The Republican Presidential version of “Last Man Standing”

I last wrote on this in early October, and had intended to revisit the Republican presidential field after the next major event, whether it was a major candidate getting in, dropping out, or the first caucus/primaries.  So I’m a little behind.  Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann have dropped out (and Gary Johnson… Who?  Yes, exactly.)  Iowa and New Hampshire have come and gone, and it seems the writing is on the wall for Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman.  Perry seems to know it, Huntsman not so much.

So here’s my take on where we stand going forward from here…

MITT ROMNEY:  I still think Romney will be the eventual nominee.  He keeps winning, and avoiding any major mistakes.
And I also think that Gingrich and Perry are abandoning principles and hurting the party as a whole by attacking him for being a capitalist.

Since when do Republicans attack other Republicans for having worked in the private sector, as opposed to being a career politician?  Seriously, WTH?

I can get behind Romney.  He wasn’t my first choice.  But I like him far more than the only other options who are still competitive (Newt & the Nut).  And the more I think about it, I can’t imagine Mitt Romney being a bad president.  At worst, he’d still be OK… and much better than the current occupant.

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NEWT GINGRICH:  I’ve always thought Newt had too much “baggage” to run for President.  But it seems that the not-Romney movement can overlook that.  Sorry, I can’t do it.  If we were just talking about the adultery while impeaching Bill Clinton, maybe.  There’s so much more.  And not all of it is in the distant past.

Sitting down with Nancy Pelosi for a global warming commercial?  Raking in $1.6M lobbying for Freddie Mac?  Calling the Paul Ryan budget plan “right wing social engineering”?  (Gee, I wish Congressman Ryan had run.)

For any of you in the not-Romney crowd who believe that Newt is the true conservative in the race, I need you to understand this — Newt Gingrich is a conservative when it suits him to be.  He’ll also jump on any “grand idea” that makes him feel smarter than everyone else, even if it’s far from conservative.
     That’s the key to Newt…  his sense of his own brilliance.  He’s absolutely convinced of it.  Republican voters, please beware.  This man is every bit as much a megalomaniac as Barack Obama.
Don’t believe me?  Try this:
“I have an enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I’m doing it…Oh, this is just the beginning of a 20-or-30-year movement. I’ll get credit for it…As a historian, I understand how histories are written. My enemies will write histories that dismiss me and prove I was unimportant. My friends will write histories that glorify me and prove I was more important than I was. And two generations or three from now, some serious, sober historian will write a history that sort of implies I was whoever I was.”  ~ Newt Gingrich (1985)

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 RON PAUL:  Wow… where do I start?  As I said before, Ron Paul says a few things, mostly on domestic policy, that I agree with.  But there’s way more stuff that he says, or has said in the past, that gives me flashing red lights and alarm bells.

His anti-Israel stance comes across as anti-Semetic regardless of how many times he tries to explain it as a monetary (foreign aid) position.  There’s always just a little too much animosity sprinkled into his statements.

His position on Iran is non-intervention taken to dangerous extremes.  He tries to argue that a nuclear Iran would be no more a threat to world peace than the United Kingdom or France.  That alone, to me, means he can not be taken seriously as a presidential candidate.

And then there’s the newsletters…
Chock full of conspiracy theories and racists rants.
Not the “mainstream media” / Chris Matthews / Keith Olbermann definition of racist.  Seriously racist.
Paul’s excuses?  It wasn’t an official, authorized newsletter… and besides, he didn’t write the objectionable stuff.  Really?  That’s the best he can do?
It was published in his name and he occasionally wrote articles for it.
It was your newsletter, Dr. Paul.  Own it and everything in it.

And don’t get me started on the Alex Jones / prisonplanet.com / 9-11 “truther” connections.  No, no, no.  Another reason not to take him seriously.

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RICK SANTORUM:  I didn’t say much about him previously except that during his Senate time, I considered him a one-issue politician.  He’s still mainly known for social issues only, but I suppose he must have positions on the economy and foreign policy.  If he continues to do well, I might have to find out what those are. 

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RICK PERRY:  Still my personal favorite, but I think the fat lady is singing, Governor Goodhair.
The Texas economy and jobs record couldn’t overcome poor debate performances.  People got worried that if he couldn’t hold his own against the other Republicans, he’d be toast against Obama’s perceived oratory skills.  I don’t know if that’s accurate, but it seems to be over for Perry.

