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All current GOP candidates are flawed*

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:57 pm - December 15, 2011.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Like many conservatives, I don’t yet have a candidate in the presidential race and still hope that an accomplished former governor of a large state may yet jump in the race.

Although I appreciate Newt Gingrich’s rhetorical feistiness, having interned for the guy, I question his executive aptitude.  Every time I come close to backing Mitt Romney, he does — or says — something that causes me to question his conservatism.

Not just that, with the election still eleven months away, I, like many Americans am already getting tired of the campaign.  According to USA Today/Gallup poll, “70% of registered voters across the country and 74% of those living in the battlegrounds say they can’t wait for the campaign to be over.

Annoyed with the never-ending campaign we may be, but we Republicans are going to have to pick a candidate and that man, as Rush put it, is not going to be perfect:

I don’t want to be misunderstood as seeking perfection, because it doesn’t exist. We’re all imperfect, everybody. There is no such thing as perfection. And there is no way to remove risk from life. You can’t achieve perfection. You can try for it. It’s a great motivation. You can’t remove risk and you can’t achieve perfection. Nobody is going to be flawless.

His commentary, sage though it is, is not helping me pick a candidate, but it may help those of us who are as yet undecided because none of the candidates excites us rally around the eventual nominee.

In his commentary, Rush mentions three candidates about whose “conservative credentials” there is, his his mind, “no doubt,” Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.  Interesting that those more social conservatives are currently floundering in most polls.

Kind of undermines the media/Democratic narrative that the GOP has gone so far to the right that Ronald Reagan couldn’t win nomination today.

*yet each is better than the incumbent



  1. Interesting how a post I hacked out in a few minutes — and that I don’t think is one of my best — generates so much conversation

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — December 17, 2011 @ 12:40 am - December 17, 2011

  2. Weird how they do that.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — December 17, 2011 @ 11:43 am - December 17, 2011

  3. This has always been a big difference between the GOP and the Dems. If a Republican disagrees with a candidate on one issue, he/she will stay home and not vote at all. However, if a Democrat agrees with his candidate on one issue, he/she will turn out with bells on. Sigh.

    Comment by Dottie Laird — December 17, 2011 @ 3:33 pm - December 17, 2011

  4. I think y’all should follow Gingrich’s advice:

    Comment by Jeff — December 21, 2011 @ 9:23 am - December 21, 2011

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