published Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

2012 presidential race getting clearer

Who would be the best GOP candidate to run against President Obama?

The American people surely are in 100 percent agreement that we need to elect an exceptionally capable president next year. That will be possible, however, only if we field good candidates.

The entry of Texas Gov. Rick Perry into the Republican presidential field has shaken things up, with presumed front-runners Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann knowing they will have a fight on their hands -- not only against each other but against Perry. Then whoever wins the nomination will face an almost certainly bitter contest against President Barack Obama, whose policies have made him politically vulnerable but who will have the campaign cash to put up a fierce fight.

Our history as a nation shows that at times we have elected excellent presidents. But often, we have picked leaders who weren't up to the challenge or who did not have a grasp of fundamental principles.

Obama has his supporters, but his record doesn't indicate that he is the president we need for the four years beyond the next election. His dismal economic record, in particular, speaks for itself.

Meanwhile, the Republican field is coming into clearer focus.

Here are the most prominent GOP hopefuls:

* Bachmann is a fiscally and socially conservative U.S. representative from Minnesota. She has drawn a great deal of tea party support. Whether she can raise the funds to mount a successful primary and general election campaign is uncertain, however,

* Romney is a former governor of Massachusetts. He is generally conservative, though he is seen as somewhat more middle of the road than some other candidates. He finished second in the 2008 primaries to Republican nominee Sen. John McCain.

* Perry entered the race late, but he has nonetheless made waves. He is conservative and has the advantage of having led a state where job creation far outpaced the rate of job creation in the United States as a whole. His Democrat critics -- and perhaps some other Republicans -- will try to link him to the policies of former President George W. Bush, who was previously a Texas governor as well.

There are other candidates, of course, and it's too early to count them out entirely. Among them are:

* Herman Cain, a former Federal Reserve banker and a businessman from Georgia.

* Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, from Georgia.

* Jon Huntsman Jr., former U.S. ambassador to China and former governor of Utah.

* Ron Paul, U.S. representative from Texas.

* Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.

* Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apparently has not decided.

Whom do you like on this list, or do you prefer four more years of Obama? You'll be deciding soon.

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nucanuck said...

Perry created mostly government jobs, what's conservative about that? By applying the term "consevative" to many of these candidates might cause some to think conservative equals nut job.

After all of Obama's failings, he is still looking seven feet tall when compared to this field of mediocrity.

August 17, 2011 at 2:06 a.m.
EaTn said...

The second term election is when the primary crossover voters get their chance to help choose a weak opposition candidate, which could be any of the current candidate pool.

August 17, 2011 at 6:13 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Yeah nucanuck I guess mediocrity all looks the same. The place we are currently in the political sense has been a long time coming. It is obvious the leaders do not get it and also seems inevitable that only the coming economic earthquake will shake some into reality. But oh the desperation we are about to see take place. Saddest of all, it will then be too late and all efforts to really help futile. So let's just re-elect 7 feet tall of mediocrity. We surely have done it over and over again in Congress.

August 17, 2011 at 7 a.m.
hambone said...

EaTn, I think the best thing potential crossover voters can do with this one is stay at home and let canablism happen!!!

August 17, 2011 at 7:28 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Ron Paul is the only one on that list I'd even consider voting for over Obama; and he's being largely ignored by the media and GOP kingmakers. So, I'll most likely stick with Obama.

August 17, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
Plato said...

It's not Obama's policies that made him politically vulnerable, it's the way his policies have been grossly distorted and misreported. For instance:

  1. The stimulus didn't work - WRONG. According to the non partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) without the stimulus unemployment would be 2% higher = over 3 million more people out of work.

  2. The Affordable Care act increased the deficit. WRONG. The cost elements of the act have not even kicked in yet and again the CBO scored the plan 140 Billion revenue positive over 10 years.

  3. TARP increased the deficit by nearly a Trillion dollars - WRONG. TARP was instituted by the Bush administration although polls show most people falsely believe it was OBAMA, and virtually all of the TARP money had been repaid.

  4. Auto Company Bailout increased the deficit - WRONG. The bailout which Republicans claimed would not work, saved the auto industry and over 2 million jobs, as well as preserved the revenue from the company and workers who continued to pay taxes instead of collecting unemployment. Most of the bailout money has now been repaid.

Its simplistic and politically expedient for the Republicans to point to finger of guilt for the Bush recession to the current occupant of the Whitehouse, but when the facts get sorted out, the perceptions of those paying attention will change significantly.

August 17, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.

These posts are not a very inspired defense of the Obama years! Maybe he'll pull off a Lyndon Johnson and ride off into the sunset. Hillary Clinton would walk into the White House if he did.

You can't make a silk purse our of sow's ear. President Obama is toast.

August 17, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Plato, You my friend are so so outdated. But keep believing the lies put forth by your media. Soon we will see how pigs fly because a Democrat declared it. You enjoy your delusion. Some of us know better. Moon4kat, yeah stick with Obama and see how well that works out for you.

August 17, 2011 at 10:14 p.m.
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