My friend David Limbaugh got in some good-natured jabs at me when he appeared on the African-American Conservatives podcast. He was objecting to my recent suggestion that a Mitt Romney loss might not be a complete disaster.
Limbaugh blames Obamacons — conservatives who supported Barack Obama – for John McCain‘s loss in 2008. (It’s worth noting that I was very critical of conservatives who seemed to provide cover for Obama in ’08, so I understand his frustration.)
But my goal was neither to encourage voter apathy nor diminish the very real concerns conservatives feel about the Obama administration — but rather to make the point that some of the rhetoric regarding the importance of this election is overwrought.
As I noted in a recent follow-up column, the worst possible scenario would be for Romney to win — and then proceed to govern in a liberal or moderate style. We get caught up in the emotion of campaigns, but the truth is it’s hard to predict the future.
I can certainly appreciate why a lot of conservatives might object to my bringing up this inconvenient point, and I am happy that David was able to disagree with me in a profound, yet agreeable, manner. He is a class-act, and I am grateful to count him as a friend.