The Myth of Bad Republican Candidates

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    January 11, 2012
    The Myth of Bad Republican Candidates
    By Selwyn Duke

    Repeat a big Democrat talking point often enough, and it becomes the truth. There is a certain liberal narrative that has recently filtered down to many independents and even some conservatives: the idea that the current crop of Republican candidates is weak, wanting, and worrisome. The lament is, "Hell's bells, the guy in the White House is out of his depth, but what alternatives does the GOP offer?" The idea, I suppose, is that we might as well just re-elect Barack Obama. At least he has four years of golfing, government-growing, and greenback-gobbling experience.

    This characterization of the Republican field much reminds me of the gratuitous criticism of the U.S. by the hate-America-first crowd. Okay, you say America is a bad country. Compared to what? Some imaginary Utopia that will never exist? Because in the real world, the U.S. has been besting her competition for a long time.

    Many repeat the statist talking point about the GOP contenders' alleged ineptitude simply because of media spin and the branding iron of repetition. Yet others do, in fact, have unrealistic expectations. They have in mind an ideal, a utopia of a politician -- a person who agrees with them on every major issue, possesses eloquence and decent looks, and has never strayed from ideological purity. And when this imaginary figure doesn't appear, they ask, "Is this the best our political class has to offer?!"

    Yet to what are we comparing these candidates? And are we being mindful of Bismarck's sage observation that "[p]olitics is the art of the possible"? For even insofar as a true traditionalist's ideal candidate does exist -- and this is important to understand -- he could not win election given the current state of our culture.

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    Gee. Too bad they didn't do this when Barry was running.

    Talk about bad candidates for POTUS.
     
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    Oh, please, guy.

    This is the weakest feild of GOP Candidates I've seen in 32 years of being involved in politics.
     
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    I've said this before.

    If the name Cass Sunstein sounds familiar you would not be surprised to that he is a member of the Obama Administration.

    This is how Democrats pulled the wool over our eyes with respect to Global Warming, TARP, the Stimulus Bill, Health Care Reform, etc,.

    It may have had something to do with the housing crash and the banking crisis.

    If you want one crisis after another just give Obama 4 more years. It's a given.
     
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    I guess you fell for it then.
     
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    Why would Democrats want to do it to themselves??:eusa_shifty:
     
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    Really? You'd prefer an old actor who was governor and a washed up MI congressman?
    No, the article was spot on. The truth is we have a pretty accomplished slate of candidates. You'd never know it because the press constantly belittles them and their achievments. But they are all very bright people with tremendous records.
     
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    Claiming that this is not a weak field is either an exercise in abject denial or intellectual dishonesty. Maybe both.

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    This would actually explain pretty well Ron Paul's surge, which was a mystery to me. But the truth is that on internet circles etc the lie is repeated that Paul is somehow different from everyone else, that he will accomplish great things, despite a 30 year record of running his mouth and not much more.
     
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    OK, who would you prefer to see.
    (this ought to be good).
     

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