Where I’m At, Where I’m Coming From

Being new blood here at Wizbang, I thought it only fair to fill the commenter community in on where I currently sit when it comes to the subject of the GOP primary process and who it is I’m leaning towards….if anyone.

For a while now (since the 2008 election ended) I’d been hoping and praying that Sarah Palin would enter the race. Despite her bad press over the last few years, I thought, and still think, she was our best hope. It’s a bit of an understatement to say that this primary season has been a disappointment in my eyes. It’s now progressed into depressing territory.

Before all of the candidates had declared I had three possible contenders that I thought would be strong and viable for different reasons. As I said before, Sarah Palin was number one, followed by Chris Christie and Rick Perry. Only one eventually declared and what a mess that’s been. I still for the life of me, can’t figure out why Rick Perry isn’t leading or at least pushing Romney. A few bad debate performances really just doesn’t cut it for me.

Christie, for all of the Rino accusations that have been leveled against him is still a tough talking, straight to the point kind of guy, that I thought could really take it to Obama, and he does on a regular basis which I think is good for conservatives, conservatism, and the country. He of course, is now firmly in the Romney corner for whatever reason.

To be quite honest with you I’m just about completely put out with this primary season. It hasn’t gone the way I’d hoped, but then again most things in life seldom do. Romney will likely be the nominee. And I think it’s time all of us(no matter who we support) face that fact. The last few days with Gingrich and Perry using Occupy Wall Street arguments against Romney has pretty much been the last straw for me. You can read here what I wrote about that.

I’m not pro-Romney but on the same hand I’m not anti-Romney either. If Romney wins the nomination, I’ll not be anymore disappointed than I am right now. Basically, I can live with Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate for President.

But what I can’t live with is another four years of Barack Obama. I’d much rather be for something than against something but it just hasn’t worked out that way. We can still hope that Romney’s choice for VP will inject some passion into the campaign much the same way that McCain picking Palin did. In my opinion his one and only good political move.

Anyway, just thought I’d let the readers here know a little bit about my line of thinking as we move forward here. Once again, I’d like to thank Kevin for the opportunity to write here, as well as the other writers who have been kind in welcoming us new guys. I’d also like to thank the readers and commenters I’ve been fortunate enough to have met thus far.

Whether we agree on every aspect of policy or which candidate should win the nomination, one thing is for sure; we’re all fighting for the same thing. We all want to save our country from the current damage it’s being subjected to. Let’s fight to that end.

UPDATE: I’ve been a bit perplexed at the performance of Rick Perry since he entered the race and took a nosedive. This from The Other McCain makes sense, it doesn’t explain his latest poor decision to attack Romney from the left, but it kind of explains some of his other poor performances if it’s true.

 

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  • we need to stop looking for a white knight leader and continue to fight against the Obama Hope and Change machine …  we are going to have this fight no matter who is the GOP candidate …  this fight will be won or lost based on how well we continue to fight back … 
    We can and should emulate the Tea Party …  no leaders needed …

    • MichaelLaprarie

      I agree.  This whole ‘looking for the next Reagan’ silliness is just as pathetic as the Democrats ‘looking for the next JFK’ for the last 30 years.

      • LiberalNightmare

        The difference is that the dems leadership is smart enough that they dont actually look for the next JFK – they just tell the MSM who it will be this year and the democratic lemmings vote for them.

  • Chip

    I hate to feel this way but something in my gut tells me with Romney at the helm not a lot is going to change.

  • UOG

    Thought for the day for follow Tea Party voters: Never ignore better in search of best. I suppose that’s why I am committed to being an ABO voter this year.

  • UOG

    Thought for the day for follow Tea Party voters: Never ignore better in search of best. I suppose that’s why I am committed to being an ABO voter this year.

  • Laura Mulholland

    Welcome to you, and I feel much the same about the race for the GOP nomination. John Bolton would make a good VP.

  • Laura Mulholland

    Welcome to you, and I feel much the same about the race for the GOP nomination. John Bolton would make a good VP.

    • TWB

      I like Bolton, although I fear he’d be like the second coming of Dick Cheney in the eyes of the left. I’m holding out hope for Rubio, myself.

  • arcman46

    Palin, too, is my choice, and I will probably write her in when I get a chance to vote for the nominee.   I had really hoped that this time around I wouldn’t have to be voting for the “lessor of 2 evils”, but unfortunately I think it is going to come to that.  I’m not pro or anti Romney either, but it is evident that something has to change for the country to get back on the right track.  Given another 4 years of Obama is unacceptable, and the damage he can do with Supreme Court nominees and executive orders is immeasurable.  If we can get the Presidency and keep the House and gain the Senate, maybe we can undo many of the damaging things he has done.

