It is Sunday and therefore there must be another, “All of the GOP candidates suck,” blog ending up in my mailbox. This one came from the National Post, written by Conrad Black.
Not all four of the candidates suck, but let’s assume just for the sake of argument they are right, whose fault is it?
George Bush of course.
Actually it is not all Bush’s fault. Much of this blame also lies with the RNC and the Republican Party.
First, not all of the candidates suck. Ron Paul does because he is so crazy. Mitt Romney does because he is an unrepentant liberal. Romney tries to sell us on his “conservatism” with all of the credibility of a used car salesman whose previous job was being a Member of Congress.
All of those bloggers who lament about the four remaining Republican candidates and cry that there isn’t someone better all have the same talking points.
Why isn’t (fill in the blank) running. The names mentioned include Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and even Haley Barbour.
With the possible exception of Marco Rubio and maybe Paul Ryan, if any of these guys were running, we would be making the same complaints. Mitch Daniels has his own personal baggage. Non-conservative Jeb Bush has a bad last name and did I mention he is not a conservative? Chris Christie, the blow hard governor of New Jersey is not a conservative. Haley Barbour, the former Governor of Mississippi who thought it was a bright idea to pardon a bunch of convicted murderers as he went out the door of the Governor’s mansion.
Marco Rubio is a great conservative and a really sharp guy. The only baggage he carries is the issue of whether he qualifies as a natural born citizen. Paul Ryan is a good guy but he has the same problem Michele Bachmann had. No sitting member of the House of Representatives has been elected directly to the White House since 1880.
If you assume the Republican candidates are the bottom of the barrel, why aren’t there any great candidates out there? The simple answer is the Republican Party does not care enough to develop them.
Part of that is George W. Bush’s fault. The reason we had John McCain in 2008 was because the GOP establishment operates on the “it’s his turn” theory. McCain had a decent showing in the primaries in 2000, so it was his turn. The same is now true for Mitt Romney.
Bush did not select a Vice President who could run in eight years. Arguably Obama has not either but there is still time for Joe Biden to be replaced. Of course, given George W. Bush’s decision-making skills, we probably would have ended up with another RINO moderate.
The Republican Party does nothing to generate talent. It let’s people show up either who have a lot of money so they can self fund some of their activities (Mitt Romney) or they hang around long enough to be the next guy in line. (McCain and Romney)
If we conservatives are going to carry the day, we are going to have to be smarter than the RINOs. We must use the Precinct Committeeman Strategy at the local level to take over the Republican Party and then we must create structures to help spot good new conservative talent, develop that talent and help get those conservatives elected.
For almost fifty years there has been an ongoing battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Either we capture the Republican Party and make it conservative in the next two to four years or we are done. For conservatives, this means asking a lot. It means giving up time and money we use for other things. The question we all have to ask is how serious we are and how badly we want to see a true conservative party in this nation.
If we are not serious, we will live the words of Ronald Reagan and tell our grandchildren about how great America was when it was a powerful, prosperous and free nation.
The current president sucks for real from what I've read
Fascinating, Wayne Thomas!
Can you elaborate on the vacuum at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
You have such a way with words!
The "Republican Party" is firmly in the hands of the "establishment," i.e., NOT conservative, but as dedicated as Democrats to the idea that BIG government is the BIG answer to every BIG question.
If, as Judson states, conservatives have been battling for 50-years for the heart and soul of the GOP, without success, why should we expect our efforts over the next two-to-four years to be successful? That expectation just underscores the definition of "insanity."
What I suggest is, following the November elections, regardless of outcome, we establish the Tea Party as the genuine Third Political Party of the USA and build on our Conservative and Independent credentials. If we can avoid political cannibalism, I think the Tea Party [or TPP] could construct a majority party in less time than one might suspect!!!
We can also blame anyone who falls for the spin, talking points, negative ads, negative reporting, revisionist reporting....from the media, candidates, pundits. There are a lot of voters who base their final decision on such things. Another 'Post', the Washington Post does its best to feed the masses:
The Precinct Committeman Strategy is absolutely the answer...
