So this last weekend there was a straw poll in New Hampshire for Republican Candidates.Now this is in no way scientific (we can only hope) but it does show who the elites (read “morons who got us in the position we’re in”) are wanting to back for the GOP nomination.
Here are the highlights
Mitt Romney 39%
Ron Paul 11%
Tim Pawlenty 8%
Sarah Palin 7%
Michele Bachman 5%
Jim DeMint 5%
Herman Cain 4%
Chris Christie 3%
Rick Santorum 3%
Mitch Daniels 3%
Newt Gingrich 3%
Mike Huckabee 3%
Mike Pence 3%
Rudy Giuliani 2%
Now clearly the Republican Party has lost its mind if it thinks a bleeding heart Massachusetts liberal like Mitt Romney should be their candidate.However there are some other terrible choices in there.
Cain, Daniels, and Pence I don’t know enough about to have an informed opinion on.
Romney, Paul, Palin, DeMint, Santorum, or Huckabee would be the worst thing the GOP could do to the country since Gerry Ford (although to be fair, Ford was probably better than those six losers or McCain)
But the bad will have to wait until tomorrow.Today is about the good.
Giuliani, Bachman, Christie, Gingrich, and Pawlenty.
Each of these names I can live with.
Now I don’t agree with Gingrich on everything, and I’m not sure I’ve seen enough of Pawlenty to be sure of him—and of course Christie says he will not run.But these five have a clear vision of the priorities of America.Cutting the size of government, cutting spending, cutting federal power, building a capitalistic economy, and of course blowing up terrorists in the most cost efficient way possible.Each of these five want cut, cut, cut not with a pen knife but more with a knife like a thick butcher’s cleaver (probably a machete is really called for, but I’m willing to take baby steps on this one so long as I get actual movement toward eliminating the debt).And I have never heard anything from any of these five that would make me think they believe that appeasement of evil is ever a practical solution to the problem of tyranny.
With the exception of Bachman these five have experience in executive positions that is not a disgrace (like say running Massachusetts into massive debt…I wonder who helped do that?) For Giuliani keep in mind that being mayor of New York City probably takes more executive skill than being Governor for some states.And Gingrich engineered one of the largest party takeovers in history and kept his people in line quite well for a couple of years.Bachman also is beginning to demonstrate that kind of executive quality that Gingrich had in her role as the head of the Tea Party in the House.Further, what shows Bachman has the strength to be in this kind of executive position is that while she is not backing down (her own rebuttal to the joke that was the President’s State of the Union) she was not willing to drag her party down to satisfy her own ego (when she stepped aside and did not run for one of the House leadership position).
And most important, all five of these people have been rather detested in the press and their own part and stood their ground.Unlike the weak will of most Republicans they seem to not care about what pollsters and the press corps say, but rather base their judgments on minor things like facts, reason, and ethics.
I could go over these candidates more, but right now I’ll let them duke it out and praise the one who comes out on top.However, tomorrow let’s move onto the bad.The ones who unlike these five show no signs of intelligence or character or sanity (or all three).