August 14, 2011

So, what about Santorum, Cain, Huntsman and McCotter?

Pawlenty Drops Out of Presidential Race After Disappointing Straw Poll Finish

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As a parting gift I will give props to T-Paw for one of the great lines of the primary season: "We know what America needs but unfortunately, Barack Obama has absolutely no clue. He is like a manure spreader in a windstorm."

Maybe it's only because I've used a manure spreader and can imagine doing it in a windstorm but I think that line should be co-opted by the rest of the field - at least in rural states.

2012 Posted by JohnGalt at August 14, 2011 11:33 AM

The Iowa straw poll is the pre-season football to an election. We all tune in to watch, but when the playoffs come around, nobody remembers or cares.

The trouble for T-Paw is that he went all in. He spent a million dollars and all month to get clocked. Rick Perry announces the same day, is not on the ballot, and gets 1/3 of his vote total. Ow.

I remain undeterred in the Gov Jon Huntsman juggernaut. The Iowa GOP is too socially conservative for my candidate's finely nuanced positions on gay rights. On to New Hampshire!

Posted by: jk at August 14, 2011 12:49 PM

It just hit me. There are 69 other people who like Huntsman? Was that a misprint?

Jazz Shaw was tweeting Thaddeus McCotter jokes throughout his speech, but at the end he apologized and said that McCotter actually made a lot of sense. I know nothing of him and missed the speech myself. But being on the Huntsman bandwagon, I can't very well abandon for a guy who only got the half the votes.

Posted by: jk at August 14, 2011 12:58 PM

Fox News reported yesterday that the Bachmann campaign bought 6,000 tickets and gave them to supporters for admission. This tells me two things: (1) over 1,000 people got tickets from the campaign and didn't vote for Newsweek's Queen of Rage; (2) the voting is absolutely irrelevant.

Jk, the biggest knock on Huntsman is that whenever somebody asks a Democratic pol about the Republican field they always say that Huntsman is the only sensible candidate. I don't find that encouraging.

Posted by: hb at August 14, 2011 4:03 PM

The field is set. It's time for Three Sourcers to take a position. The Refugee will initially place a hand on the Perry bandwagon, while confessing that Perry may be just the thing to make Romney look good. Talk about a backhanded endorsement.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 14, 2011 6:45 PM

Can I get back to you in a couple of days, Brother br? The election is 15 months out, and Gov. Perry has just entered. And I'd be a lowdown, West Texas, lyin' snake in the grass if I did not admit that his introductory speech contained some gems.

The President's rapidly falling poll numbers make me think this decision might be less symbolic than I surmised. If Romney really is the most "electable" (prob'ly true) who would dispute that he's a far lesser evil (is there a prize for first use?) than the President?

That said, Brother jg's Minnesota dynamo was very strong in her FOX News Sunday appearance yesterday. She handles and defends herself extremely well. If I may be so genderist as to compare her to a certain former Alaska Gov, Rep. Bachmann can be folksy without appearing (sorry, I am going to say it) "ditzy." Katie Couric is not going to get a deer-in-the-headlights look from her.

And Brother hb is right that that Governor Huntsman's friends are far more worrisome than his enemies. I first heard of him in the midst of a sortof-endorsement from Gov. Howard Dean. Ow.

Posted by: jk at August 15, 2011 11:27 AM

JK, there's plenty of time for all of us to switch ponies between now and convention time, and The Refugee reserves the right to do so.

The Refugee is increasingly impressed with Bachmann for many reasons, but having original, insightful solutions to difficult problems is not among them. She is principled in her stands, which makes here a reliable vote for The Good Guys - an endearing quality in the House. Unfortunately, she is little more than a talking-points candidate. Pawlenty's critique of her inexperience and lack of signature achievement is spot-on. The Refugee fears that a Bachmann nomination could be a [Colorado Republican gubanatorial candidate] Dan Maes redux on a national level with Donald Trump playing the part of Tom Tancredo.

The Refugee now looks forward to getting an ear-full from JG.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 15, 2011 12:06 PM

I gots no crystal ball. And I've been pondering a link to the story on Bachmann's straw poll victory that included lots of social conservative pablum as a sort-of "uh oh." As I said, I'd prefer John Bolton but acknowledge he's sort of an egghead's egghead.

I'll keep trying to highlight the plusses and minuses of all the candidates and understand that a few tens of thousands of GOP activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina are likely to make the decision for we denizens of flyover country. Fortunately, this time, John McCain and Mike Huckabee ain't runnin'.

Posted by: johngalt at August 15, 2011 3:16 PM

Hrrrrm. I think you are right. While none of the 2012 candidates wow me, none scare me. I'd put any one of their bumper stickers on my car.

But are we giving Gov. Romney a pass? I voted for McCain to block him in 2008.

Posted by: jk at August 15, 2011 3:28 PM

Interestin'. I was strongly for Romney in '08 but deeply disinterested in him now. At the same time the bar has been both raised and lowered. Raised by the change in the national debate brought about by the TEA Party; lowered by the depth of depravity of the opponent.

My greatest fear in defeating Obama is the possibility of getting a RINO that doesn't materially dismantle at least part of the government juggernaut. "See, things are no better with a Republican president." America really does need what leftist Kevin Drum calls, "the dumbest, toughest, meanest, godliest sonofabitch in the field." Well, maybe not godliest.

Posted by: johngalt at August 15, 2011 3:39 PM

Drum's come out for Perry? That was unexpected...

Posted by: jk at August 15, 2011 3:44 PM

Perry is saying all of the right things about dismantling government, but his record is a bit more checkered. Nevertheless, he currently seems to be the best hope in that regard. If or how he worships is not important, but if he says something like, "This is what God wants me to do," then even The Refugee will cringe.

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