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GOP Debate: Winners & Losers, But Mostly Losers

   So who won the GOP debate in Ames, IA last night?  With a mostly subdued panel-and moderator questions that ranged from contentious to downright bizarre –  the more pertinent question seems to be “Who lost?”

The most obvious losers were Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, and Jon “My Record in Utah” Huntsman.  Santorum and Pawlenty both carried the air of men who understood this debate was probably their last chance to distinguish themselves to voters and the media.  The two candidates came out strong, highlighting their records with solid, direct responses.  One of Pawlenty’s big mistakes of the night came when Chris Wallace offered him a “do-over” for his previous failure to stick it to Romney regarding Massachusetts “Obamneycare” during the first debate.  Even with the opportunity handed to him, Pawlenty could barely muster a direct jab at Romney and didn’t even use all his allotted time to respond.  And then there was his other big mistake – when he finally did summon a little pluck and decide to take on another candidate, he chose Michele Bachmann – the only woman on the stage.  Bachmann stood her ground, and Pawlenty made some salient points at her expense, but it didn’t seem like a wise strategy to let the first person he directly and forcefully engages be the only woman in the field.  Not good optics, as they say.

Santorum lost the debate because…well…he’s Rick Santorum – strong conservative, affable guy, but completely unmemorable.  His cause was not aided in any way by the moderators, who went as long as thirty minutes without directing a single question or comment toward Santorum.  As the night wore on it was obvious Santorum was frustrated with his screen time, but he was unable assert himself enough to demand more time.  He was just too…nice.

Jon Huntsman may have lost last night’s debate 2 months ago when he first announced his candidacy and many in the mainstream media picked him as a good opponent for Obama right away.  An endorsement from Jeb Bush didn’t help much either.  Has Huntsman never heard of Bush Fatigue?

And then there was Newt – no doubt the smartest guy in the room.  With his direct, thoughtful answers he ran circles around his competition.  However, Newt’s fatal flaw is his total confidence in his intelligence and stature.  Clearly irritated, Gingrich slapped away a question regarding the mass defection of his original campaign team.  The crowd seemed to enjoy Newt’s boldness at first, but ultimately his “cranky Uncle Newt at family Thanksgiving dinner” routine proved to be too much.  Newt didn’t lose, but he didn’t win anything either.

Herman Cain was fine.  He was given a moment to clarify his remarks about banning mosques and Sharia law.  His answers were not eloquent, but adequate.  He knows a lot about business and running a business and how businesses run and companies and such.  Cainiacs were no doubt pleased with his performance over all.

Ron Paul was Ron Paul.  He had his Ron Paul comb-over and wore his Ron Paul suit and read from his Ron Paul script.  He hit all his Ron Paul talking points.  The Ron Paul fans screamed at every Ron Paulism that came out of Ron Paul’s mouth.  Ron Paul probably raised a lot of money last night.

Michele Bachmann held her own but seemed somewhat subdued.  One wonders if her campaign advisors have been coaching her to avoid the “screeching woman” syndrome so many female candidates are accused of falling into. It was a pretty unremarkable night for Mrs. Bachmann until Byron York asked what was probably the most ridiculous, most bizarre question of the evening.  Without a hint of embarrassment, York asked Bachmann if, being a Bible-believing Christian, she would follow the commandment from 1Peter and submit to her husband even in the White House.  Bachmann seemed as stunned as the crowd for a brief second, then fired off a very sweet response about loving her husband and understanding that the verse is about mutual respect.  If Fox News were one of the players on stage last night, Byron York would have been the guy that lost the game for them.  It was an awful, silly question, which Bachmann handled with ease.  If she had a bright spot last night, that was it.

