sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

November 11, 2011

Just Give Me a Damn GOP Candidate to Vote for

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 12:43 pm

I’m underwhelmed by the GOP Presidential hopefuls.  While I sympathize with Cain because of what he has been put through, I don’t believe he is running to win; he’s running to increase name recognition.  I don’t like his 9-9-9 plan.  I’m not digging the irony of a Tea Party candidate being elected on a new tax platform.  Which is what 9-9-9 would do, it would institute a new national sales tax.  Although a tax that punishes consumption is preferable to a tax that punishes production, since the country started out taxing production, we can’t switch because once taxed savers’ wealth will be taxed again.

I had high hopes for Perry, but I’m most disappointed by his performance in the debates.  It’s not that he stumbled a few times, but that he broke the 11th Amendment which shows lack of foresight.  Still, the Texas miracle is something to write home about, so our nominee could do much worse.

Which brings me to Romney.  I would like to see Paul Ryan adopting the Paul Ryan plan because I don’t trust Romney to carry it out. And I do want to see Ryan running for the highest office.  Unfortunately, conservatives who came of age during the Reagan Revolution are not quite seasoned to run for the White House.

Am I suppose to support Gingrich after I swore off of him?  He’s certainly intelligent and well-spoken and he knows how to stay above the fray… but gosh, with his baggage?  On the other hand, he should be credited with welfare reform.

You know what, you early primary voters, just pick me a candidate.  I’ll vote for him — especially if he promises to appoint John Bolton Secretary of State.  I’m so disgusted by the current administration, any one of them will do.



  1. I think Cain is in it to win but never thought he had a chance and now that he is polling well he is shocked and unsure what to do. I think Perry thought he could waltz in there and win it and is shocked he can’t. Romney figured he could bend until he found positions people liked and win. Ron Paul… no chance I think because the “establishment” hates him but he will run anyway because reform is his thing.

    Comment by Harrison — November 11, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    • Well, Cain until very recently was on tour promoting his book instead of campaigning in Iowa. I think it’s more than just the establishment that has problems with Ron Paul. You average mainstream conservative has a problem with his ideas about foreign policy and he has absolutely no leadership skills. If Romney’s ceiling is 25%, Paul’s is half that. And unlike Romney, Paul has no appeal outside Republican primary voters.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 11, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  2. Have heart, gentlemen. This is what is supposed to happen in primary season to vet candidates for the nation’s top assignment. Backgrounds are supposed to be scoured, records are supposed to given a critical examination, and candidates are supposed to be grilled exhaustively.

    The players will necessarily rise and fall and no candidate will pass through this process as a savior. Neither Presidents Clinton nor GW Bush were spared this process and, although neither came through without doubt, they came through to win and be reelected.

    We can anoint a savior after their accomplishments in office are complete. For now, we are looking for a President and beware any candidate that the media examiners protect.

    Comment by TD — November 11, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    • TD, Thank you for stopping by and making a comment.
      You are right. I’m just not excited about any of the candidates.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 12, 2011 @ 8:50 am

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