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The GOP presidential field & “this extraordinary moment”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:36 am - December 28, 2011.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

In a comment to my post on the possibility of a Ron Paul victory in Iowa, our reader davinci expressed his grudging backing of a certain candidate:

I was undecided for much of the year, then went with Gingrich for about a month. But as a history prof, he should know better than to pressure and intimidate federal judges he disagrees with. That showed his lack of a constitutional grounding, and now I grudgingly am with Romney. I hope if he’s elected that he will at least pursue a moderate conservative agenda. But that may be too much to ask of him.

If the field remains as is it has been, with only the announced candidates, then, I, like our reader had been until recently, remain undecided. Like many voters in Iowa, I’m frustrated by my inability to find a candidate who “seems ready for this extraordinary moment.”  (Via Jennifer Rubin.)  At least I have a few more months to make up my mind.

Now, to be sure, some conservatives, like my friend John Hinderaker contend that Mitt Romney is ready to confront the challenges facing this country.  (Via Glenn Reynolds who also links John Hawkins‘s critique of the candidate.)  In his endorsement, that Minnesota blogger left out one of the former Massachusetts governor’s key accomplishments:  his management of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

In the wake of a bribery scandal, Romney was tapped to take over the Games “which had faced serious potential financial difficulties before his arrival” and turned things around.  (Despite the difficulty of his task, I could find no evidence Romney whined about the crisis he “inherited” from the original Olympic management team.)  Yes, he has administrative expertise, but he has not shown a longstanding commitment to conservative principles.

Like Bill Kristol, I wish some candidates “who have stood aside” would reconsider that decision and, for the sake of the country, “step forward”.  The crises we face as a nation are great, and the incumbent seems oblivious to their magnitude.  Linking Kristol, Ed Morrissey advises us to “stop fantasizing about white knights riding to the rescue and focus on the choices we have in front of us now.

It seems we’re lacking a candidate of the caliber of Reagan, but then again back in 1980, many feared the California Republican was not up to the challenge.

Unlike our reader and John Hinderaker, I am not committing to Mitt Romney.  Perhaps, as Morrissey puts it, I am fantasizing about a white knight, but at least I do have a particular cavalier in mind.  And given the date of the California primary, have several months left to decide should he not coming riding to the rescue.



  1. I can’t say how much he drank after the diagnosis. I do know he cut down quite a bit, but, from the info gleaned from his brother John, he didn’t stop completely. The damage may have been too great regardless. John also said that Kevin’s condition was, as of a couple of months ago, not very good, and that the family did have some concerns about his health. He had started to miss work because of it, and he was the kind of guy who rarely would miss work. He was a programmer and loved his job.

    PS. When the Climategate 1 emails revealed some of the code used in the models, he took the time to go through it. He couldn’t believe what an absolute pile of crap it was!

    Comment by sonicfrog — January 2, 2012 @ 1:55 pm - January 2, 2012

  2. His position is, specifically, actions have unintended consequences. The more we use our power to try and change the region more to our liking, the more resistance we are going to face.


    Caller: I want a complete, impartial, and totally independent investigation of the events of September 11, 2001 . I’m tired of this bogus garbage about terrorism. Ask Michael Meacher about how he feels about this bogus war on terrorism. Can you comment on that please?

    Ron Paul (alleged Republican): Well, that would be nice to have. Unfortunately, we don’t have that in place. It will be a little bit better now with the Democrats now in charge of oversight. But you know, for top level policy there’s not a whole lot of difference between the two policies so a real investigation isn’t going to happen. But I think we have to keep pushing for it. And like you and others, we see the investigations that have been done so far as more or less cover-up and no real explanation of what went on.

    That’s troofer shit right there.

    Comment by TGC — January 3, 2012 @ 12:08 am - January 3, 2012

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