That leaves us with Romney, and Romney’s hair, which has its very own campaign team, don’t you know?  Romney and his hair were the clear winners last night, but perhaps more for what didn’t happen than what did happen.  Romney’s hair let Mitt do all the talking, and he said all the right things.  Obviously, Mitt has been looking at the polls and seeing that people are afraid he’s too soft to take it to Obama when the time comes.  But while he was purposeful and calculated in his remarks, Romney wasn’t engaging.  He was wide open to attacks on his governing record and flip-flopping but no opponents seemed up to the task.  It seemed inevitable that someone other than the moderator would make hay out of his disappearance during the debt ceiling battle, but no one took it up.  The result was a missed opportunity by at least 3 or 4 candidates to take out their competition.  Without challenges, a mediocre performance on Mitt’s part looked strong.

Last night’s debate was rather weak.  The field seemed unsure of how hard to attack and how much to preen.  The moderators offered weak questions and topics.  At times the most exciting thing about the debate was the audience.  They, at least, seemed engaged and excited.  It’s still early, but these candidates seem to need a bit more fire under them.  With Rick Perry now in the mix and Sarah Palin lurking around the edges in her tour bus that surely comes equipped with its own ‘Jaws’ theme music, it’s going to be a tighter race than ever.

DNC Escalates Mediscare Tactics in Rant on .. Huntsman?

Democrats Use Medicare Fear TacticsJon Hunstman is so far in the back of the GOP pack that by now he must be reaching the acceptance phase of the death of his campaign. That did not stop the Democratic National Committee from attacking him and the well-thought Cut, Cap and Balance plan at the same time.

A DNC press release entitled: “Give It to Us Straight, Mr. Huntsman: Do You Support Cut, Cap and Kill Medicare?” the DNC pulls out the Mediscare ghost to go after a political also-ran. Jon Huntsman has no chance of winning the primaries, but the DNC can’t resist an opportunity to frighten the retired and baby boomers into voting against any Republican.

Maybe by attacking a no-name like Mr. Huntsman, they felt that no one would test their claim. Cut, Cap and Balance has not one .. not two, but THREE clauses that exempt Medicare from spending cuts. Of course, we hear no Republicans pushing back. Why? Democrats have successfully pushed CCB into being nothing more than background noise in the current debate and the proponents of CCB, like Jim Jordan, just don’t seem to know how to defend their own plans.

 

Jon Huntsman, Jr.: 2012 Presidential Profile

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. was born on March 26, 1960 in Palo Alto, California to Karen and Jon Huntsman, Sr., the philanthropist and billionaire businessman who founded the Huntsman Corporation. He grew up in Utah, and is a seventh-generation Utahan. He is one of nine children.

His grandfather was David B. Haight, an apostle with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), and his great-great grandfather was Parley P. Pratt, the early LDS Church leader. He is also a third cousin, once-removed of Mitt Romney.


Family
John Huntsman, Jr. is married to Mary Kaye and they have seven children- 5 are biological children, and 2 are adopted. They currently live in Washington, D.C.

Religious Affiliation
Mr. Huntsman is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Served as a missionary in Taiwan after graduating from college

Education
Dropped out of high school
Later received his GED
Attended University of Utah
Graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in International Politics
Has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees

Foreign Languages
Fluent in Standard Mandarin Chinese
Fluent in Taiwanese Hokkien (Minnan)

Personal Activities
Avid Keyboardist- has played with the bands Dream Theater and REO Speedwagon (not as a career)
Motocross fan

Professional Career
Musician- After dropping out of high school he was the keyboardist for the rock band Wizard
Executive for Huntsman Corporation
Executive for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation
CEO of Huntsman Family Holding Company

Civic Organizations
Utah Opera
EnVision Utah
The Coalition for Utah’s Future
KSL-TV’s Family Now campaign

Political Affiliation
Republican

Political Career
Reagan Administration- White House staff assistant
George H.W. Bush Administration- Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce
George H.W. Bush Administration- United States Ambassador to Singapore
George H.W. Bush Administration- Deputy United States Trade Representative
2005 to 2009- Governor of Utah- after serving his his first term he ran for re-election where he won with 77.7% of the votes
2009- Appointed by President Barack Obama as United States Ambassador to China
Resigned his appointment as Ambassador to China, effective April 30, 2011
A potential candidate for President in 2012- the speculation for his potential run for office was fueled when he resigned his appointment as Ambassador to China

