The 2012 election will be interesting. This past Monday, June 13th, the GOP show cased their potential 2012 candidates in a debate televised on CNN. After all the pomp and circumstance, it appears to be a race to the bottom. Sadly, it appears the Mormon is the only sane one in the bunch! 2012 election, interesting indeed!
Michele Bachmann – Appears to be the one that stole the show in the debate. She is the chair of the Tea Party Caucus in congress. She at least had the cojones to admit she was wrong for her historical faux pas on Concord. Contrast this to Sarah Palin, who doubles down on her idiotic statements on history. Her [Sarah Palin] staff, actually tried to get Wikipedia to rewrite history on Paul Revere’s ride to warn the patriots, not the British. Michele Bachmann is seen as part of lunatic fringe.
Herman Cain actually had the nerve to state that he was “uncomfortable” hiring Muslim Americans or appointing one to his administration if he got elected; really? He of all people should not be spewing this type of intolerance. Talk about pandering to the right! This type of xenophobia is kryptonite to the eventual Republican nominee. Mr. Cain’s hard right rhetoric is part of the Republican narrative of intolerance and fear-mongering. Something they [Republicans] are good at. Mr. Cain, you should be ashamed for stoking fear in the heart of those looking for a reason to hate. The 2012 election will still use fear thanks to the GOP.
Newt Gingrich, now it really gets interesting. His top staffers quit on mass last week because of his unconventional campaign style. Mr.Gingrich, immediately upon announcing his candidacy takes a luxury cruise to the Greek Islands. And actually has the nerve to call Pres. Obama an elitist. Don’t look for Newt to be a player in 2012 election.
Sarah Palin – ironically, she has the best name recognition out of all the potential candidates. Palin is not running in 2012 election, she’s busy crossing the nation in her America motor home. Given her interpretation of Paul Revere’s ride, how can anyone take her seriously? It’s doubtful she will run. She’s the Tea Party mascot and a shrill for the right in the 2012 election. She is also seen as part of the lunatic fringe.
Tim Pawlenty – The former Minnesota governor is seen as a contender in 2012 election. Most people don’t know who he is. He is a social and fiscal conservative as well as pro-life. Has conservative credentials, doubtful he will win the nomination.
Rick Santorum – Staunch social and fiscal conservative and supporter of Paul Ryan’s medicare reform. He is Catholic and anti-gay. Not well known outside of Pennsylvania. Has conservative credentials, his campaign is seen as a long shot in 2012 election. Doubtful to win GOP nomination.
Mitt Romney – He doesn’t seem to be as conservative as he likes put on. He had to deal with the albatross of the health care reform he enacted in Massachusetts while he was governor. Ironically, the Mormon is making more sense than the rest of the field. His health care program is the model used by the Obama administration for national health care reform. He will have a tough time winning over the conservative right-wing of the party. He is the presumed front runner in the 2012 election.
Immigration was a big issue that come up in the debate. Some states are writing legislation on their own. Case in point, the state of Alabama wrote sweeping immigration legislation. Alabama’s legislation is draconian and makes Arizona’s law look weak by comparison. Immigration is an area that the GOP is extremely vulnerable. They will pay dearly in lost votes in the 2012 election. It’s amazing to this writer that the GOP doesn’t court this crucial constituency more aggressively.
In short, it’s a race to the bottom in the GOP for the 2012 election. So many of them delayed announcing their candidacy and some have yet to gain traction in getting their message out to the electorate. Some imploded [Newt Gingrich] before they were out of the gate. Unless Pres. Obama does something really stupid (and that’s not his character), he has a good chance at re-election. If unemployment does not improve, Pres. Obama will have a hard time.
The Republicans on the other hand took the house in 2010 promising jobs. They have yet to fulfill that promise. The 2012 election appears to be shaping up as a referendum on jobs, or the lack thereof. We have seventeen months before the fat lady signs. We’ll just have to see what happens.