n a conference call this morning, Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is “reassessing” whether to remain in the race. He will make his final decision “over the next several days.”
I’m just going to read this as he’s dropping out of the race and that’s the end of it. I must say, Scott Brown’s turn to the RINO saved me from losing money donating to Cain (didn’t help that Fred Thompson sank without a ripple in 2008).
Still at this point I’m looking at a line-up of RINOs, Anti-Freedom Big-Government Republicans, and Ron Paul who has some good ideas, but ZERO idea how to implement them…and some horrible ideas like his Foreign policy ideas.
This tells me the nation is simply not READY for things to get better. Thankfully our current President is anything but a tyrant. He’s a lay-about with little interest in Politics outside of getting his face on TV. He has drafted no laws since he took office, he’s simply a figurehead for the Democrats in power…who are losing power.
Couple that with what may happen if Gingrich, or Romney, or Perry take office. They may draft bills. Bills on the line of Assault Weapons Bans, Cap-and=Trade, or the Patriot Act. They may draft bills, and have partisan support for them.
Thanks, I’ll stick with Obama if that’s the choice you’re giving me. I’ll vote for him next November and hang my head in shame.
Maybe four more years will wake a few people up.
You don’t have to vote for Obama. There’s always a third party or a write in.
Though I suppose if you actively want Obama.
Though since you’re in Massachusetts the exercise is pretty academic. I don’t thing Romney would even have a chance at getting Mass over Obama.
I do think Perry’s better than Romney or Newt but that’s damning with faint praise.
I do have a big worry that the next republican president will have the urge to “do something” to “fix things” and will go hat in hand to the Democrats to get a bipartisan solution, any solution.
I agree that the US public and especially the Political and Media class is not willing to admit that there is a problem with the size and the expense of the government.
Between the US, China, and the EU, it’s gonna get wild.
It is academic as Massachusetts will go for President Obama in 2012. Still like the people who voted for Ron Paul in the past because they thought he was the best candidate (I disagree), I too will vote for who I want to win.
Sure if some awesome 3rd Party person steps forward I’ll vote for them…but I won’t vote for a proverbial Bob Barr, or Ralph Nader just because I find it less repugnant than voting directly for President Obama.
If any of the current viable GOP candidates are the Nominee I actually will WANT four more years of President Obama.
At a minimum, Obama + Republican-controlled-Congress = near-paralysis-of-government.
That’s an acceptable situation, as far as I’m concerned, if we can’t get a decent candidate at all.
That’s what I’m voting for.
If Romney gets the nod especially, I will as well.
You think Gingrich or Perry is in the least bit better?
At least Perry shoots coyotes in the face. That’s gotta count for something!
Ok that DOES count for something. I’m not sure if its enough.
You do raise an interesting point, and given that Cain likely won’t be on the Massachusetts primary ballot, and as much as I’m starting to regret my Republican Party of Massachusetts affiliation I do have a primary vote to cast. I’ll need to think who I’m going to cast my stone for…
Awww, no love for Gary Johnson? 😉 I hear he is moving to a third party
I see him as just another Dr. Paul. Seems like a REALLY good guy in the sound bytes…then he opens his mouth…
God help me, but I’m beginning to think that throwing off the rule of syphlitic, imbred, half crazed royality may just have been a mistake.
One look over at the UK you’ll see how wrong you were.
Actually, that has been caused by giving all the power to the British masses….especially the Labor gov’t. Socialism ALWAYS fails.
The empire was running pretty good even under Mad King George.
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” –John Quincy Adams
Maybe a little bit sentimental or naive, but like you said the other day… He-Man 2012!
And the Eternal Lesson the Stupid Party will always, always take away from this is “Not Liberal ENOUGH!” Even if the only time we get excited about a canidate is when we think, even if for a moment, that they just may be all about limited government and lower taxes.