Political Accomplishments
The youngest United States Ambassador to serve in over 100 years
Had a very high approval rating while in office as Governor of Utah. He was known to hit 90% approval ratings more than once. When he left office his approval rating was more than 80%.
Utah was named the best managed state by the Pew Center of States under Governor Huntsman.
2008- Delivered a nominating speech for Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention

Political Organizations
Board Member- Asia Society in New York
Member- Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board
Board Member- Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum
Board Member- National Bureau of Asian Research
Founding Director- Pacific Council on International Policy
Former Branch Director- San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Board
Member, Board of Trustees- University of Pennsylvania
Advisory Board Member- University of Utah School of Business
Former Vice Chair- Coalition for Utah’s Future
Former Chair- Envision Utah
Former Board Member- Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Former Chair- KSL’s Family Now Campaign
Former Chair- Utah Opera
Former Chair/Vice Chair- Western Governors Association
Former Executive Committee Member- National Governors Association
Former Member- Natural Resources Committee- National Governors Association
Former Member- International Advisory Council, Singapore Economic Development Board

Significant Hurdles
Statistician Nate Silver says,

” Huntsman faces some significant hurdles – his name recognition is not terribly high outside Washington and his home state, and if he cannot begin to concentrate on his campaign until May, he may not be able to put together a strong campaign team or raise enough money. Also, his having served in Barack Obama’s administration could make his positioning awkward on a number of levels.”

Mr. Silver’s stated first hurdle for Mr. Huntsman is one of the main categories, I believe. I, myself, fall into that group.

When I first heard that “Jon Huntsman was considering a run for the Presidency” I initially got very excited. I wondered about a couple of things- namely, his age. It was my impression that it was the senior Mr. Jon Huntsman that was considering putting his hat into the ring for President. I admire Jon Huntsman, Sr. becoming the self-made man that he is.

It wasn’t until later that I realize it was his son.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I began preparing for this article that I found out anything more about him. He is definitely not what I would call one of the “front runners” in this potential race he is supposedly considering.

Though he had a considerably high approval rating as governor of Utah, he does not seem to have the “oomph” that is required to be President of the United States. The “oomph” right now would be name recognition above anything else.

There are still other candidates that do not yet have as much name recognition as others, but to be one of the top rumored possibilities as a candidate and not be a household name could definitely be a hurdle.

On  The Issues
Fiscal Conservative
A combination of Conservative/Centrist/Liberal on social issues

Civil Rights- Supports gay civil unions 
Education– Supports School Choice and believes competition is healthy in school
Energy– Supports alternative sources for energy and efficiency
Environment– As Governor of Utah, he signed up with the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, “which is nothing more than a regional cap-and-trade system
Free Trade– Supports free trade
Israel- Strong supporter of Israel
Tax Reform– Supports reforming the tax system to be more business friendly

As a colleague of mine stated in a previous article on Jon Huntsman, Jr.,  Mr. Huntsman seems to have “forgotten conservatism.” There are a few issues that stand out positively for Mr. Huntsman, but overall I would personally classify him as a RINO.

Wanted: Donors
According to a May 31 Washington Post article, Mr. Huntsman kicked of a fund-raising trip last week in California. I find it quite intriguing that Mr. Huntsman chose California, of all places, to start his fundraising. California is the polar opposite of the definition of conservatism and the exact definition of liberalism. I know that there are many conservatives in California. But if Mr. Huntsman is serious about being a true Conservative candidate, he does not have a lot going for him.

For all my excitement of thinking that it was Jon Huntsman, Sr. that was possibly running for office, there is just as equally the same amount of dread at the possibility of his son running. Mr. Huntsman appears to be lacking quite a lot that his father embodies- all of which are factors I am searching for as my President.

