Pattersonville, NY, along I-90–
Took a break to deal with a few issues and drop a note on the blog. Rain and fog here today, and some serious thunderstorms threatening. I’m cooking some lunch after which, I’ll be heading to the Buffalo area.
I have been asked by a few readers who my favorite is among the possibles for the GOP nomination. I answer simply; I have none. Of all the front runners currently with their heads above the hedgerow, I have serious questions about each and every blinking one of them. In each and every case, the person in question is not operating now and never has operated from conservative principles. There are some bright spots and good ideas in each one’s head, at leastas expressed to us in their press releases and so on so far. But as to their bedrock principles…. no.
The people in the list of GOP front runners currently, shows us just how easy the Democrats… Obama, included, are defeat-able. If these people can be considered front runners, then the Democrats are seen by the voters as vacuous at best. The problem isn’t that they can’t win… some of them certainly can. The issue however is what they’ll do once in office, which is where the issue of them operating from conservative principles or not comes into play. It seems to me we on the right signed onto a couple such people recently… both named Bush…. and what we got was at be a centrist, in both cases. We as a party a people, a nation, cannot afford to elect anything of the center to the left, and that, I think is the risk we run if we take any of the current front runners seriously.
Let’s take a few examples, just so you understand me, here.
Trump: You cannot be serious. Trump to my mind, if nothing else shows us how easy Obama’s politics are to defeat at the next election. Perhaps too easy. At first glance and at first hearing, Trump has some gravitas. Problem is the devil is in the details. Details like his support for a progressive tax.  Not just no…. HELL no.
Romney: Both David and myself rejected Romney at the last election and speaking for myself, that rejection has not reversed with the passage of time. The biggest example of why the rejection is Romneycare. Anyone who can sign their names to that I want nowhere near the seats of power.
Huckabee: Let’s remember who we’re dealing with, here. The late Bob Novak advised us:
Who would respond to criticism from the Club for Growth  by calling the conservative, free-market campaign organization the “Club for Greed”? That sounds like Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich  or John Edwards , all Democrats preaching the class struggle. In fact, the rejoinder comes from Mike Huckabee , who has broken out of the pack of second-tier Republican presidential candidates to become a serious contender â€” definitely in Iowa  and perhaps nationally.
Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office  directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas  as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate.
Palin: I am inclined to take her more seriously than Trump, on several accounts, not least of which the assessment of McCain’s campaign. Remember, McCain was seen as being to far to the left and McCain knew this… which is why they brought her in, in an attempt to counterbalance that (correct) assessment. There are some questions I have about positions she’s taken in the past, but suspect a lot of them can be answered. Not all, however, and there’s the rub. Still, the establishment Republicans and Democrats both view her as a threat. They’re desperate to discredit her. I suggest that is in primary because of her willingness to be overtly conservative. To some degree, this goes to the lack of conservationism in US politics today… the rank and file are starving for someone to take the mantle… and alas, none has.
Ron Paul: … has already had his Ross Perot moment. Does anyone take him seriously after seeing the Cindy Sheehans of the world supporting him? Sorry.
The one who does step up… and who is demonstrably operating from conservative principles… and I do not think that person to be among these… will win not only the nomination, but the general election.