Survival of the fittest
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 13:04
Titanic was re-released in 3D last week, and I was among the fortunate enough to watch the “unsinkable ship” sink to the bottom of the ocean for the umpteenth time, except this time in three dimensions.
Something else that floundered in the last few days was Pennsylvanian Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign. And now that Santorum pulled out of the GOP race there is no stopping wealthy former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney from venturing on the quest to defeat Obama for the Oval Office.
As much as Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich supporters hate to admit it, the Republican candidate who will more than likely be running against President Obama in the 2012 election in November will be Romney.
It’s not as though Paul, Gingrich or Santorum were necessarily “unfit” for the GOP nomination, even though Santorum’s sweater vest may have been, it’s because they simply aren’t as wealthy as Romney.
Even though the support of Paul, Gingrich and Santorum is there in many states, the money is not. It incredibly expensive to run a campaign, and if the presidential nominees aren’t making over $50,000 a day, most of them probably won’t have much of a chance of seeing their name printed on the election ballot.
As of this year, Romney has raised double -- even triple -- the amount of money for his campaign when compared to Paul, Gingrich and Santorum’s campaign money. Then you have to consider his personal wealth, which is estimated to be about $250 million.
It’s interesting: Now that Santorum has backed out of the presidential race, even Obama has shifted his main campaign goal, which is to highlight Romney’s wealth.
Obama’s tactic seems to be aiming to create awareness of the huge discrepancy taxes that the rich pay compared to the taxes that middle class Americans pay.
It’s almost as though this is what Obama’s campaign approach is screaming to potential November voters: “Remember the percentage that Romney paid in taxes last year? That’s right … only about half as much as you.”
Although the Republicans are opposed to Obama’s recent tax tactic, and every other tactic of his, Obama is just doing what the Republican nominees have been doing best: get Americans to vehemently loathe the opposing candidate.
Despite the fact that Obama will most likely be paired up against Romney in the fall, I do believe our current president will have no problem getting reelected back into the White House mansion. If not, where would Michelle Obama plant her garden?
If the Republican presidential nominees had been featured in the movie, Romney would have been like Cal Hockley, trying to bribe his way into a lifeboat. However, money wasn’t able to secure himself a lifeboat, and it certainly won’t keep Obama from latching onto a wooden plank and surviving for another term.
Jaime is a junior majoring in English education.