  • arcman46

    Palin, too, is my choice, and I will probably write her in when I get a chance to vote for the nominee.   I had really hoped that this time around I wouldn’t have to be voting for the “lessor of 2 evils”, but unfortunately I think it is going to come to that.  I’m not pro or anti Romney either, but it is evident that something has to change for the country to get back on the right track.  Given another 4 years of Obama is unacceptable, and the damage he can do with Supreme Court nominees and executive orders is immeasurable.  If we can get the Presidency and keep the House and gain the Senate, maybe we can undo many of the damaging things he has done.

  • I’m anti-Romney, but far more anti-Obama. The only one left in the race with a shred of dignity is Santorum. Romney has been preaching how he is super-qualified to reach across the isle and form a consensus with the Democrats. He already makes me want to puke. And lately he’s been saying that his experience as a venture capitalist is no different than Obama’s takeover of the auto industry. We can’t afford four more years of Obama, but surely we can do better than Romney. I’m holding out hope. Pronouncing the race over after two states is pretty sad. It seems there is no shortage of Republicans willing to line up to demoralize the base and tell us how it’s all over but the crying.

    • TWB

      OTIS, I know it “shouldn’t” be over after the first few contests, but, for all intents and purposes, it probably will be. Especially if Romney wins SC. Until something changes in the primary process, anyway.

      I’d be all for something like 3 Super Tuesdays. Split the states up in 3 big successive weeks of primary elections. At least that way, everybody gets a say. I live in NC, our primary isn’t until May and it’ll be way over by then.

    • klaffner

      My 28 year old daughter came home for a visit.  She is a well grounded Republican.  All her friends are non-political.  We were talking and she said all her friends hate Santorum (homosexual smears and his inability to fight them off).  In another discussion a couple of days later, she said her friends were going to vote for Romney.  My democratic dentist said he was going to vote for Romney.  

      • Because Mormons are renowned for their enthusiastic endorsement of homosexuality.

        • TWB

          But Romney doesn’t talk about homosexuality. I think that’s the difference. At least I haven’t heard him speak about it that much.

          • The moral of the story: It’s fine to have convictions, so long as you don’t talk about them — at least if you’re on the right. Meanwhile, there is absolutely nothing off limits for the left.

          • TWB

            No, I’m just saying that that’s why Romney doesn’t get hammered about such issues like Santorum or Bachmann does. 

          • klaffner

            Romney and Santorum have virtually identical positions on marriage.  Both support an Amendment etc.  Politics is politics.  Santorum has screwed up by allowing himself to have an image as intolerant.  Romney hasn’t. 

      • I googled Santorum’s “homosexual smears” to see just what they are. The first couple of results had broken links, one was an attack site. The first available is “The 8 Worst things Santorum has said about Gay People.”

        This is the number one “worst” thing according to the site:

        1. “I know it may sound like a huge exaggeration, particularly in light of the recent attack on America, but this may truly be the most important letter I ever write you… For the last year, Matt Daniels has been working behind the scenes with conservative legal scholars like Robert Bork, Princeton University’s Robert George and Harvard Law School’s Mary Ann Glendon as well as conservative leaders in Congress like myself and Congressman J.C. Watts to draft an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect the holy sacrament of marriage from those who would legalize same-sex ‘marriage.’… Our opposition, the Gay Rights Movement, is organized.”

        Oh, the horror. In other words, protecting the institution of marriage from militant homosexuals is some kind of slur. I guess that makes a huge percentage of the public slanderers. Even Obama had to lie about his position on the issue. What you are really saying is that those who find a major plank in the Republican party itself offensive are comfortable with Romney, because he’s a squishy RINO and everybody knows it.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Cold hard reality – the weakest republican candidate on a meth binge is still better then the chump sitting in the white house now. ABO in 2012

  • ackwired

    Those are some unique thoughts.  I look forward to seeing some of your other views.

  • Obama is the enemy of America’s future.  He won’t cut a dime from anything except our defenses.  Of this there is no doubt.  Of course, now Gingrich sounds just like him, so what would be the point of Newt?  If we believe capitalism is truly evil, why not just let Obama finish destroying it?

    Perry’s problem, I have said from the start, is the ridiculous hype he was given before he entered the race.  RedState and others portrayed him as the Conservative Knight in Shining Reagan Armor riding to the rescue.  Social, economic, and foreign policy conservative, we were told, he’s the answer – he is Reagan without the Brylcreem.

    A conservative primary electorate with no hero in the field swallowed the hype whole, and Perry entered with a huge lead nationally and in Iowa, SC, and Florida.  The problem was, he couldn’t live up to the build-up.  Probably no one could have, not even Zombie Reagan, had he showed up to eat Romney’s brains.

    If Perry had jumped in without the fanfare, I estimate he’d have started around 10-12%, enough to have been a leading conservative challenger, but not the frontrunner.  Back in the pack, debate gaffes wouldn’t have been so magnified and damaging.  Expectations would not have been so high.  He could have built up slowly and been peaking at the right time.