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 JON HUNTSMAN:  Former governor of Utah, Obama’s ambassador to China.  I keep hearing that his record in Utah was quite conservative, but that doesn’t change the fact that he chose to run his campaign in a very bizarre fashion.  Who is he trying to appeal to?

For awhile it seemed he was working hand-in-hand with the “mainstream media” to promote himself as the only “sensible” Republican choice.
Then he went out of his way to position himself as the only Republican who believes in evolution and global warming.
Whose votes is he trying to win?  Evidently not mine.
UPDATE:  Shortly after posting this, it was announced that Huntsman will drop out tomorrow.

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So…. that’s where we’re at right now.  I still like Perry, but here’s my prediction…
eventual Republican nominee and next President of the United States:
Willard Mitt Romney

And if you’re curious to know who I liked at this point 4 years ago?

That’s all for today, folks!
If you agree or disagree
(and want to debate)
any of these opinions…
hit me up in the Comments!
I’ll be glad to play some more.

            Nick

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Randomosity

Given the title of this blog, it seems appropriate to start off by saying…

“Hello, Ashley!”  

 

 
****  Random Times  ****

  I had already named this blog post “Randomosity” before this next event occurred, so file it under random coinkydinks. 
  Tonya and I had a late lunch at Chinatown Restaurant (near 82nd and Slide).  I had the House Chicken, which was chicken, black beans and jalapenos in a black bean sauce.  Yummy, but scorchingly hot!  Left the insides of my cheeks feeling toasted.   
  Anyhow, to make a long story short, as we were leaving, Tonya glanced at the Business Hours sign on the door and this is what she saw:

  Now, that’s a little arbitrary, don’tcha think?

                                     
 ****  Random Movies Thoughts  ****

   What upcoming movies interest you, random reader?  I think Tower Heist looks hilarious.  Hopefully it gives Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick a career boost and gets them making funny movies again.
   However, the movies I’m most looking forward to right now are adaptations of books I’ve read.
   The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens on December 21 with the tagline “The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas” — funny line for some dark subject matter.  I’ve been writing about Steig Larsson’s Millenium trilogy as I’ve been reading it and want to see the movie adaptation of the first book.  I’ve heard the Swedish (subtitled) original versions are excellent and wouldn’t mind checking them out as well.  As with the following series, I expect that we’ll see movies made of all three books.

   The Hunger Games opens March 23, 2012.  I read this trilogy after Ryan and Jake told me how good they were.  It will be interesting to see how Hollywood handles this series.  It’s pretty dark but marketed at teens.  It is set in a future where a repressive Capitol annually chooses a boy and a girl from each of 12 districts to fight to the death in a televised event.  Like the Millenium trilogy, it has a very unique young lady as its main character.

   The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled for release Dec 14, 2012, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec 13, 2013.  Obviously, this is J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” split into two movies.  I am a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy of films.  I can’t understate that.  I’ve read the books more than once and the movies exceeded my expectations.  So, not surprisingly, I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with “The Hobbit”.  Just so you know, Ryan and I followed the casting of Bilbo Baggins with great interest and were very happy to see our first choice get the role (Martin Freeman of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”).  Can’t wait!

****  Random Joke  ****

Two rednecks decided that they weren’t going anywhere in life and thought they should go to college to get ahead.

The first went in to see the counselor, who recommended he take a history or logical thinking class.

“What’s logical thinkin’?” the first redneck asked.

The professor answered, “Let me give you an example. Do you own a weed eater?”

“I sure do.”

“Then I can assume, using logical thinking, that you have a yard,” replied the professor.

“That’s real good!” said the redneck.

The professor continued, “Logic will also tell me that since you have a yard, you also own a house.”

Impressed, the redneck said, “Amazin’!”

“And since you own a house, logic dictates that you have a wife.”

“That’s Betty Mae! This is incredible!”

The redneck was catching on.

“Finally, since you have a wife, logically I can assume that you are heterosexual,” said the professor.

“You’re absolutely right! Why that’s the most fascinatin’ thing I ever heard! I can’t wait to take that logical thinkin’ class!”

The redneck, proud of the new world opening up to him, walked back into the hallway where his friend was still waiting.

“So what class are ya takin’?” asked the friend.

“logical thinkin’ class!” replied the first redneck.

“What the hell is logical thinkin’?” asked his friend.

“Let me give you an example. Do ya own a weed eater?” asked the first redneck.

“No,” his friend replied.

“You’re gay, ain’t ya?”

<LOL… sorry, that was bad wasn’t it?>

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That’s all for this one, y’all… I hope to be back real soon.

~ Nick