GOP’s Circular Firing Squad: National Edition – None of these guys are beyond reproach
I haven’t committed strongly to any of the GOP presidential hopefuls, mainly because they’re all different flavors of meh. But one of them is going to win and run against Obama. It’s up to the GOP to figure out who has the “best chance” of beating the President. The one thing that has annoyed me the most, though, are the various supporters of each candidate getting all “holier than thou” when it comes to defending their pick vs. the others. None of these guys are “all that.” Just take the three front-runners.
Mitt Romney has flip-flopped enough to warrant a website devoted to chronicling the pattern. His ideology seems to be “I’m running for President”. He seems wooden and too-perfect & it doesn’t “feel” like he can relate to the average person.
But before you Gingrich-ites or Paulians get all self-righteous, be careful. Gingrich was for Romney’s health care reform before he was against it.
“The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major change in the American health system,” said an April 2006 newsletter published by Mr. Gingrich’s former consulting company, the Center for Health Transformation.
Except now, apparently, Gingrich’s people are claiming that Newt didn’t really write that endorsement. Uh. Yeah. That’s kinda what Newt called Ron Paul out on when Paul disavowed the racist stuff in Paul’s own newsletters, saying he didn’t write them (which is probably correct…or maybe not.). So, memo to self–newsletters written under your own name aren’t your responsibility.
As for Paul….his either an isolationist or a non-interventionist, depending on how you interpret his foreign policy stances. But it seems he doesn’t let such things as moral imperatives instruct his decision-making. He said he wouldn’t have fought WWII if it “only” meant saving the Jews from the Holocaust. And he thought that Lincoln fighting the Civil War to free the slaves was a mistake. ‘Cause the slaves would have been freed eventually, anyway. (Of course, the fact that the South kinda started it with that whole secession thing….). Those are two pretty big, albeit theoretical, “take a pass” items.
All of them have good ideas. Despite his flipping and apparent lack of an ideological touchstone, Romney would be competent. Gingrich is a big ideas guy. Paul makes sense in some fiscal areas and when it comes to cutting government. It’s just a matter of how much of the negative baggage you think the voting public can take along with the good ideas. Maybe there’s some acceptable ratio. Or maybe it will just come down to media spin and “optics.” Just like last time. Great.