He Thinks Obama Is A “Remarkable Leader”
In an article by Holly Bailey, it appears as though Mr. Huntsman has absolutely no problem at all with our current leadership. In fact, he is so pleased with the way things are going that he sent a note to President Obama in August of 2009. An excerpt from that note says:

“You are a remarkable leader. It has been a great honor getting to know you.”

As you can see, I underlined the word “remarkable”. That is because Mr. Huntsman also underlined the word “remarkable” for emphasis. So it does not seem as though it was an obligatory act of kindness, but rather a heartfelt, genuine note of appreciation.

If nothing else set my radar off on Mr. Huntsman ability to be President of the United States this one thing alone would!

And my next question is… if he thinks Mr. Obama is doing such a “remarkable” job, why is he running against him?

On
The Web
Jon Huntsman, Jr. Official Campaign Website

Jon Huntsman, Jr. on Facebook

In The News
June 21, 2011: Jon Huntsman, Jr. made his official announcement that he was running for President.

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Yahoo News Article
OnTheIssues.org
VoteSmart.org
Washington Post

 

 

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GOP Presidental Contenders: It’s the Marketing, Stupid!

When Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 he raised himself up from the bed of the wagon he was riding in and, weakened by a bad case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, stared out at the desolate landscape before him. He then uttered those famous words “This is the Place,” settling once and for all the question of where the Mormons would settle.

Heber C. Kimball, Brigham Young, and Wilford Woodruff statues at the This Is The Place monument in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The joke goes that historians got the words right but that they failed to accurately record Young’s inflection of those words. Supposedly what Young actually said while gazing upon the bleak wilderness stretching out beneath his viewpoint at the mouth of Emigration Canyon was really “THIS is the place?”  We can certainly commiserate with how Young felt as we stare at the field of GOP candidates for the presidential race in 2012. THESE are the candidates? Yup, these are the candidates. And they represent a pretty bleak field from which to choose a challenger to the Communist-In-Chief.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole won the Republication nomination for President of the United States in 1996. Dole has all the charisma of a desiccated turnip at a freeze-drying festival. He should have changed his name to Bob “Dull.” Dull never quite figured out that presidential politics is all about marketing. And he was the presidential equivalent of a can of Spam® while his opponent, Mister Charisma himself, Bill Clinton, was spiral-sliced and glazed to perfection. Substance didn’t matter. Marketing and style were the name of the game and Dull was just that – Dull. The presidential election wasn’t even close as Clinton rode the triangulation wave to victory. Any political analyst worth his salt could see the Dull disaster coming at conservatives like a runaway freight train the moment it became clear that Dull was going to be the GOP nominee. So why didn’t Dull see the same thing that everyone else saw regarding his chances to win the presidency? It is really quite simple. Dull’s ego, vanity, and obsession with the acquisition of power clouded his judgment and assessment of his own foibles. He cared more about himself and winning the GOP nomination than he did about his country. Dull couldn’t win. He didn’t stand a chance. Everybody knew it but Dull. And, unfortunately, it appears we have come full circle. The leading GOP challengers to Barack Obama possess personalities and shortcomings that are reminiscent of the days of Bob Dull. Isn’t there viable candidate out there that “gets it?” Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Jon Huntsman Jr.

“Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I’d still have to bum rides off people.” – Ferris Bueller

RINOism thy name art Jon Huntsman. Huntsman is the son of billionaire Jon M. Huntsman. The elder Huntsman once authored a book titled “Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten).” Sorry to tell you this, Jon Sr., but your son, Jon Jr. has managed to forget.

Jon Huntsman Jr.

