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    We are heading for a “not” nominee

    We are heading for a “not” nominee

    Looking at the Republican field, it’s hard to get very excited.

    There is no one in the field who is more than “not Obama.”  Some are not “not Obama” more than others, but I’m not seeing someone to rally around.

    Having it all may not be in the cards this year.

    And the “conservative” media is no better.  What a sad joke that Erick Erickson and Tucker Carlson even are included on the list of cable TV-appointed spokespeople for conservatives.

    That’s what happens when conservative is defined as “not” something, as in, not Keith Olbermann, not Wolf Blitzer, etc.

    We are heading for a “not” nominee.

    I have to wonder if being “not Obama” will be enough.


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    StephenMonteith | October 2, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Okay, professor, now you’re just building your own narrative for the race. I can accept if you want to be part of the Anyone But Romney crowd, but pretending that he himself is simply another anti-incumbent is completely disingenuous. Here is a man who should have been nominated and elected four years ago, who actually could have averted the financial crisis in which we find ourselves, and who stands the best chance (yes, even greater than Rick Perry, Herman Cain, or Chris Christie) of restoring the economy. I’m not going to address whether or not the other candidates have their own identities in this race, because I’m sure their supporters can and will defend them; but I cannot believe I actually need to make the case for Mitt Romney as a candidate with an identity that exists independent of Barack Obama. You should know better.

      StephenMonteith in reply to StephenMonteith. | October 2, 2011 at 12:55 am

      Here are some reasons to be “excited” about Mitt Romney, as if they needed to be repeated:

      – His authorship of “RomneyCare” makes him the perfect president to repeal and replace ObamaCare. His waivers will keep the states (and the country) from going bankrupt while he works with Congress on a healthcare and insurance reform bill that actually has a chance of succeeding. For the first time, we could have a president put forward a plan for market-based, patient-oriented healthcare reforms that won’t have doctors threatening to close down their practices en masse. He’s been on record since 2006 as saying that he would never put mandates in place as president, so we can trust him when he says he’ll replace ObamaCare with the most conservative plan that has a chance of passing.

      – He’s an actual hardliner on China. The only other (potential) presidential candidate who made clear this time around that he recognized the threat China poses to us, financially and militarily, was Donald Trump. All Romney needs is an ambassador or Secretary of State who can play “good cop” while President Romney carries the big stick.

      – The economy, the economy, the economy. Should I say it a few more times? Governor Perry created jobs in Texas by poaching them from California (and his state still needed money from Washington to cover his budget shortfalls in recent years). Romney, on the other hand, specializes in turning around failing economies and enterprises, most notably the 2002 Winter Olympics (which he accomplished in just a few months). He laid off a bunch of people while at Bain? Great. He can do the same thing to the federal government, get rid of all the thousands of redundant agencies, programs, and employees. Get him to Washington before there’s no economy left to turn around.

    On the Romney VP issue, the questioner limited the choices to those on the stage, and Cain made the point that it was just a game, which mitigates that somewhat.

    As for a ‘not’ nominee, that’s pretty much all we could expect. The good candidates aren’t ready yet; guys like Rubio and Jindal all need time to build up the experience and abilities that might make them good presidential candidates in the future. So, what we need this election is someone who can keep the ship together until we have a new crop of good candidates to choose from. And until the Tea Party has a lot more people in Congress, of course.

    At this point, I need to do a lot of reading about Perry and Cain, who are my two favorites. With Perry, allowing the children of illegals in-state tuition for the same reasons out of state citizens would get it isn’t a big deal for me. Those kids didn’t choose to come here and we shouldn’t make their lives harder than they need to be. But Perry’s got to stop bumbling around in the debates.

    Either way, I’ll vote for the guy who is less statist and who I think will be competent.

    Checking in on she who lives rent free in so many minds.

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