In 2012 the GOP is Like the Lady Who Goes Shoe Shopping

The GOP is like the lady who goes shoe shopping. She can only buy one pair, and it's got to be shoes she can wear all year long, and in every circumstance….and can afford.

She knows what she needs is a practical pair of black leather pumps. But once she's in the shoe store she can't help but look around.

Wow! Those sure are adorable white strappy sandals, and they're on sale! So she tries them on.

What about those sexy red 4 inch spike heels! So she tries them on.

And look at those drop dead patent leather boots - so she tries them on, too.

They all look terrific. But the sandals won't keep her warm in the winter and white is tough to keep clean. And those shiny books look great with a leather miniskirt, but will look a little silly on a hot August day, plus they are WAY over budget. Those spike heels are gorgeous, and every head will turn while she's standing around at a cocktail party, but no way she can walk all the way to the parking lot in them afterwards.

They're all great shoes and every pair looks great on her. (Sigh) But she can only buy one pair of shoes, and she's got to them wear everywhere, summer, spring, winter and fall.

So what does she end up buying? Those practical, black pumps. They make not make her heart pound, but they're the only shoes that make sense.

Mitt Romney? He's the black pumps.

Kathleen Troia "K.T." McFarland is a Fox News National Security Analyst and host of's DefCon 3. She is a Distinguished Adviser to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and served in national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. She wrote Secretary of Defense Weinberger’s November 1984 "Principles of War Speech" which laid out the Weinberger Doctrine. Be sure to watch "K.T." every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET on's "DefCon3"-- already one of the Web's most watched national security programs.