The weakest GOP field ever

Barack Obama has greatly disappointed me. I’ve made that clear here 1,000 times over, and it’s as true today as ever before. In regard to the debt ceiling, he’s going to cave again. In regard to the economy, he has done little to strike at the heart of corporate greed. Truth be told, I’m not even sure why Republicans loathe the guy so much—he hasn’t touched taxes, and he’s about as conservative as Bush.

All that being said …

I look at the Republican field of potential candidates and think … really? This is the best you’ve got?

My quick breakdown:

NOT REAL THREATS:

Newt Gingrich: Has no money and nobody actually seems to like him. I can’t figure out why he’s here, save for ego. Weird.

Tim Pawlenty: He should be a real threat. He looks like a real threat, has the background of a real threat. But he’s banking on Iowa, and, well, this is gonna be ugly. Just a very bad, uninspiring campaigner. And, come day’s end, an election is big part beauty contest.

Thaddeus McCotter: Michigan congressman knocks on 100 U.S. doors. How many people know who he is? I’d say … zero.

Charles Roemer III: Once was the governor of Louisiana. Which is sorta like owning a Jiffy Lube.

Herman Cain: He’s African-American. Enough said.

VERY UNLIKELY

Ron Paul: He says many things that make much sense—and many other things that make so sense whatsoever. In other words, he’s the GOP mirror image of Dennis Kucinich.

Rick Santorum: I would donate a foot to have Santorum as the GOP candidate. He’s so pathetic, so weak, so uninspiring—just a dweeb in a suit. Loves Jesus, dislikes gays, thinks we need to return to the 1950s, when bread was a nickel a load.

THE HEADLINERS

John Huntsman: The former Utah governor is a moderate, (relatively) level-headed Republican who actually served as Obama’s ambassador to China. He’s the only person here I’d even consider maybe possibly voting for. But while he’s extremely electible, he’s off the Tea Party radar.

Mitt Romney: If one calls himself the frontrunner enough, he’s the frontrunner. Romney has business and government experience, and he’s handsome, but, man, something’s way off. He’s extremely polished, but flip flops on everything. I know we say this about all politicians, but here it’s true. A general election would be fugly for him, because the Dems would play the clips of him saying one thing and doing another over and over and over again. That said, his Who Let The Dogs Out moment was truly awesome.

Michele Bachman: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but right now this crazy mofo is the frontrunner. She’s arch conservative and three scoops past crazy. But the Tea Party loves her, and she’s not afraid to mix it up. On the bright side, it’d be a most entertaining election. On the down side, dear God—she might win. Because she’s atractive. And, as Palin Mania proved, we vote for cuties.

Rick Perry: The Texas governor talks big, walks with a strut and wears a six-gallon hat. Remind you of anyone? Also once said Texas should consider leaving the nation. A dangerous politician, but severely flawed.
THE PREDICTION:

If I’m a betting man, I say it’ll be Romney, with Perry as his VP …

 

5 thoughts on “The weakest GOP field ever”

  1. Why do you attempt to write about politics Jeff? Everything you wrote has already been reported on every other political site almost verbatim of what you wrote.

    Although you wrote that Obama has disappointed you, you’re still gonna vote for him anyway?
    Unfortunately, you have to compromise when you LOSE your House majority. This is a right of center country and the 2010 elections made that clear to EVERYONE including the president. No liberal agenda has a shot of getting through the People’s house.
    Bush was able to get conservative policies through a conservative house WITH Dem votes. Obama barley got liberal policies through a liberal house and got NO republican votes and even dems voted against his policies. He LOST the liberal house and his administration is toast because now even liberals see him for what he really is.

  2. I’d move Cain up.
    I’m not so sure the Republicans are all that hung up on color. He would be their – “I voted for one of them” people. His big problem is his “no Muslims in my cabinet” statement.
    He has a paranoid fear of Sharia law.
    The biggest GOP hurdle is Global warming.
    The GOP is willing to destroy this world for money.
    Some candidates, such as Huntsman, think global warming is a real threat but are forced to not agree with it because of the GOP position.
    Sadly Global warming will cost us more money than our wars in lost crops, storm damage, and eventually coastal flooding.
    I am disgusted with Obama, but more disgusted with the GOP choices.

  3. Bobby, although you could say the most recent election means this is a right-of-center country, I’d say you’re given the voting population too much credit for having a consistent world view. It’s largely a kneejerk country, I’d say, as we’ll see the next time the pendulum swings wildly back in the other direction.

  4. The only people who are disappointed in Obama are the ones who didn’t actually think about who they were voting for.

    He was never a fire-breathing progressive liberal. Never has been. Never will be. He’s always taken the professorial, get things done approach.

    It’s been embarrassing, watching supposedly smart liberals bitch and moan about Obama’s hands-off approach to gay marriage.

    Do they not realize that Republicans in New York voted for gay marriage rights? Do they not realize that if Obama had come out for it, those Republicans would have run like scalded dogs away from that vote?

    Sometimes, you don’t lead by shouting.

    Something that is lost on too many liberals who expected Obama to be a mixture of Dumbledore and Jesus.

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