... in 2016.
Unfortunately, the email from Conrad Black is absolutely correct, for 2012. We are stuck with a choice of RINO who claims to have found his way, an autocratic RINO with big ideas that he has no idea how to implement, a socially conservative RINO who hasn't even been all that socially conservative and a kooky Libertarian. Not exactly the power-house of conservatism that we should have expected, following the TEA Party Revolution.
But to make matters worse, the only candidate who might have overcome Romney has shot himself in the foot, by attacking Ron "Blame America First" Paul for colluding with Romney, after Paul denied any such collusion. Paul may be a few marbles short of a full bag, but the one virtue that he has always maintained is his honesty. For Santorum to attack Paul in that way, is absurd. People know that Paul is a lot like Jimmy Carter, in that although he's a fool, he's an honest fool. So the only other candidate in the race, who has a record that might be even remotely twisted to be considered moderate, has shot himself in the foot, by attacking a perennial also-ran, on that also-ran's strong suit. That's not the actions of someone who I would trust to run the most powerful nation on the planet.
Paul was never in, Newt has been out for some time and now Santorum is out. Bummer. At least, we can console ourselves with the fact that Romney has experience at turning around failing businesses. Not much consolation. But that's all we have.
If the baseball rule of three strikes and out may apply to politics, Newt has only two strikes. Do not count him out; he has come back before, and I believe he will again come Super Tuesday.
That scenario may be America's only chance for survival from the totalitarian Islamo-Marxist Caliphate of Barf Ovomit.
You are wrong.
Ron aul is an honest candidate? What planet do you live on? Ron Paul is the most dishonest, most disgusting, most deceitful candidate I have ever seen, and i say this as a longtime Texas resident who has voted Republican in every Presidential election since 1968 (the first election in which I was eligible to vote). Ron Paul lies, cheats, and manipulates people on a daily basis. And you call him honest?! People like you and Ron Paul should not even be allowed to use the word "honest".
And yes, Ron Paul HAS made a secret deal with Romney. It has already been reported in the press. Apparently, the conditions of the deal are that Paul will not attack Romney and will instruct his supporters to eventually vote for Romney in the general election, while Romney, should he win the nomination, will let Ron Paul speak at the convention and have influence over the GOP platform. Some media outlets also say that Romney will select Rand Paul as his running mate.
How you do like a politician? If he or she does their job with integrity. The integrity qualification shortens the list, since pols playing to lobbyists, or pandering to unions, or the race card, do not qualify.
So I liked Emily Kuric (she passed away) and I really like Virgil Goode (he got screwed out of his job by the Beltway Consortium). Buddy Roemer says it right as well.
The GOP candidates (including the ones who got tarred and feathered) each had good and bad qualities, but shared the common goal to dump Obama. That's a pretty good common cause.
So we're looking beyond the 2012 election? Is that supposing Obama is re-elected, or that mystery person 'Anyone But Obama' wins?
Many voters and politicians (like Virgil Goode) have found it necessary to change party affiliations more than once to keep up with the mood swings that occurred as each party chased the money.
Obama has it relatively easy to win, all he has to do is get the freeloaders to get on the bus, and vote for
'Free Meal Ticket', perhaps vote a few times just to be sure.
The phrase Politician of Integrity is an oxymoron.
Integrity absolutely disqualifies a person from political success. Here are a few glaring examples:
Gerrymandered out of her district and ignored for President because of her integrity!
Character assassinated because of her integrity!
Unelected for Congressbecause of her integrity!
Character assassinated Because of his integrity!
There are many more.
Here ! Here !, Sir, Thanks for those comments. The opposition wins a lot because fighting dirty is second nature to most of them, in my humble opinion.
IT IS TOO LATE!
The Republican Party would take a decade to reform. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!
We need a new constitutional party. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
What is going to happens is another RINO followed by a Democrat and then the the party is over for all of us!
I'm too old and too sick to run for precint chairman. I hope those who are not will. Certainly you can see what we've had to hold our noses and vote for over the years.