Looking Forward to 2012

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I’m not sure who I’ll tout for the Republican Party Presidential Ticket in 2012. Though Michelle Bachmann is in the lead at the moment, I’m almost certain that we’ll see that star fade as the money goes to former Governor Mitt Romney (MA) and Governor Rick Perry (TX). At the moment, I’m edging toward Perry though the jury is not yet in on him. Romney is a RINO. Yes, he’s an order of magnitude better than Obama, but his conservative credentials are tarnished.
The Obama Campaign has vowed to destroy Romney through the press, etc. (Politico) I’m sure that the mainstream media will be willing Obama pawns once again.

“Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.”

We all know that Obama can’t run on his record, so he’ll go ugly early in the hopes of the press (backed by Obama campaign money) doing to Romney what they did three years ago to Sarah Palin.
The rest of the Republican pack: Newt Gingrich (I think he’s still in but why?), Jon Huntsman (John who? – Obama’s friend, oh, that’s who), Ron (I believe in flying saucers) Paul, Herman Cain (the Republican black man) and Milk Toast Tim Pawlenty round out the field.  I don’t think that any of them will be Romney’s or Perry’s vice presidential picks. I still default back to Paul Ryan as an extremely good pick for Vice President. He’s said that he’s not running for President but he’s never ruled out the VP job.
Imagine with me, if you will, the Joe (Slow Joe) Biden vs Paul Ryan debate! Ok, it may never happen, but if it does, I’m going to record it.
What to watch for in the Democratic Party’s camp:
(1) Obama will dump Biden and will find another Democrat who’s not such a screaming idiot. Biden is old and can decide not to run based on health reasons.
(2) The only current challenger to Obama’s nomination to the Democratic Party ticket is Randall Terry (don’t feel bad if you don’t know who he is –Link to DNC). The Democrats are looking for a serious alternative to Obama and I have no idea who they’ll be propping up. Most of the Democratic Party’s Senators are a lot like Harry Reid and John Kerry – as cold as vipers. But don’t rule out Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). I would be shocked if Hillary Clinton got back in that game.

8 thoughts on “Looking Forward to 2012

  1. I'm prepared to back Perry, unless he gives me a serious reason not to. Perry's done some things in the past that irked me, but since the rise of the Tea Party he's moved more to the right. I'd like to think its because he's gained some clarity. Maybe its just for political expediency? I don't know.

    I do know that he's at least close to being on the right track now, whatever the reason. My state has weathered the economic storm far better than most places and, despite the fact that its currently hotter than the surface of the sun, its drawing newcomers every day that are fleeing various "People's Republics" elsewhere in the nation.

    My support of Perry right now is a "don't reject the good waiting for the perfect". I hope that changes to real enthusiasm during the campaign. That's largely up to him.

  2. Anyone but Obama is OK with me. Although, I think very little of RINO Romney.

  3. I wonder if the real Conservative Challenger is hiding out from the Democratic AttackDog Press, waiting for time to come to fullness.

    But I would prefer if Romney was not our candidate. It seems that New Hampshire and Vermont get an awful lot of clout with allowing all voters to vote in the Primary, regardless of party affiliations. This takes out the good candidates and leave us other States picking over the remaining unelectable jerks. Like the Honorable Senator from Arizona.

  4. Not often I disagree with you LL, but I think you ought not be so dismissive of Ron Paul, he's certainly has street creds as a long time critic of the D.C. spendaholics.

    Yes, I do know that he's voted for bills with earmarks going to his own district more than a few times.

  5. LA – I know that Ron Paul is a solid guy, but I like his son better. Ron is not electable. If he turned out to be the Republican choice, we'd have 4 more years of Obama. American Politics always requires compromise. I hope we don't compromise too far and get Romney.

    Barco – I think that Rick Perry is likely to get the money. And that's going to decide a great deal. The "Great Conservative Hope" has to be a money magnet and the people in the race today aren't close. Christie might be able to do it if he ran, but he won't. Romney already has a large war chest. I don't think that Bachmann will be able to raise significant money after Perry gets into the race.

    Opus – IMHO Paul Ryan would make a better VP than Bachmann.

    Odie – I think that Romney is a weak Republican candidate. If Perry makes a good showing, I think that the Romney star will fade now the way that it did last time.

    Paladin – You and I are thinking along the same lines.

  6. I'd agree with Opus, but I really like Cain, he scares the hell out of the Dems… And he doesn't pull any punches.

  7. NFO, I don't know if Cain packs the gear to be President. But I like him for Secretary of Labor.

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