published Friday, May 13th, 2011

Gingrich? Obama? Who?

We, the people, have elected some great presidents in the history of our marvelous United States of America.

Of course, we think of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as the greatest. And fortunately, voters have chosen some other presidents who have served with distinction as well.

But we also have elected presidents who offered far less in character, qualifications and performance than we needed. We note these facts as we look with concern toward our 2012 presidential election.

Democratic President Barack Obama is already asking the voters to give him a second term.

Who are the announced or likely Republican presidential candidates, so far? Recently, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, of Georgia, threw his hat into the ring. He was both conservative and controversial in his time in Washington.

Here are at least some of the other official or potential GOP candidates:

• Michele Bachmann, a member of the U.S. House from Minnesota.

• Herman Cain, of Georgia, former chairman of Godfather’s Pizza and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

• Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana.

• Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.

• Ron Paul, a medical doctor and House member from Texas.

• Tim Pawlenty, a five-term congressman and two-term governor of Minnesota.

• Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and a 2008 presidential candidate.

• Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor.

• Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor.

• Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor.

Do you see a Republican you believe could and should be elected to replace Obama? A number of them have some excellent qualities, and some might yet prove to be worthy opponents for Obama.

But as you survey both parties’ candidates and potential candidates, what does the field say about our current national leadership — and the choice we must make in 2012 for president of the United States and leader of the free world?

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Livn4life said...

An Obama replacement will be very difficult for two reasons. The Number one reason is that any opposition to him will not be given a fair shake by the biased national media. Whomever is chosen to oppose our current President, will be overly scrutinized and as always many minor issues will be put forth as major reasons not to vote for him or her. Secondly, there is no one in any party which gives indication that he or she can unite this fragmented nation. Our current President is far from that too but he was elected by someone in this nation in 2008. Conclusion: It is highly likely that many are deluded into thinking we are on the right track as a nation. I believe the opposite is true not so much because we have the wrong person in the White House as that the whole federal government has the wrong perspective.Somehow, somewhere something has been lost in the shuffle of progress, modernism, post-modernism etc. I am concerned, regardless of who is elected in 2012, that we may not be able to ever get what has been lost back. Yet we will hear the continual political banter of put me in or keep me in and I will... So the campaigning begins and I will be interested to see what big promises are made from this crop of candidates.

May 13, 2011 at 6:37 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Where's the Donald? Just a month ago, he was at the top of the GOP heap. Still think he's polling better than most of the list you put up there.

I loved the spoof on Saturday Night Live last weekend. We're almost tempted to vote in the GOP primary just so we can watch more of Tina Fey and be entertained.

Now, Newt decided to re-invent himself and step us as the GOP'S Great White Hope for 2012. Each month, the Republicans put up a crazier loon than the previous ones. Guess there's no shortage of crazy in the RNC, how long before Sea Monkey decides to run?

May 13, 2011 at 7:01 a.m.
EaTn said...

As I read down the list I can't help but chuckling to myself. Obama will have to mess up bad for any of the above to give him a horse race. The Swift Boaters and birthers have a big challenge ahead, especially for those lefties who may switch to the right during the primaries.

May 13, 2011 at 7:50 a.m.
nucanuck said...

To win the GOP nomination will require an ongoing debate taking positions opposed to, or somewhat opposed to, Social Security, mandated health care, evolution, climate change, women's rights, the energy technologies of the future, responsible taxation, and more. That debate pushes Republicans into extreme positions that don't wear well with the American center.

Centrist GOP candidates who could beat Obama have little chance of surviving the primaries as the race to the far right heats up.

May 13, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
chet123 said...

Herman Cain....Here we go again(michael steele)....Libertarian you know nothing about Herman Cain except he have a pizza business...eventhough cain have had a successful business career...i dont think we need a business man or a rich and greedy person(dollar chaser) in the oval office...you take a risk with business people..Herman Cain is Conceited(corporate puppy..Reagan was the last one) ...he have always looked out for his own self interest first...i think he would be a disaster. if you look at history the people that have made this country and the world better was just people who had a natural talent to be a Leader/servant(in crisis) of the people.ie(roosevelt,lincoln,m.l.king,George Washington,Eisenhower,Kennedy)none was dollar chasers

May 13, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
chet123 said...

libertarian like the way you put a spin on people who vote for Obama..LOL LOL LOL...how about putting a spin on the way your republican was defending the rich and greedy oil excutive during the senate hearing,,,,LOL LOL LOL saw your republican in their true form...kissing butt of the rich and greedy LOL LOL...we need to call the republican party the Benidict Arnold Party-all traitors....they all have been bought by the rich and greedy...dont mean to scare but it about time for a campaige reform law!!!stop the Quid Pro Quo! lol lol lol

May 13, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.
chet123 said...

