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In 2012 contest for GOP presidential nomination, steak is not on the menu

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:45 pm - March 4, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Since college, I have adopted, “Strive for the ideal, recognize the real,” as my personal motto.  The striving is a lot easier than the recognition.  As it is in life, so it is with politics.

We all wish we had a outspoken conservative candidate like Chris Christie, with the conservative vision of Marco Rubio, the fiscal knowhow of Paul Ryan and the entrepreneurial experience of Mitt Romney.  But, this year, we lack the ideal conservative candidate as the rise and fall of the various “non-Romney” alternatives has shown.

For example, when Ed Morrissey announced that Rick Santorum was his choice, he was only tepid in his endorsement, noting, for example that some of the Senator’s “positions in the past and present” gave him pause.  Today, that 2010 CPAC blogger of the year reported that Mitt Romney scored a big endorsement from fiscal conservative Sen. Tom Coburn.  In his endorsement, the Oklahoma Senator hinted that he may not be entirely enthusiastic about his choice:  “In life, and especially politics, our choices are seldom perfect and often difficult.

It’s seems sometimes as if we’re dining at one of two restaurants in town and craving a thick, juicy steak, but not finding in on the menu.  We have to settle for what’s being offered.

Now, some may be saying, they’re not in the mood for chef’s special, Massachusetts meatloaf and are leaning towards Pennsylvania liver and onions because, after all, the liver comes from a cow — as does the steak.  (And this particularly dish always tends to be overcooked.)  The Georgia tuna, while occasionally savory, is usually overly spicy.  And the vegetarian offering is, well, a Texas turnip.

Our choices this year aren’t ideal, but, they’re far far superior to what the other restaurant is offering, a dish made of tofu and soy and billed as prime rib.  The restaurant still posts the glowing review (on now faded newsprint) written by a food critic who had never actually tasted the concoction, but instead relied on Chef Axelrod’s glowing testimonial.

We may lament that steak is not on the menu, but we’re going to have to order something that is.  In short, we’re going to have to recognize the reality that our choices this year are not ideal.  But, at least they’re far better than the limited choices at the restaurant down the street.

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18 Comments

  1. Steak may not be in the menu, but I’m damned tired of ramen noodles.

    Comment by DaveO — March 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm - March 4, 2012

  2. You know, just once, it would be nice to be able to vote for a Republican presidential candidate without throwing up in my mouth.

    Comment by V the K — March 4, 2012 @ 7:55 pm - March 4, 2012

  3. I’m partial to Chuck Norris’s suggestion that the Republican front-runner, should the other candidates prove amenable, tell the voters that he will put the others on his Cabinet. I’m not sure that someone with the ego to run for President would be satisfied with a Cabinet position, but Hillary seems to be making it work. If a person is truly concerned about the good of the country, and there’s a lot to be concerned about, this seems a reasonable compromise rather than the zero-sum mindset of a Presidential race.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — March 4, 2012 @ 9:14 pm - March 4, 2012

  4. Amen! (to the post, and all these comments so far)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 4, 2012 @ 9:18 pm - March 4, 2012

  5. Perhaps we should all allow one of the restaurants to go out of business. Otherwise, we will always have to settle for something short of steak. By the way, I’ll take the “Texas turnip” any day over he rest of that lot. Ron Paul is the ONLY one in the race who understands personal and economic liberty.

    Comment by Advocate for Liberty — March 4, 2012 @ 9:22 pm - March 4, 2012

  6. I’d love to see Ron Paul as Chairman of Fed. That would make this whole pile of crap worth it.

    Comment by V the K — March 4, 2012 @ 9:22 pm - March 4, 2012

  7. Love your analogy.

    Comment by John Kinstle — March 5, 2012 @ 2:18 am - March 5, 2012

  8. Hmmmm….scraps of low-grade trim-waste meat, ground with fat and stretched with stale bread crumbs and ketchup vs. a slice of over-cooked bovine used oil-filter and some smelly lily-bulb…what a choice.

    Time for a hunger strike…or a trip to a better-quality butcher.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — March 5, 2012 @ 4:17 am - March 5, 2012

  9. A turnip is always a turnip, you know what you are getting. Anything can be over seasoned, better analogy for tuna would be that it may contain high levels of mercury. The problem with the others is that you don’t know what you are getting. Liver can contain all manner of toxins. Meatloaf is always a mystery, unless you have the recipe (your own personal views)

    Comment by Jason — March 5, 2012 @ 2:43 pm - March 5, 2012

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