Friday, September 16, 2011
Where Things Stand...September 16, 2011
While it is very unlikely that any challenger will be able to dislodge Obama, the Republicans remain very unsettled in their race for the nomination. Rick Perry has, over the last two weeks, taken the lead in the polls over the former frontrunner Mitt Romney. Perry has considerable strengths to get the Republican nomination, while at the same time, considerable weaknesses for the general election. Yet, Obama is very weak, given that the chances of his winning North Carolina, Virginia, and several other states that he won in 2008 are, in my opinion, very small.
Romney has improved his 'game', I think....I have been impressed with his ability to articulate his positions and appear 'Presidential'. But he remains unimpressive to many Republicans, especially on the more conservative side, which is now most of the party! So it will be interesting to see he and Perry battle it out. It would appear that most of the other candidates are out of the game, including Sarah Palin. It's hard to imagine anyone else getting in now. If I were a betting man, I would place it on Rick Perry. Republicans want a 'strong' man, not a reasonable man.
Would it be such a terrible thing if someone like Perry won the Presidency? After all, with a few exceptions, Obama has governed like George W. Bush, in both his foreign and domestic policy. I suppose that's a debatable conclusion, but the basic point has been made by numerous observers recently. So, rather than having a Democrat govern like a Republican, why not have a Republican govern like a Republican? Then, when people realize how dreadful that is in terms of its impact on ordinary people, the Democrats can possibly get their act together and actually elect someone who will govern like a real Democrat!! (Which is what we thought we were getting with Obama, but as the guy in the previous video puts it, he pulled a 'bait and switch' on us.)
Meanwhile, the economy continues to weaken, and people grow more desperate. And no one seems to know what to do. I've been saying this for years now that this is probable course of events, so I'm not surprised. Deeply saddened, of course, but not surprised.