“Is That All You’ve Got?”

jim They’re falling like flies and there seems to be nothing the party can do about it.

Im talking about potential Republican presidential candidates. Each week the list of 2012 hopefuls is reduced by at least one.

Last week it was Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. The week prior it was the love struck Governor from South Carolina, Mark Sanford, saying adios to his presidential aspirations. And the week before that another promising presidential candidate, the junior Senator from Nevada, John Ensign,  just couldn’t keep his libido under control.

And how old is John Ensign? I read that his parents gave the family a mere $96,000 hush money to keep their baby boy out of trouble. What happened to “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?”

It must be something in the water. There can be no other credible explanation. Unless, of course, you point to the fact that the Republican party is in complete disarray with no clear message.

Sarah Palin has been praised as a front runner for the 2012 campaign; capable of energizing the base and raising money. But her sudden resignation as a first term Governor doesn’t bode well for her chances to be the next Republican contender for the White House.

And I don’t understand her appeal to “the base” when first selected by Senator McCain as his running mate. From the moment she opened her mouth it was obvious to any intelligent political observer that she lacked the qualifications to be Vice President. And the more she spoke the more evident it became that she would never attain the qualifications to be President.

If you listened to her recent press conferences attempting to explain her sudden resignation you would understand the need for a third.

Clearly not presidential material.

If this was the best the GOP has to offer then what about the rest?

The South Carolinian had been mentioned as a top candidate but he kissed, and fondled, and hugged his chances good-bye. Even the Republicans realize that the American people cannot forgive his hypocrisy; his affair, yes, but not his hypocrisy. They’ve just told him to take a hike and given him a map to the Appalachian Trail.

So I would ask the GOP, “Is that all you’ve got?”

It was evident in the election of 2006 that the Republicans were losing their grip on the politics of this country. And the 2008 election, after the disastrous two terms of the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress, proved that the growing independent voters were tired of inanity prevalent during the Republican rule.

The remaining field of possible Republican candidates is a disaster. The party is so disjointed that, despite the weaknesses of the Democratic majority, none are capable of beating Obama in the 2012 election.

Of the new and upcoming hopefuls only one emerges as a believable challenger. That is Tim Pawlenty, the Governor of Minnesota, who seems to be the only one that truly understands the current situation in this country and has an idea of what to do about it.

And another who has been mentioned, Bobby Jindal pretty much blew his chances with his childish story-telling response to Obama’s first State of the Union address. I’ve heard that he is a pretty smart guy and a fairly good Governor. But it sure was not apparent that night.

So what does that mean? It means that the GOP is sorting through old, tired candidates who may appeal to those on the right but are of very little interest to independent voters like myself. Their ideas were tired then and those ideas led us to the damage for which we decided to choose another direction.

Mitt Romney couldn’t even beat a candidate who understood nothing about what this country needed. Newt Gingrich is a hypocrite who wants to drill, drill, drill; a backward thinking position, an indication of his lack of vision. And he still thinks a trillion dollars for an unnecessary war was the proper thing to do.  We are in definite need of vision, not the old, myopic ideas of a Newt Gingrich.

While searching for the potential 2012 Republican hopefuls, watching the spokesmen for the party, Michael Steele at the RNC, Representative’s Eric Cantor and John Boehner, Senator Mitch McConnell, mouthpieces like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and O’Reilly, it is easy to see the problems the disjointed GOP is facing. It’s so obvious to an unbiased outside observer.

The Republicans have NO game!

In spite of the weaknesses of the Democratic party, being the party of NO is not helping the American people. This country has a lot of things to fix. Saying no to everything after having your chance and screwing it up is definitely not the answer.

They have three years to get things right. But judging from the choices they’ve already made it’s going to be a rough three years.

And if Sarah Palin is their choice? God help them!

And, if she is their eventual selection it begs the question, “Is That All You’ve Got?

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