Thursday, August 11, 2011
- The Boring Republican Debate
I don’t think Michelle Bachman is electable. But even if she were, I think she lacks the kind of economic sophistication it will take to keep our country from the abyss. A while back I wrote a piece about how Sarah Palin can ruin everything. All of that applies to Bachman as well. And I don’t like the gaggle of ‘also rans’ who will be telling us tonight whether they prefer Coke or Pepsi. I just don’t see it as a compelling reason to vote for any of them.
As for Romney, the ostensible leader, I find it tough to get firmly behind a guy who has firmly chosen every side of every issue.
Personally I hope Ron Paul pulls out a debate win. I don’t’ think he’s electable either, but everyone knows where he stands and I think a win by him will firm up the view that abolishing the departments of commerce, education, and HHS isn’t such a crazy idea after all. In a rational world, it really wouldn’t be.
My bigger point is that I’m hoping that the actual republican presidential candidate isn’t in the debate, or for that matter the race yet. As for those who aren’t, I don’t like Christy’s anti-gun position, or Perry’s past as an Al gore Democrat. I guess I’m still hoping against home, that someone talks Paul Ryan into running. But I know it’s a long shot. Short of that I’ll support whoever stands the best chance of beating Obama, in my estimation.
I wish I could say that Obama is an easy candidate to beat. God knows with a record like his he should be. He’s been a stratospheric failure on any objective measure. But the press is still willing to lie and distort the facts to keep him in office. And to be frank, he has a fairly big ‘client class’ who will support more free stuff, whoever promises it to them.
The Democrats will be spending a billion dollars on character assassination as soon as we choose a candidate. So I think it’s in our interests to wait as long as we can. The weak tea I’m seeing in Iowa only supports that conclusion in my view.