Iowa: GOP Island of Misfit Toys

Every day it becomes clearer to me that the state of Iowa is the GOP’s Island of Misfit Toys.

What else would explain what GOP presidential contenders have been saying and doing in Iowa?

That crop of contenders has been less than stellar. How do they irk me? Let me count the ways.

Huntsman: Who? Enough said.

Santorum: I had a dislike for Santorum back when he was a member of the U.S. Senate, and I was glad when he voted out of office in 2006. The fact that his own constituents turned against him in 2006 is enough to doubt his current electability. So what is it about Santorum that turns me off? Answer: While he was in the U.S. Senate, Santorum behaved like a Protestant Fundamentalist Pharisee in political garb, focusing on causes pertaining to a particular set of religious beliefs.  Although those causes have some importance, there are other causes that are much more important.  I have no desire to have a President who majors in minors. Also, I have no desire to have a President who has spent his entire time as an adult being either a college student, a lawyer or a politician.

Bachmann:  She was first elected to Congress five years ago, and she already wants to be the President? Egads! That’s like being a junior U.S. Senator serving a first term and wanting to be the President. Seriously, what has Bachmann done for her to be considered presidential material? When Bachmann was a member of the Minnesota Senate, the Republican Caucus there removed Bachmann from the one leadership position that she had. Now she wants to be the leader of the entire GOP as well as the USA?

Perry: I had hoped that Perry could be a fitting candidate, but right now he has yet to convince me that he is. However, I could change my mind if circumstances change.

Gingrich: The man has put both feet into his mouth and doesn’t know it. The Boston Herald editorial staff said it best:

The fact that federal courts are supposed to be reading and interpreting the law, not “the American people,” is apparently lost on the former House speaker who is so eager to pander to Iowa voters that he would trash the very Constitution he purports to defend.

Gingrich suggested that he would violate the constitutional separation of powers if he were to disagree with a ruling made by a federal judge.  The President is supposed to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, not trash it by interfering with the judicial and legislative branches of the federal government.

Romney: As I see it, Romney lacks charisma. Plus, it is difficult to figure out what to make of him. In a column for Real Clear Politics,  Sean Trende compares Romney to the way that Richard Nixon was during the 1968 presidential campaign. Back then Nixon won the GOP nomination after the GOP went through some not-Nixon candidates.  If I had to choose between Romney and Obama, then I’d choose Romney because I consider the Obama presidency to be a disaster. However, to me there isn’t anything thrilling about Romney.

So, if the 2012 Republican Primary in my state were held to day, who would I vote for?

Well, I’d like to vote for this guy:


Since I can’t do that, I’m going to . . .

. . . not vote in any Republican primary.

On December 14th, a group of Iowa preachers made a public announcement in which they proclaimed that Michele Bachmann is “the most biblically qualified” of the Republican presidential candidates. [Info Source]

Well, that proclamation by those preachers convinced me to . . .

. . . change my official political affiliation.  I re-registered to vote as an Independent.

The only reason that I was a registered Republican was because my state does not have open primaries, and I wanted to vote in primaries.

That was then. This is now.

I don’t want to be linked in any way to people who have the USA confused with a theocracy of their own design.

Sure, during the 2012 general election I will vote for the Republican candidate, but I will not be involved in selecting that candidate.

Republicans need to decide whether they want a candidate who can defeat Obama or a candidate who can part the Red Sea.

Meanwhile, I’m going to sit back with a bowl of popcorn and watch the circus that the GOP presidential campaign has become.
















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  • Anonymous

    Vote for the Hippopotamus.

  • Stephen

    No mention of Ron Paul? He’s coming on strong and is resonating with voters on both sides of the aisle.

    • Anonymous

      As a fuvking loon…

      • jim_m

        Yep, I’d have to agree that there’s a sizeable tin foil hat crowd on both sides of the aisle and he speaks directly to them.

    • retired.military

      Stephen mentions him and doesnt say anything negative.  That in itself is enough for me to not vote for him.

    • Anonymous

      Ron Paul endorsed Cynthia McKinney in 2008.
      That right there should end his career.

    • Sometimes the most effective way to criticize a person is to ignore that person.
      See Pretzel_Logic’s criticism of me.

  • jim_m

    Thanks for that assessment of Santorum.  I think you hit it on the head of what bugs me about him too.  He seemed to have laser focus on all the small issues and no sense of the big picture.

  • retired.military

    Doesnt matter to me who wins.  In Nov I am voting for ABO.

  • Anonymous

    Bill and Opus in 2012!

    • I thought Bill died again?

      • Anonymous

        That small detail makes it even better. at least he can’t do as much damage to the US as BHO has done.

