The 2012 Presidential Election cycle is beginning to pick up some speed. I would like to offer some thoughts on potential POTUS’s.
First, it should come as no suprise to anyone who knows me that I desire to send President Obama packing. One term of damage is quite enough, thank you. Misguided, contradictory, and hypocritical foreign policy mixed with a horrendous domestic agenda do not a good President make. The Obama fad will have been short lived and We The People will relegate him to nothing more than interesting footnote material.
Now… a quick look at those who have dropped out of the race or have no chance (in my opinion):
He was always kind of a joke and a side show as a potential candidate. But we do owe him a debt of gratitude for being the only person on Earth capable of scaring the White House into actually releasing the infamous birth certificate. He came, he saw, he conquered. And that apparently was all he was meant to do in this election cycle.
I am perhaps one of the few Christians who really did not like Huckabee. This stems from his run in 2008. I honestly do not remember the specifics, but there were some shady things he did in that campaign that really left a bad taste in my mouth. Apparently so much so, that I still don’t really like the guy. It might also partly be because I had a bad experience with whoever was running his Facebook page at the time. I don’t really like having my posts deleted for no good reason. 🙂 Overall, his politics didn’t really appeal to me either. He seemed to be a little too comfortable with the idea of Government power (read:intrusion).
He has proven to be pretty spot on when it comes to domestic spending and the economy in general. But, unfortunately, he still sounds like a whack job when he talks about foreign policy. My opinion, of course.
Smart guy, known for being a true Idea Man and a creative political thinker. But he effectively took himself out of the race by seeming to be uneccesarrily critical of Paul Ryan’s budget proposal (which is supported by most fiscal conservatives). Newt has been known to flip flop on several issues over time…which is not in and of itself a bad thing, but he has left us with no clear idea of where he stands. The Ryan debacle is just the latest in a long line of mis-steps that doom his candidacy from the outset.
In part two of this post, I will look at the current field of actual contenders.