Hell, 8 or so years from now we may look back on Obama as being pretty good compaired to what we’ll have then… you know,kind of like the way we feel about Bill Clinton right now. But who knows, in 8 years we may be under the hand of Lord Humongus, Defeater of the Wastelands…
Bah, give me Bartertown
Can we please just get beyond Thunderdome? 😛
Screw it. I’m writing in Sarah Palin.
“This tells me the nation is simply not READY for things to get better.”
You’re half right. The 43% that don’t pay anything to support the government are quite happy with big government giving them everything they need. The remaining 7% of that half are the liberal academics and media who love them some big government regulating or legislating everything they hate (or are jealous of) out of existence.
The half of us who ARE ready for things to get better don’t have a candidate simply because no one who’s worth a crap is willing to subject themselves and their families to the hell that they know the media will put them through if they come out as being even remotely plausible as a candidate.
So we end up with a bunch of candidates that are loons, democrats with an “R” after their name, or self-centered egomaniacs who think they are destined to rule the masses.
I think our best bet is to keep Obama in the white house, while at the same time getting the congress under firm Republican control. Granted, they won’t be able to fix any of our problems that way, but at least they won’t be able to keep exacerbating the damage if they can’t get anything done.
Really your 43/7 Numbers don’t really work out, as I had more-or-less made my transition to the “Conservative” side of the field long before I had made enough money to actually pay into the system in my tax returns less refunds.
I know many solid conservatives/Libertarians who are certainly in the lower middle-class and likely of that 43% who pay no taxes. (If I get your number citations correct)
But really what I’m talking about is that we have an unopposed lay-about President with zero work experience or job accomplishment vs. this band of clowns that are RINOS and Daddy-Staters.
No matter WHAT these people want, they aren’t ready for it.
“Maybe four more years will wake a few people up.”
Let’s see how long you can hold your breath… Ready?!
This is all very unsurprising, since, in the last century when the progressives suddenly decided we were a democracy, we’ve been accelerating the standard prognosis of 300 years existence to this point in time.
This is simply human nature, that the masses of the herd cannot see the slaughterhouse before them. I was talking to a “staunch Republican” relative the other day, who glorified the state’s smoking ban in private businesses, and insisted to me that, by God, he deserved his social security, because he paid in for so long. Obviously he has no idea about how social security works as a ponzi scheme, and he certainly can’t see the irony in complaining about the government butting into his business while championing its use in others’.
Almost seems better to call for even more government spending, help the system topple even faster, shoot as many looters as we can, and see if Phase Three = Profit.
Yep, my Wife’s family are all VERY liberal, and we have me, and a Cousin’s husband who are the token “Conservatives”….yet besides us talking about how fucked up Mass is, and what a scoundrel the lasted “public servant” to be walked out of the State House in leg irons, we don’t agree with much.
For him, Big Government, The Bush years, and stuff like the Patriot act are finest kind.
I can’t remember who he liked more, Newt or Mitt, but by George he’d vote for either one of them with zeal.
Sad isn’t it?
Very sad. But we didn’t get here in a day, and we won’t get back in a day either.
I know Teddy Roosevelt is a hero among many gun owners, and indeed his pro hunting pro gun stances are admirable, but if one looks at his political history they will see a modern day socialist democrat. This was back in the early 1900’s, and we’ve been “progressing” ever since.
It’s gonna take a lot of haranging, cajoling, heckling, and blogging until (if?) we get things back to where they belong. Now, you and I may disagree over the efficacy of a GOP president vs. Obama in 2012, but I think we can both agree that until people like both our relatives see things our way it really doesn’t matter who is in office.
I think I see a flaw in the idea of 4 more years of Obama being a wake up call.
1) Terminal lung cancer is a wake up that one needs to stop smoking……perhaps its better to stop smoking and, if one can’t break the habit, switch to chew. So, by that analogy…..maybe its worth it to pick an imperfect candidate.
2) For the GOP to give you a candidate that’s “more perfect” you have to assume that THAT candidate is willing to come forth.
