And I haven’t picked a favorite. No, I’m not holding out for some perfect candidate. I’m smart enough to know that doesn’t exist.
I like Michelle Bachman. I like Rick Perry. Each of them certainly has their warts, but they are my top two right now. Ron Paul has several great ideas, but he’s a loon. We all know it. Herman Cain seems like a great guy, but he’s never going to get elected. He shot himself in the foot long ago. Newt? You mean, he still thinks he’s even in the running? I always thought he was smarter than that. Jon Huntsman? Please. And of course we have the liberal media’s choice, Mitt Romney. Word to the wise, don’t nominate the guy your opponent most wants to run against. It’s a losing strategy. You’d think people would have figured that out last time around.
Some part of me wants to nominate Rick Perry just so that in a debate in the general election he can say something to the effect of, “So we each inherited economies from George W Bush. Let’s compare how we did with our inheritance.”
That said, the HPV debacle*, the crony capitalism issues, etc. Those are real issues. And really, they could all stand to back away from social issues entirely**. Convince me that you will push for small government (Bye Newt), strong national defense (Bye Ron Paul), and staying the hell out of my business, bedroom, and gun safe (Don’t let the door hit ya, Mitt); and you’ll have my vote. It’s that easy.
*I’m all for pulling out all the stops in kicking cancer’s ass. It’s the executive order part of it I have a problem with. Don’t meddle in private citizen’s business.
**Sanctity of marriage is not derived from government’s recognition, nor can it be dissolved because any other kind of union is recognized. If it was, we crossed that bridge with no fault divorce a long time ago.
ETA: I just realized I completely forgot to mention Rick Santorum. Apparently, he was there too. That’s really the only thing I know about the guy. Guess he has really made an impression…