What did Jon Huntsman, Jr. forget, you ask? Simple, he forgot conservatism. Huntsman has mastered the art of pandering to his inner liberal. He maintains a sterling record in fiscal matters but has a nasty habit of straying from conservative principles. For example Jennifer Rubin, a conservative columnist with the Washington Post, once stated her opinion that “Huntsman isn’t, and never has been, a rock-solid conservative.” Ed Kilgore of the New Republic said that Huntsman holds “progressive stances on climate change, immigration, civil unions for gay couples, and education.” And let us not forget Huntsman’s warm embrace of Obama’s stimulus debacle. Huntsman publicly supports gay civil unions. And Huntsman, while Governor of Utah, signed up with the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, which is nothing more than a regional cap-and-trade system.

When it comes to personality Huntsman takes the cake. He is nothing but an opportunist and the public has him pegged. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Huntsman makes it obvious by his demeanor that he is an opportunistic elitist. He had no qualms about abandoning his job as Governor of Utah when the opportunity arose to become U.S. Ambassador to China under the Obama Administration. He obviously figured that he would use Obama just like Obama was using him. Huntsman didn’t shirk at all from being tainted as a conservative traitor by joining the Obama Administration. Well, now he has to live with it. Huntsman used the ambassadorship to polish his foreign policy credentials – something he clearly lacked and just as clearly needed if he was going to run for president.

Like Obama, Huntsman couldn’t buy a clue even if Vanna White beat him over the head with it. If Huntsman does indeed declare himself a presidential candidate he will stake out the RINO territory and screw the conservatives in the GOP. Next thing you know he’ll be telling the conservative wing of the GOP “Don’t worry, I’ll use a condom.” Like Arlen Specter, Huntsman has the tendency to proclaim himself a Republican as long as it suits his purposes. His pandering to liberalism betrays that claim. The last thing conservatives need as a nominee is Al Gore Lite. He may be less filling but he still doesn’t taste great.

Mitt Romney

“Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.” – Grace

Romney doesn’t have to cultivate an image of being a righteous dude…He IS a righteous dude.

Mitt Romney

He also is a standoffish, Harvard elitist that craves the presidency more than life itself. He has spent the past couple of years laying low and quietly putting his team back together. He evidently has also spent some time with an image consultant. Notice how he now dresses down (for a Harvard guy) with open shirt collars? But his problem is the same as Huntsman’s. How do you make an über rich elitist popular with the working class? Show him shopping at Wal-Mart? Check! Hobnobbing with the vast unwashed masses while sporting a new pair of skinny jeans straight off the rack at the Gap? Check! Check! Prowling around the NASCAR pits at Daytona? Check! Check! Check!

The problem is that this newfound populist image is just marketing fluff and we all remember how it turned out for Bob Dull. In other words, Romney’s carefully and professionally crafted image is fake. It isn’t the real Mitt Romney. And fake doesn’t cut it. As the garage attendant said to Cameron, “You guys got nothing to worry about, I am a professional.” To which Cameron replied, “A professional what?” Bingo! That’s Romney’s problem in a nutshell. He is a professional, but what kind of a professional is he?

A lament heard across this conservative land is a cry for real statesmen, not for more politicians. Where are the true leaders of America? Poland got a gem in Lech Walesa. Why can’t America produce someone like that? England had Winston Churchill and we got Barry Soetero. Obama happens. Nancy Pelosi should never have happened. Barney’s Frank used to happen. Joe Biden never happened. And Mitt Romney never will happen. Romney’s magical mystery tour is over. He’s well-known. He’s got RomneyCare hanging over his head. His conservative credentials are suspect because of RomneyCare.

Martin Luther King once said “I have a dream.” Mitt Romney wouldn’t be far off the mark if he were to retort “I have a scheme.” Romney may very well pull off a masterpiece in winning the GOP nomination. But Romney’s natural stiffness and standoffishness isn’t going to contrast well with the well-preened charisma of Captain Kickass. Romney would be in the fight of his life against Obama. And I don’t like his chances in that kind of a fight. There is one Republican that could out-charisma Obama, and it ain’t Romney!

