I didn’t watch the Republican debate the other night. That’s the beauty of the Internet, I can watch it on my time rather than theirs.
I did watch it though and one thing struck me through the whole thing. Something that really surprised me: There wasn’t a lot of dancing around the issues. The hosts unsurprisingly peppered the candidates with questions they intended to be “gotcha” questions and none of the candidates, in my opinion, shied away from calling them out and addressing the issues head on.
I’d never deign to try to tell anyone else who to support, but I thought I’d put a couple of thoughts out there for discussion if anyone is inclined.
1. Why does Rick Perry seem to have a lot of support from tea party types? He strikes me as just another big government Republican…just like Romney.
He says what he thinks we want to hear, but if he gets elected, I get the distinct feeling that it will just be business as usual in DC: Ever growing, ever encroaching government, just growing a bit more slowly and with a slightly different flavor than under a Democrat administration.
2. Romney: see my objections to Perry. Add RomneyCare, history of support for gun control and his tax and spend policies as governor and you’ve got a no-win situation in my mind.
2. What is it about Michelle Bachmann that strikes me as…off? Her voting record is excellent, she supports all the right things for me to support her, she doesn’t sound like a babbling moron when she speaks in public, but something just bugs me about her. The bad thing is that I can’t even put my finger on what it is. Someone help me out here.
3. Santorum is out of his depth.
4. I really like Herman Cain, but that doesn’t mean I think he’d make a good president. The jury’s still out on that one.
5. Is Ron Paul as grumpy and inarticulate in real life as he appears in every public appearance I’ve ever seen him in? I hope he doesn’t win the primary because, if for no other reason, the general election is as much popularity contest as about the issues. Ron Paul will lose that battle.
6. Gingrich is another big party Republican. I’d expect business as usual with him as well. Plus his obvious contempt for the “little people”, including his expressed disdain for the tea party, pretty much takes him right out of the running for me.
7. Huntsman. Seriously? If he doesn’t have the intellectual equipment necessary to see through the Global Warming hoax, he doesn’t have what it takes to get my vote. I can forgive a democrat for publicly supporting the AGW hoax…most of the people they have to fool into voting for them have bought into it (although the numbers are dwindling daily)…but for someone to buck the trend of the voters they are trying to win over in support of it MUST be a True Believer…which is a scary thought.
I can picture him in another time losing his butt investing in Snake Oil futures and Perpetual Motion machines.
At any rate, I mostly wrote this down just to help me clarify thoughts in my own head…but any input or other opinions are welcome. Even if they’re wrong.