Who we have–
Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul.
These are the heavy hitters for the GOP in 2012.
Mitt is neat as a pin, very deliberate, ‘the’ choice from the establishment GOP. Has a moderate history. Huge obstacle to overcome. Press loves to bash him and they love it more when fellow Repubs join in.
Newt Gingrich has some accomplishments but has some serious character flaws. Intelligent, yet maybe too much so for his own good. Has gone through 3 marriages and has cheated in 2 of them. Once is forgivable, twice is no accident.
Rick Santorum. Was booted out of his Governorship in 2010. Speaks very conservatively, believes in a strong foreign policy. Also well-dressed…
Ron Paul. Lambasted as a kook. Has a grandfathery demeanor. Someone people know they ought to listen to. Has some mainstream media baggage with “fringe” groups that identify with his goals. Is outright ignored by most media outlets for reasons that they alone will ever truly know. Has a huge following with the youth and a massive presence in the ‘new’ media.
Does the GOP really want to win?
By looking at this stellar lineup, one has to think that the GOP either has no rising stars to bank on, or that they are thinking that Obama has no chance to win and that it’ll be a cake walk into the White House.
Back in 2008, the party looked like they might have some up and comers that would be ready to go toe-to-toe with Obama in 2012. A huge sweep led by TEA-party candidates in 2010 should have put the GOP in position to roll into Pennsylvania Avenue.
The more I examine this field the more I think that no, the GOP does not want to win. They may accept winning, but they want to make sure they have someone in the WH that does it ‘their’ way. No conservatism. No true sweeping change to the way business is conducted in DC.
Atleast that’s how it seems through the filters of the current media. The 2 truly decent people, Paul and Santrum are not taken seriously. At least… again, through the filter of the MSM… So we are left with moderates….
Who could we have?
JC Watts, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio.. perhaps a conservative industry giant… a battlefield general…
I am particularly interested in Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. JC Watts, I had always thought, epitomized the openness of the party to all.
This is an election that we (as the people) can’t afford to see lost to the status quo. I think the ultra-left (I mean even left of Nancy Pelosi et al) sees the same opportunity. Luckily, they are pre-OCCUPIED with their OWS non-sense and are only bringing negative news to the OWS cause.
The real threat they pose is disruption and infiltration of TEA-party and conservative events. They blew their wad in the wrong way by the occupation technique. While it was interesting and thought provoking at first, garnering sympathy from even the right for a time, they over step their bounds as I noted in a previous post where I dissected a “round table” meeting in the early going of OWS.
The GOP HAS to seize the climate of “REFORM” and follow through. They must look past the safe and stable status quo of big business and bigger government. If they fail, if they just go through the motions in this election season, who can ever take them seriously again?
The GOP establishment of the Rockefellers et. al, gave us the Nixon presidency, and the Ford candidacy in 70’s and cried bloody murder when it started to become apparent that Bush1 would lose to that Jelly bean eatin’ actor from California who actually knew his shit (that’s right folks… he did it the old fashioned way… with brief notes on 3×5 cards) in 1980.
Conservatism has only had brief periods of prominence in the past 50 years, mainly with Barry Goldwater and again with Reagan.
The country’s path has been progressive for over 100 years now, and we’re seeing the results displayed for all to see. There is a limit to what the government can do. People need to be free and need to know the value of hard work. They need to be able, not only to succeed, but to fail.
But the current crop of GOP’ers doesn’t inspire a serious shift in the normal SOP of government. They placate the right now, but will quickly ‘work with the other side of the aisle’ when the first piece of bad press comes out about a controversial piece of legislation.
Backbone. The Republicans need a man with backbone. An uncompromising man of great courage, intellect, class, charm, and …damnit, integrity. A man strong enough to sweep the Republicans with his coattails into a super majority. And THEN get them to actually make the changes they promised.
Where is he? Who is John Galt?
“…Don’t exhaust yourself to help build the kind of world that you see around you now. In the name of the best within you, don’t sacrifice the world to those who will take away your happiness for it.”— John Galt speech Ayn Ryan’s Atlas Shrugged 1957