Early in the GOP presidential campaign I was holding on to hope that the country, or at least conservatives, had learned something from the drubbing we got in the 2008 election.
But once again, the GOP appears poised to nominate the worst of the worst as its candidate and to hand Obama the keys to the White House for another four years. Meanwhile, real conservatives are watching from the sidelines.
Newt Gingrich, who is staying in the race, admitted Friday at a Wisconsin campaign stop that Mitt Romney is beating the pants off of him.
"I think Mitt Romney is clearly the front-runner," Gingrich said according to Fox News. “I think he will probably get 1,144 (delegates), but I think he has to earn it."
The media had picked Romney early on as their favorite for the GOP, because he was "middle of the road," which is doublespeak for "liberal."
But as the primaries are a numbers game leading up to the convention, there was still the possibility that the conservative outrage over Obama might yet bear fruit.
So much for that notion. Romney has 568 delegates at this writing and seems to be sailing into the convention amid thunderous applause, even though he's technically only halfway there.
So what happened to the conservative backlash to the most radical leftist president ever?
It's been undermined from several corners.
Most of America is conservative, as polls have repeatedly found.
But that is almost completely nullified by the fact that the majority of Americans still gets news from television, that great devourer of thought processes.
It used to be said that the medium is the message. In our modern day, the media have used their ability to shape the message to create a whole new reality. And the persistent message of the leftist media is that conservatism is the equivalent of evil.
You've all heard it: Conservatives get called Nazis by liberals on a daily basis. If you are a conservative and you've never been called a Nazi, or worse, you've been hiding your light under a bushel.
The media message has a hold on Americans that is unswayed by truth, history or sense. Nazis, or National Socialists, of course were firmly on the left side of the political spectrum, with their love of government control, elimination of private property, racial stratification, environmental regulation and eugenics. But because the media unerringly broadcast a message 180 degrees opposite the truth, the boogeyman in the American mind is conservative.
That image is used to push conservatives out of the way once again as Americans are maneuvered into accepting a non-alternative to the liberal disaster currently occupying the Oval Office.
Romney would not, I think, run the country through unaccountable czars and executive orders, ignore his legal duties, racially divide the country or regularly stomp on the Constitution. However, in many respects, he is every bit the socialist Obama is. His state, Massachusetts, is on the leading edge of liberalism with its state-controlled health care and recognition of gay marriage, both of which happened under Romney's watch.
The GOP leadership itself is no help, either. They have played footsies for too long with their counterparts in the Democratic Party. There is little ideological difference between them, and the GOP leaders seem content to let Obama have his way.
The GOP has managed to diffuse the conservative anger in this country by undermining the Tea Party movement from within, first co-opting the Tea Party Express, breaking off the Florida Tea Party, then buying out the national Tea Party Patriots, leading to a -- perhaps orchestrated -- schism with the California Tea Party and other groups across the country.
Whatever elements of the Tea Party have not been undermined by the GOP have been targeted by the Democratic Party, which has brought the IRS to bear on Tea Party and other conservative leaders in an obviously coordinated campaign to intimidate the only real opposition that exists.
So here we are, rolling closer to the most pivotal election in modern times, with conservatives being set up to lose from all sides.