    But it the end, “vulture capitalism” proves he wasn’t ready for prime time.  Better he show us now than show the whole country later.

  • Hugh_G

    I’d like to ask a serious question if I might. Of course I am a liberal democrat and perhaps I just don’t understand the mindset. As I read folks on this blog and other conservative blogs what I see is lots of folks deeply disturbed about the current crop of Republican candidates. 
    Why is it that the current crop is so unacceptable and other than Sarah Palin (whom I believe would get about 40% of the vote maybe) who would you like to see as your best hope to beat President Obama? Why do you think stronger candidates like Christe aren’t running?

    • TWB

      Hugh, I think anyone that draws a contrast with Obama whether they are conservative or moderate will have a good shot at beating him. Like I said, most people want a candidate that they are passionate about.

      I suspect, that most of the stronger candidates like a Palin or a Christie stayed out because of the incumbent factor. Despite the incumbent being a weak incumbent, not many people want to run for President (not those who really want to be president) will run against the incumbent.

    • klaffner

      Anyone who wants to be president lacks the judgement for the job.  Romney said something like that in the last to round. So I don’t hold it against someone who looks at what is involved, and declines. 

    • Jay


      Why is it that the current crop is so unacceptable and other than Sarah Palin (whom I believe would get about 40% of the vote maybe) who would you like to see as your best hope to beat President Obama? Why do you think stronger candidates like Christe aren’t running?

      Seeing as Romney’s background is as a “vulture capitalist”, when he goes against Obama he’ll lose.  With the Occupy movement in full swing, no matter how much the GOP wants him there, Obama would come out and look far better than him as the Democratic nominee.

      Ron Paul has better ideas than anything else, but people still call him crazy and dangerous.  The main reason is that he won’t play ball with sacrificing his Libertarian principles and won’t sell himself out for the system to continue running.

      Newt Gingrich and his serial hypocrisy have been fairly noted.  Having Newt as president is sure to give us war with Iran and a lot of problems with foreign policy.

      Rick Santorum is the religious nutcase.  The reason he gets so many religious questions is because he won’t compromise his faith while in the presidency

      John Huntsman is the most reasonable, but he has no chance.  No charisma, but he has solid foreign policy experience.

      Gary Johnson would have been a much better candidate, but got run off.

      Michele Bachmann is just crazy.  Thank everyone and their stars she’s gone.

      Herman Cain… Yeah…

  • TWB

    Let’s not kid ourselves though. The Republicans could have essentially already taken Obama out, but they’ve pretty much given him new life by focusing on each other, adopting left-wing arguments against capitalism, and refusing to show the American people the true Obama on a daily basis. Americans have short memories. The stupid will forget why they don’t like Obama anymore.

  • ABO 2012.

  • Wild_Willie

    TWB, welcome to the boards.

    I am a Texan and wished Perry well. But his debate performance made him seem as dumb as a bag of hammers. You only have a small window to impress and he didn’t. He had major lower back surgery shortly before he declared. I had that surgery and believe me, I am impressed he is walking around and wearing boots. But the pain or pain killers may have effected him. Regardless, he lost his chance to impress.

    Chris Christie is being smart and will wait for the next cycle OR be Mitt’s running mate, which would be huge. No pun intended. Rubio and Nicky of SC would be great also.

    Newt was a favorite of mine even with all his baggage but now he seems to have taken this personal and is going over the top attacking Mitt. Shamful.

    Paul would be the guy I would have a steak with. He would order his and say I’ll take a ribeye medium rare, and I would think, yea that sounds good, I’ll have the same. Then Paul would say: Put Necco wafers on mine. That’s when he loses me.

    Through it all, and I have to remind my friends and family, we are ABOer’s. Whomever the candidate is I will contribute money, time and resources to get him elected. My country depends on it. ww

    • TWB

      Necco wafer? What the heck is a Necco wafer?

  • Brian_R_Allen

    …. 
    For a while now (since the 2008 election ended) I’d been hoping and praying that Sarah Palin would enter the race. Despite her bad press over the last few years, I thought, and still think, she was our best hope. It’s a bit of an understatement to say that this primary season has been a disappointment in my eyes. It’s now progressed into depressing territory …. 

    Got my attention! 

    READS ON ……. 

  • Brian_R_Allen

    ….  I’ve been a bit perplexed at the performance of Rick Perry since he entered the race and took a nosedive ….

    Be perplexed no more. Mr Perry had just had major back (fusion and nerve decompression)  surgery and was in pain and at times heavily medicated. Mr Perry was operated on around July 1 and a reasonable estimate of his prognosis at that time was that he aught have a six-months period of rehabilitation, free from physical demands.

    Do not expect the Fascist (formerly “mainstream”) Media to pick up on and run with this. Do not hold your breath. .

    • TWB

      Well, other than try to say he’s now addicted to painkillers.