December 30, 2011
The long-time speechwriter turned columnist, Peggy Noonan, is an establishment Republican in a skirt. Today's Wall Street Journal column asserts that the best Republican candidiates didn't run, enumerating Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, Haley Barbour and John Thune. Now there's a list of exciting guys for you. Do you know who they are? Their credentials perhaps? There's not a president in that list. Each has publicly said he did not want the job. I accept that as a serious disqualification for consideration.
Notice who Noonan left out? Chris Christie. Oversight of a slightly senile writer perhaps? Or deliberate slap at a conservative? Anyone else? Florida's new Senator, Marco Rubio, is a sure-thing as an eventual Republican candidate. He's got "it" and is already being touted by many conservative but not by Noonan or the Establishment she represents.
If Romeny had Christie's or Rubio's personality (or even a personality), Obama would be toast. Instead, we're getting McCain & Dole redux in Romney. Smart, experienced and dull to run against a cool, slick Obama. The Republican Establishment gets what it deserves. The problem is that we don't deserve what they offer us.
As it is, no matter who runs for the Republicans, it will likely be a fairly close election. I doubt it will be a landslide against Obama because of the NAM voters, the suppression of the military voters and whatever other skulduggery the Chicogo thugs concoct.
Happy New Year!