Kettle

    Root: What about Huckabee? A Presidential frontrunner, this former man of God couldn’t turn down fame and money.

    And Root can?

    Huckabee proves even the Presidency isn’t as lucrative as a TV show on Fox News.

    Sounds like Root envies Huckabee.

  27. Ayn R. Key

    David, good job playing Devil’s Advocate. But as you pointed out, his message (if you are right about what his message is) would be far stronger had he left out the Chris Christie endorsement.

    It probably would have been stronger also had his wording on Paul’s position been more along the lines of “Paul is right about the war but good luck getting Republicans to go for that”.

    But his wording on Paul was that Root also disagreed with Paul, and he did endorse Christie.

  28. George Washington

    If I may, please;
    A very nice article. We need more people like this writing to help people understand what Mr. Ron Paul is all about 🙂

    Thank You

    Ron Paul for Republican Nom and President

  29. Kleptocracy and You

    Ron Paul Should Stand Aside for Gary Johnson: http://www.uncoveredpolitics.com/2011/04/ron-paul-should-stand-aside-for-gary-johnson/

    Idaho Republicans ‘run amok’, sue taxpayers for $100K: https://mail.google.com/mail/h/it5bfrqki6gb/?v=c&th=12f4300f1b8266de

    Gary Johnson Republican Presidential Debate Answers FULL HQ:(Cost Benefit Analysis; To Save Our Future!!!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBr8Rmas7Is
    https://donate.garyjohnson2012.com/ 1588

    Gary Johnson Explains: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRUNDKCXgGc&feature=related
    https://donate.garyjohnson2012.com/ 1104

    Gary E. Johnson (R-NM) A former 2-term Governor in the 2-1 registered Democratic swing state of NM on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_E._Johnson

    Michael Cousins – I AM LIBERTARIAN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsM-8re_PLs&feature=related

  30. Mark Seidenberg

    Wayne Root

    Do you believe that the purported posted birth document on April 27th, 2011, by the White House is not a forgery?

    Obama was born on Mombasa Island in the Indian Ocean just east of Kenya. The Department of State has been using Mombasa as an example of lack of British Sovereignty over a
    territory of the Sultan of Zanzibar under British
    Control, during the late 1970’s Panama Canal
    Zone giveaway.

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party

  31. Darryl W. Perry

    I almost missed the part where Wayne alienated fans of the Chicago Cubs… “Mitt… delivered the only speech that could possibly snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory… Could anyone be that blind, deaf and dumb? Who wrote his speech- the Chicago Cubs?”

  32. Mark Seidenberg

    Machoarchy

    This news about a purported planing of a conventention of the “national American Independent Party” on July 4, 2011 in Monterey, CA is unknown to me.

    I have no knowledge of a Monterey County American Independent Party that is currently
    active.

    Please post details of both.

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party

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