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    Dazed and confused, except …

    Dazed and confused, except …

    A friend writes:

    I’m sure you’ve been following Romney’s latest flip-flop, in which he supported Kasich’s anti-union initiative in June but today traveled to Ohio and claimed he wasn’t familiar with the referendum.  It’s just too much.  The guy disgusts me, and frankly I just don’t know where to turn in this field.  Thinking of moving to Perry. Sure, he’s an idiot.  But he might actually believe in something.

    Actually, I was not aware of it because I was traveling, but I now see that Jim Geraghty has a good round-up.  I don’t react as negatively, perhaps because my expectations are so much lower.

    I could make a case for four of the candidates, but each has a downside.  Go with my heart (Cain, Newt) or with my head (Romney, Perry)?  (added)  I don’t share the view that Perry is an idiot, and Romney doesn’t “disgust” me, but neither gets me motivated the way the two less likely candidates do.

    I’m hesitant to jump on the downsides because while I’m dazed and confused as to the Republican field, I’m quite clear that Obama must be defeated.  I’m just not sure how.

    Update: Romney rushes to clarify his comments on union bargaining legislation.


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    I find following primaries too depressing in general.

    “Sure, he’s an idiot.”

    Does the level of unthinking negativity about everyone strike anyone else as 1) odd; 2) counter-productive?

    It rather seems to me that most anyone who expresses an opinion of anyone they are not completely ga-ga over almost reflexively says they are “an idiot”, a “socialist”, a “RINO”, an “insert-invective-of-choice.”

    Yes, they do come up with reasons sometimes, often rather uninformed, but the reasons tend to seem like window dressing (for either being ga-ga or the opposite). it’s only the feeling that matters.

    I bring this up because this classic CA Liberal behavior — I’ve been living around it for years. Faux ennui is “kewl” so you are obliged to off-handedly despise everything — “sure, he’s an idiot but…” or get all dewy-eyed and gush that fill-in-the-blank is the absoluteyest bestest thingie evah! No middle ground allowed.

    So tell me: has CA really infected the whole country to such a degree? Or is there another reason for this behavior?

    I’m quite curious, as I don’t get out much…

    Milwaukee | October 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Loads of idiots. But, idiot that I am, I do need to follow the primaries as I might have a chance to throw a big Whooppeee $25 to somebody who might make a difference.

    Does a candidate ever get the change their mind? I would say once. Claim the previous position as “youthful indiscretion”. Sincerity in a new position is then needed.

    Perry strikes me as a moderate who really wants to be thought of as a conservative. For example, he offers a “flat tax with a few deductions”. What? Flat means flat. Give an individual deduction, and that is that. Any other deduction allows for too much messing about. End the home mortgage deduction.

    If we are going to have, for example, a sales tax, put it on everything: food, clothes, medicine. Otherwise we argue about whether or not pizza is food. Is it food when it’s the in grocers freezer case? Why not when it is in the deliveryman’s pizza box? Are nachos food? (Yes!)

    RightKlik | October 26, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Romney supported the reforms before they became unpopular. This was worse than a flip-flop, it was defection.

    There’s no way to know which way Romney will go in the future unless you can predict which way the polls will swing.

    A vote for Romney is a vote for … what?

    Liberty | October 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I sure do hope Romney keeps his fingers clean, because I sure would hate to see him catch something other than flipflop-itis with the way he keeps licking his fingers to gauge the prevailing winds. This not a good quality in someone who aspires to lead a country.

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