On a GOP Primary Update

I remain bored with the Republican race for the nomination, yet I try to remain informed. Below are some random thoughts.

Michelle Bachmann is thankfully out, Huntsman (sadly) never caught on, and more will follow her after this Saturday’s South Carolina primary.

Here’s the reason Newt Gingrich didn’t make the ballot in his own state: He’s on a book tour! So, will he vote for Romney or Paul? Not voting is an option, as is voting and leaving that part of the ballot blank.

Although I still have not watched a GOP debate, I heard one interesting sound bite explains a lot. In responding to Gingrich’s accusation of an anti-Gingrich ad from a Romney Super PAC, Mitt Romney said he did not know what was in the ad, and then listed all the points in the ad. The toping on the cake is that none of the other candidates called him out on this.

This year’s race is bizarre. The nominee will face a beatable incumbent, yet the candidates vying for the nomination can’t defeat the beatable leader of the pack.

The Ohio primary is in early March, but I wonder if a race will still be in play at that time. I recently learned that Rick Santorum did not make all ballots in the state. In the end, odds are I will either leave that part of the ballot blank or vote for Jon Huntsman if he remains on the Ohio ballot. Then again, my wild hair side may vote for Santorum just to see the party get annihilated in the fall.

Forget the drama, Mitt Romney will be the nominee, leaving the major question as who will be is VP. Because the far right will not embrace Romney, he will pick someone further to the right so he can play the center – which the far right won’t like, but will ignore.

As for Mitt and my vote, he may have too much to overcome.

As for this independent moderate, being socially liberal and fiscally conservative these days is the Island of No Hope as both parties want my vote, but not my policies. Much can happened between now and November, but I will say this much – the thought of Republican over-reach scares me as I lived it in Ohio and watched it in Wisconsin.

32 thoughts on “On a GOP Primary Update

    • Elyse,
      In my opinion, the Republican Party is currently out of step with so much, and as I said, I worry about their overreach if they had full control. So a vote for Huntsman would be a symbolic vote of protest, and a vote for Santorum would help set up a November landslide. Then again, the race will probably be over by the time the Ohio primary date arrives (early March). Thanks for visiting and asking the question.

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    • Guapo,
      Infuriated, disgusted, and frustrated are very good descriptions. My boredom comes from taking your level and paying less attention in order to not become infuriated, disgusted, and frustrated. As Bugs Bunny would say – what a bunch of maroons! Thanks for stopping by.

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    • MDpolitical,
      Welcome first-time commenter and I hope you return. Two points about Dr. Paul —- 1) He is more consistent than most – if not all. 2) Some of his support are people who are fed up with the main options. Thanks for visiting.

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    • Mags,
      And that’s ok … and I imagine you have your fill of Australian politics … and probably similar stories to share. Meanwhile, most of us (at least self included) don’t know much about Australian politics. Thanks for taking the time to say hi.

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  1. well frank for me anyone but Obama! Bring Hilary back , bring Billy boy hubby back, bring Bush back! Hell Bring Lincoln back from the dead. But not Obama! ANYONE ELSE! I have watched all debates,.the system is broken on campaigning for president!

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    • Kellie,
      I keep seeing the scenario unfolding with Hillary becomes the VP on the ticket … but if they can keep that a secret at least past the Republican convention. Meanwhile, candidacy is about money, money, and more money … thus the DC United case. Oh well … I will keep shaking my head. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Yes I agree that this is a bizarre situation. We should be asking ourselves where are all the qualified candidates? You know, America’s best?
    I’m almost willing to agree fully with Kellie Kennedy above, but I’m a little concerned that if we elect yet another RINO Republican (Which may be where that mentality leads us), we risk having his shifting policies put off the public to a degree that may be devastating to the GOP. GW was a good example of what I’m talking about. He was such a “moderate” conservative that he really helped pave the way for an extremist to make his way into the office of President.

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    • Dink,
      When it comes to RINOs, let us not forget that Ronald Reagan would be a RINO on today’s standards. Then again, liberal or conservative is a reference point. Rick Santorum liberal compared to the John Birch Society. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

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      • I’m afraid I’ll have to respectfully, but absolutely disagree with your assertion on Ronald Reagan. I have heard the case for it, but couldn’t possibly disagree more.
        That being said, I have been giving some thought to this very point as it pertains to the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Those are two men who I have always completely respected, but by the standards that I hold to today, would I vote for them? I don’t know. And that bothers me.

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        • Dink,
          Respectfully disagreeing is fine … and I respect that. Just so you know, I’m not the anti-Reagan type. I may not have always agreed with him and only voted for him once, I still respected him then and today. In terms of Lincoln and T Roosevelt, because the conditions/circumstances were different then than today, don’t beat yourself up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. Hey Frank–what was wrong with Huntsman? That guy seemed like the skinniest kid at Fat Camp. I thought he had everything–intelligence, wit, great overall view of the world and a grasp of the economic situation.
    Why didn’t he get the votes?

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    • Les,
      Here’s my analysis on Huntsman.
      1) Too many Republicans use his position in the current administration as a negative.
      2) He refused to say goofy stuff to appease an audience.
      3) He’s not very exciting.

      Hope that works. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I agree with you that it’s a sad thing to see a candidate like Jon Huntsman drop out of the GOP primary race, but I do think he laid the groundwork for being a viable candidate in 2016. One thing he learned was not to speak Chinese in public, unlike Mitt Romney who made sure not to speak the French he learned when he was a Mormon missionary in Paris. I seem to remember, however, that George W. Bush (to his credit) took pride speaking Spanish in public appearances. Question: If Marco Rubio changes his mind and accepts the VP nod, will he dare to speak Spanish to hispanic audiences?

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    • Tim,
      You share several interesting components of our culture. I did hear this morning about a poll showing Hispanics overwhelming not supporting Republicans. As far as Rubio goes, having him speak Spanish does not sway my opinion as I am beyond that … thus would accept it for what it is if he used it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. I Want Sarah! But not necessarily in a political way. 🙂 Frankly, Frank, I can’t see any of this current GOP crop as President of the United States. I’m staying with Obama.

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    • Hansi,
      I know you want Sarah! For me, the GOP is doing everything it can to convince me not to vote for them. I have a history of leaving portions of my ballot blank … but probably not this November. Thanks for visiting.

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  6. Politics bores me, but your commentary has my attention. Thanks to you I can appear knowledgeable about the subject this Friday at our next monthly poker game that seats me against 6 right-wing extremists…I love taking their money!

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    • John,
      It’s ok to be bored with politics – after all, all topics aren’t of interest to all people. You will generally find me fairly close to the center, thus a tendency to be irritated by both sides – however, the battle cry from the far right I can’t buy into. So keep taking their money! Thanks for visiting

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  7. Ok off the subject of politics Frank I need YOU or someone (other than these CRACK customer service) people to explain something clearly to me about my wordpress account. So confused! Would u willing to email @ abbeynewman1@gmail.com to answer my question and cant get clarified? Place in subject line here to help on WordPress question? ugh!

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    • Kellie,
      And quite the pickle it is. In my opinion, the current political climate is about stalemate for political gain of a few at the expense of many … and there is a lot of blame to go around. Thanks for commenting.

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