Libertarian4.... you place too much stock in the black votes..only about 9%...you have higher percentage haters LOL LOL...the good people of America and the young people...not old hate geezers like yourself.. Obama will win 2012..and democrat will retake the house...so get use to him...hes your president...kiss his boots! e since you are a real pro at kissing boots for the rich and greedy LOL LOL

May 13, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
chet123 said...

and you see when reagon left..he left the country with a deficit...he had neogotiated with terrorist

May 13, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
chet123 said...

exporting american jobs...only one profit was the rich and greedy

May 13, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
chet123 said...

depressed american labors...removed regulation set on wall street so they could do antthing they wanted to do...income gap widen...between middle-class and rich and greedy...you want an oligard government..i perfer a democracy....you need to be in a country with kings and queens..

May 13, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
chet123 said...

shut up indian..the sky is not falling...go back to school man...you know nothing about history....only hateblogger and fox news....so get an education

May 13, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Evidence for Obama's lies, indian?

May 13, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
chet123 said...

Indian..at least have some reputable facts for once...just once...you read hate bloggers and beleive it like a fool...maybe thats what you want...it seen to be like a fix for you....you are a hate addict..you get your fix from Right-wing hate blogger..

May 13, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
chet123 said...

Indian dont want the truth...he will just do as he always...run off......i dont want to provoke indian...but he and a few other wing-nut read those vile lies written by groups like Grass fire nation, news max , world dailey.there thousands of them out there....the money they waste telling lies could go to taxes..they think democrats going to just stand by while they lie...they lie without even blinking their eyes...its sick...i'm going to call theses Bozo out when ever i see them spreading vile lies

May 13, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.
hambone said...

"Take back our country"?

To when?

May 13, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

To when everyone knew their place: women, blacks, asians, hispanics, gays. To a world run by white men, learning a WASP centered history, in which all cultures are deemed inferior and slated to be improved.

May 13, 2011 at 11 a.m.
hambone said...

What I don't understand, with all the tax cuts the top 5% have had theh last 10 years, why don't we have 3% unemployment.

What happened there?

May 13, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.
hambone said...

When's trickle down going to kick in?

May 13, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

L4F: just reinforced my post. thanks

May 13, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.
Plato said...

Mitt Romney looks like a president, talks like a president and acts like a president. No one should ever underestimate those credentials. Packaging is 50% of the sale decision in anything from potato chips to presidents.

But Romney is anything but an empty suit. He has some exceptional business and financial management successes, that for some strange reason neither he nor anyone else ever talks about. He was an effective governor and the health care plan he signed into law in Massachusetts, which the Affordable Care Act was based on, is very popular and highly successful.

If Romney would quit apologizing for Romney Care I think he could stand a reasonable chance of upsetting Obama. I'm a moderate Democrats and Obama supporter but I think Romney is an interesting candidate that brings a lot to the table and would do very well in a general election especially if the jobless rate continues to languish.

Other than that I see Mitch Daniels and John Huntsman as credible candidates but the problem is neither is very well known or well funded. The others are for the most part fringe candidates that appeal only to certain segments.

In the end I see Romney emerging and tapping Marco Rubio as his running mate in hopes of grabbing some of the Latino vote and securing Florida. That would be a good ticket for the pubs or at least the strongest one they might hope for, but Romney will have to play his cards better than he has so far.

May 13, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I agree about Mitch Daniels, who actually has a good track record as gov of Indiana. Not sure why the newt or the donald grab the headlines more than these better candidates.

May 13, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.
chet123 said...

libertarian..there you go...reading hate bloggers...man didnt GOD gave you a mind of your own...and why you so Obsess with the black thing.....whats that all about LOL LOL

if you want to talk race albert eistein was jew dummy! and fox news have boogeyman common...bet his creditail are btter that you and NEWT GINGRICH

May 13, 2011 at noon
hambone said...

If Mitt Romney knows what you want to here, he'll say it!

May 13, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
chet123 said...

try to down sensible...without injecting race...you cant because thats who you are

May 13, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
chet123 said...

take back america...hmmmm i think i fell you!!how about the south in the 40's and 50's....good old days of jim crow....LOL LOL take america back LOL LOL to where?

May 13, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Hambone, trickle down economics works. The wealthy amass huge fortunes then they pee on the rest of us. The working class will always be the cash cow for welfare. Even Jesus said the poor will always be with us and we are encouraged to help those who are less fortunate. The rich, on the other hand, don't need my help but I am forced by this government to provide corporate welfare to the filthy rich.

May 13, 2011 at 2:02 p.m.
hambone said...

L4F, your the one in the bubble pal!

More like in the jug!

May 13, 2011 at 3:37 p.m.
Julian1 said...

L4F wrote: "whites like Einstein, Mozart, Bethoven, Washington, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, and others have contributed more to the world than thugs like Common."

Ayn Rand does not deserve to be in that group. Einstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Washington, and Smith were giants and created works of lasting significance. Rand was a third-rate thinker and writer as well as a hypocritical welfare cheat. No serious thinkers take her seriously.

May 13, 2011 at 8:54 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

Cain is a pretender. Ron Paul is the real deal. He's probably our last chance to avoid complete economic collapse. Ron Paul 2012!

May 29, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
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