Sarah Palin

Palin is a double-edged sword. The merciless attacks from the left have achieved their purpose, but at a cost. Palin is now hated by many independents who haven’t stopped to think for themselves but have mindlessly input the Palin hate into their brains.

Sarah Palin

And that’s a problem because the independents represent the great center of American politics. How the independents vote decides elections. On the other hand those widespread attacks have given Palin name-recognition that the other candidates can only dream about. The personal attacks have solidified the support for Palin within the conservative wing of the GOP. The left has done the marketing job for Palin. You either love her or hate her. Will she run? It depends on what her internal polls are telling her. If she still has what she considers to be a large enough percentage of the independents on her side it is a good bet she will get into the race.

Palin would represent a formidable challenge to Obama. Obama faces his own marketing challenge if he criticizes her directly. You don’t attack women in American society. It is a taboo. So what would Obama do? Simple, he would use his vast network of surrogates to attack her – all the while appearing to be above the fray. Compounding Obama’s problem in facing Palin is that Palin doesn’t lay down and take hits without firing salvos right back at her attackers. Just ask David Letterman about that side of Sarah Palin.

Palin possesses both the charisma and the intellect to flay Obama alive in a debate. Expect Obama to minimize debates with Palin if it indeed comes down to a general election fight between these two. It would be an interesting battle between Obama and Palin. Think the media juggernaut that is socialist/progressive politics versus Palin’s Facebook account. Wow!

Newt Gingrich

Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond. – Ferris Bueller

Oh, Newt! Your potential is so great and your squandering of your conservative credentials is even greater. I mean, you supported Dede Scozzafava? You sure squandered your legacy by supporting an unabashed liberal with close ties to both organized labor and ACORN.

What is so sad about the Gingrich situation is that he has the charisma and quick intellect that could literally crush Obama in a debate. But Gingrich has some serious personal image problems to deal with. He got scozzafaved. Kind of like getting Jimmered in basketball this year.

Tim Pawlenty

[singing] When Cameron was in Egypt’s land…let my Cameron go!” – Cameron

If you are yearning for a Jewish Evangelical Christian lawyer who was raised as a Roman Catholic then Tim Pawlenty is your man. It must be rather confusing in the Pawlenty household at Christmas time but at least we aren’t left holding his stocking. There is nothing really wrong with Pawlenty. He is a conservative who brought some sense back to Minnesota in the wake left by Jesse Ventura.

The downside to Pawlenty is the same old familiar refrain. It’s all about the marketing, stupid! I mean, really…who, outside of Minnesota, has really ever even heard of Pawlenty? That’s right, he’s a nobody! Think Bob Dull redux. Can he win the nomination? Certainly. Can he beat Obama in the general election? Not a chance.

Chris Christie

“Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.” – Cameron

Christie has charisma dripping out of every pore in his body. He is blessed with a wickedly pointed and sarcastic wit that could drive Obama nuts. Imagine Christie and Obama in a debate. Who wins? Yup, Christie would wipe the floor with Obama’s overgrown ears. Obama would talk his usual nonsense and Christie would slap him upside the head. Who needs primetime TV when you’ve got Christie cutting Obama down to size? I see a pattern forming…Eric the Great. Ivan the Terrible. Obama the Failure.
The only problem is that Christie has taken himself out of the race, declaring that he is not ready to be president.

Governor Chris Christie

Christie shot himself in the foot with that comment. Now if he decides to run the Obama campaign machine will go into high gear and we will be deluged with campaign ads in which we would endlessly hear Christie declare himself to be unprepared for the job of president. What a shame. Can Christie be rehabilitated? Certainly, but it is going to take a lot of public relations work to straighten out the mess Christie created with that comment.