  • Pretzel__Logic

    I dont get your posts. They are all fluff on the highest order. I for one will be skipping them. This is garbage that has spewed all over the net a thousand times. The nice getty images dont do anything to enhance the message, quite the opposite.

    • Anonymous

      Calm down.  You can’t get them because you have no sense of humor.

      • Pretzel__Logic

        yeah,  a consistent  picture caption winner means I have no sense of humor alright.

        • Anonymous

          You have to keep in mind that this is a crowd that LOVED “An American Carol,” and whose favorite comedian is Dennis Miller.

          • Pretzel__Logic

            Im a huge Miller Fan. Have seen him live twice and met him here in Chicago.

          • Anonymous

            Well, there ya go…

          • Sorry if our tastes reach beyond the stark socialist realism of Gladkov’s Cement.

    • Fluff? Sure, I deliberately try to provide some humor in order to lighten the mood. I see nothing wrong with providing a comedy break occasionally. Granted, getting some people to laugh is like getting Wednesday Addams to smile.

      • Pretzel__Logic

        A real knee slapper.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Paul will survive his anti semetic views?  I know Barry skates, but were talking a threat to Barry’s crown here.

    • jim_m

      He will skate on those views as long as he is a threat to any credible GOP challenger.  Once be becomes something more than that the media will turn on him.  It’s what they do.

  • I support the decision of anyone who does not feel a part of the Republican Party or allegiance to it – for whatever reason – to refuse to take part in our nomination process.  It is entirely the appropriate action to take in the circumstance, as it would for those who have already declared they “will not vote for so-and-so or what’s-his-face” under any conditions.

    If you are uncomfortable supporting the winner of our entirely democratic process – our delegates are selected more by direct voting because we don’t reserve seats for the elected officials and party activists like the Democrats do – then you should not participate in it. 

    Thank you for your integrity.

    • As I said before, I will vote for the GOP candidate in the 2012 general election.

  • Oysteria

    I have never had a party designation of any kind on my voter registration card.  It has always said None. 

  • “The fact that federal courts are supposed to be reading and interpreting
    the law, not “the American people,” is apparently lost on the former
    House speaker who is so eager to pander to Iowa voters that he would
    trash the very Constitution he purports to defend.”

    Nice straw man. The fact that this is not what Gingrich said seems to be lost on his critics.

    • Apparently you missed Bill O’Reilly’s “Talking Points”of December 19th.

      • Apparently you miss the entire point. Show me where Gingrich says “the American people should read and interpret the law.”

        • You are correct.  He said that HE would defy the Court when HE decided they were wrong – screw those ignorant peasants!  And if they don’t show up for his Show Trial hearings, he’ll have the judges ARRESTED by U.S. Marshals. 

          Newt would be scary IF every time I see him I didn’t envision Cliff Clavin trying to explain “Lean Six Sigma” to Norm and Carla.

          • “He said that HE would defy the Court when HE decided they were wrong…”

            No, he didn’t say that either.

            It is absolutely incredible to me that we actually have “conservatives” (if I am not too presumptuous in using the term) arguing FOR judicial supremacy. I’m flummoxed and irritated. With friends like you people, who needs enemies? The are three coequal branches of government. The judiciary was never supposed to become the absolute arbiter of law, and it certainly was not granted the power to legislate from the bench. It is well within the constitutional purview of the executive and legislative branches to “question” the actions of judges, especially when the judges actively seek to countermand the very laws enacted by the legislature. What the hell is wrong with you people? There is plenty of room over at the Daily Kos.

            How America has turned from the most representative form of government to rule by an oligarchy of judges

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the Pretzel about this post. What the hell was the point of it? You want perfection? You ain’t going to get it. This post is a waste of band width. I am not pleased with all facets of each one but I am suring voting ABO. That is a fact. This country cannot take 4 more years of this bozo.

    I heard someone say of Ron Paul: He’s like a guy that orders a rib eye steak medium, and your thinking, good idea, and then he says ‘put necco wafers on it’. The man is batshit crazy on any position that isn’t budgetary.  ww

    • The point of my post is to show what particular flaw in a GOP candidate could turn off independent voters should that candidate somehow make it to the general election. The eventual GOP candidate will need the support of independent voters in order to be elected.

      • Anonymous

        Ain’t funny when you have to explain it, huh?

        Does EVERY article have to be about how bad Obama sucks to please you guys (Pretzel and Willie)?

  • Anonymous

    Only thing this election will show for certain beyond death and taxes is  Obamas humongous arrogant ego mind.

  • RichFader

    If this was meant as humor, it wasn’t funny. If it was meant seriously, it sucks.

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