I have long maintained that this current slate of Republican presidential candidates is a joke and they deserve to lose to President Obama in November. The most credible candidate, in my opinion, was Jon Huntsman, but he was weighted down by the negative perception of working for President Obama as ambassador to China, as well as his stance on climate change and evolution. These were non-issues in my view, but hey, that’s me. If Newt Gingrich, who has serious moral shortcomings and a very weak Mitt Romney are the best the Republican Party has to offer, then sorry, I’ll take my chances with President Barack Obama for a second term.
Mitt Romney is at a serious disadvantage in appealing to blue collar Americans, the Latino and black communities. Heck, he can’t even appeal to the right wing evangelical wing-nuts in the Republican Party. Pulling out his tax returns, after he kicked and screamed against doing so, is going to reinforce the opinions of people on Main Street. He’s out of touch with the realities we face and he is an elitist. How many of us have the luxury of a Swiss bank account, or money in the Cayman Islands or even paying a 13.9% tax rate? Therein lies Mitt Romney Achilles heel and he won’t overcome that deficit any time soon.
As for the current GOP field, it’s like confronting a terminal diagnosis. There may be an apparent range of treatments: conventional (Romney), experimental (Gingrich), homeopathic (Paul) or prayerful (Santorum). But none will avail you in the end. Just try to exit laughing.
That’s my theory for why South Carolina gave Newt Gingrich his big primary win on Saturday: Voters instinctively prefer the idea of an entertaining Newt-Obama contest—the aspiring Caesar versus the failed Redeemer—over a dreary Mitt-Obama one. The problem is that voters also know that Gaius Gingrich is liable to deliver his prime-time speeches in purple toga while holding tight to darling Messalina’s—sorry, Callista’s—bejeweled fingers. A primary ballot for Mr. Gingrich is a vote for an entertaining election, not a Republican in the White House.
Then there is Mitt Romney, even now the presumptive nominee. If Mr. Gingrich demonstrated his unfitness to be a serious Republican nominee with his destructive attacks on private equity (a prime legacy of the Reagan years), Mr. Romney has demonstrated his unfitness by—where to start? Source: Wall Street Journal
Sorry, but the Republican alternative to President Barack Obama promises to be another fiasco like George W. Bush. I would venture to say, I would be willing to vote for a credible Republican candidate, who personifies the issues important to me, but the hypocrisy emanating from the two frontrunners — Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — makes me want to puke. If you want to win an election, um, then please, don’t run with losers.