Conclusion

“I did not achieve this position in life by having some snot-nosed punk leave my cheese out in the wind.” – Ed Rooney

Okay, I’m not feeling so dismal about the GOP field of potential presidential candidates as I was when I wrote the lead paragraph. Both Palin and Christie would be fun to watch going up against the Obama machine. Romney may be a stiff-necked elitist but at least he could match Obama dollar for dollar, as could Huntsman. Gingrich’s sharp tongue would be going full blast at Obama’s expense. I know I’ve left out several other potential GOP candidates such as Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, Haley Barbour, and Mitch Daniels. But I don’t think any of those men stand much of a chance of winning the nomination. Ron Paul has been typecast by the left as a loon. Huckabee would find himself in a fight with an energized Mitt Romney who has financial resources at his disposal that would leave Huckabee in the dust. Daniels and Barbour just don’t seem to have the name recognition to make a serious run at the GOP nomination. Remember, it is all about marketing. Just ask Bob Dull.

My problem is what it has always been. I look at the potential candidates and think to myself “Are these the best leaders our country can produce?” And my answer is always the same – No! For example, I think Jon Huntsman, Jr. is an opportunistic free-loading elitist who has leveraged his family fame and wealth into a political career. What would he have ever achieved without his daddy’s name and pocketbook? Yup. Nothing. He is a product of his bank account and his lineage. In fact, if it was his father who was running instead of him, I would be on the Huntsman bandwagon. Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of America’s greatest men. He is vastly superior to his son. Jon Huntsman Sr. is a self-made man. Jon Huntsman Jr. is nothing more than a carnival huckster out to make you believe he is something special. I’m not buying Huntsman and neither should you.

Romney is more of a mystery to me. I get the feeling that he is much more conservative than Jon Huntsman Jr. But I still have a niggling doubt about Romney concerning his commitment to socially conservative positions on the issues of the day. Romney has flip-flopped in the past – most notably concerning his position on abortion. I prefer a leader who stands firm on principle – bless you, Ronald Reagan! I despise politicians who shift with the political winds, ever seeking safe ideological harbors in the face of the moral storms that buffet our nation. I’m not convinced Romney would stand firm on the conservative side of major issues. Why? Because I’m not convinced that Romney deeply believes in his heart that conservatism is the rock upon which his principles are anchored. Romney flip-flops and that does not impress me.

Palin leaves me in no doubt that she is a conservative. But she has been ripped a new one by the MSM. Has the smear campaign run by the leftists ruined her chances in the Republican primary race? Possibly, but we will never know for sure unless she tosses her hat into the ring. Regardless, the constant attacks on Palin seem to point to the fact that the left is genuinely afraid of her. You sure don’t see Haley Barbour getting the same treatment. The left has perceived a rising star in Palin and has set out to destroy her. I’d support Palin whole-heartedly if I thought she could win. I’m still undecided.

Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich don’t have much chance of winning in my book. Pawlenty doesn’t have the name recognition or the charisma to captivate the nation. Gingrich has squandered his good name at the altar of Dede Scozzafava. What an error! What was he thinking?

So I am left with Chris Christie. The Governor of New Jersey would be a formidable opponent to Obama. I think Christie could win it all. But he has laid down the law that he isn’t running. Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller?

So all I can conclude at this point in time is that we are going to have to wait a bit longer for a real leader to emerge. Hopefully, it will be one of those named above. But if it is a stealth candidate who rises up like the Phoenix from the ashes of those who have been ordained the front-runners then so much the better. But whomever it is, they better remain faithful to conservatism. Appeasement doesn’t work. Moving to the center doesn’t work. RINOism is a losing strategy. We need a president that stands for truth. We need a president who champions fiscal discipline. We need a president with a backbone. Who is it going to be? I don’t know and I don’t care. The name is irrelevant to me. What matters is conservatism.

Right now we have a president who walks softly and carries a wet noodle. We’ve learned from Obama that voting “Present” means never having to say you are sorry. So this is what leadership from a Nobel Peace Prize winner looks like? Crime is merely liberal politics without the excuses. Obama has no excuses left. He is a miserable failure.

Let’s hope a conservative candidate emerges that captivates America and sweeps the filth that is the Obama Administration far out to sea. Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

 

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