3) For a wake up call, one has to assume that the general public is going to blame Obama instead of a GOP majority in Congress…remember the press will be pointing out that said Congress is stopping Obama from saving us. And to stop the bad press, the GOP WILL go along with Obama. If Obama hasn’t lost enough voters by now….4 more years won’t do it without total collapse of our system. There will be no gridlock.
4) Supreme Court nominees…..the Senate WILL NOT block a candidate.
5) The only way to get better candidates is get them into the system and have them win office and then hope they want to move up….Allen West…etc. And then again, we don’t know anything about West yet. And that system will take YEARS.
So…we are screwed. But there has NEVER been a perfect candidate. You pick your candidate in the primaries. That’s where you fight it out. Then you go to war with the Army you have. There are only two real teams.
But, if you absolutely cannot vote for a Republican, and believe me, if it’s Romney, I’m going to have to think long and hard about pulling the lever for him, don’t vote for the enemy. Just don’t vote.
Who would be a good candidate? Not just among the ones we have now? Who would you like to see up there? Is there a perfect candidate?
There is no perfect candidate. Period, full-stop. Even if I were to run for President I suspect every single one of you guys who read my blog every day would find all sorts of ideas to gripe about.
Honestly the only think I look for is somebody with their bow pointed in the right direction, and somebody who I agree with more than I disagree with, and overall has a plan to SHRINK government, and get their damn hands out of my pocket.
Ron Paul would be awesome (even with his loony foreign policy) IF he could demonstrate he could do ANY of it if elected. He has no idea, every Ron Paul plan is
1. Propose plan to eliminate X Government Agency and Cut Waste
2. Hand out Pink Slips.
What he proposes is a political version of the Iraq war. Throwing Saddam out of power and toppling the Republican Guard and what was left of the Iraqi Military was easy as pie….installing a functional government without appearing imperial, and without letting the outside usurpers take over was where all the soldiers got killed and all the treasure lost.
So I was behind Hermon Cain, not because he was a great candidate, or a great guy (before this Mistress shit came forward I suspected he was probably a bit of a cad how he was playing his hand) but he seemed to have some good ideas about shrinking government and cutting waste, and overall seemed to be friendly to individual Liberty.
He said a bunch of fucked-up shit, and was wishy-washy on a ton of issues….but he would have pushed the nation in the right direction, and maybe taught a few people that self-reliance and limited government isn’t as scary as Mommy and Daddy.gov told them it would be.
As for players in the wings, I can’t really tell, and wouldn’t want to speculate. I mean how many of us knew Rick Perry was a slack-jaw’d moron before he started stepping on his dick in the debates?
Also why bother? I have quite a shine for Condi Rice, and a “Condoleezza Rice 2008” Bumper sticker hanging on my wall. But for all my interests, she won’t ever run, so why bother speculating on how good or bad she’d be?
I’m not an idealist with stars in my eyes, I just want somebody who will hurt me LESS.
I see Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney as more of a threat to my way of life and my nation that Barack Obama. Doesn’t mean President Obama isn’t hostile, it just means he’s less of a threat.
While Obama has backed off (since the Republicans took control of the House and he burnt up all his good will with his supporters over the Obamacare travesty), that’s because he has to worry about getting re-elected. If he gets re-elected, he has nothing to lose by repeating what he did with Obamacare and cramming it down people’s throats no matter how much people protest it. He openly said that he’s for renewing and extended the AWB and making it PERMANENT and after he took it off the table when the Dem’s lost the House, he still said that he “thinks it’s a good idea”.
I agree that Republicans are lacking a good candidate. I’d say Ron Paul is the best of the bunch and while I don’t agree with him on everything, the few things I disagree with him on are things that would never get through congress anyways so it’s irrelevant. It’s been awhile since I’ve looked at his foreign policy agenda, but I doubt it could be worse than our current foreign policy for the last several decades of giving taxpayers’ money to half the world while flushing trillions down the toilet invading the other half of the world.