If one more “expert” commentator voices the crackpot view that Republicans have been deprived of the chance to choose among “the best” candidates for president, namely, Thune, Christie, Daniels, Barbour, Ryan, Jindal, Rubio, et al., please bring me an air-sickness bag.
That means you, Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, and all you other self-important inside-the-beltway talkers. (Radio talk-show hosts, you’re a lost cause. You are so transparent that it’s embarrassing—your goal is ratings, pure and simple.)
I am absolutely disgusted with the endless drumbeat about the “weak field” of GOP candidates for president. In my books, a weak candidate is one who has never even tried to win. That means you, John Thune, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, et al. If you had any guts, you would at least get behind a Republican candidate who does have the nerve to run. So, kudos to Thune, Christie, and Jindal, who have stood up and lent their support to flesh-and-blood candidates. A pox on the rest of you and your quixotic endorsers!
That guy I never dated is perfect. He would have performed superlatively in every debate. He would have a stellar conservative record, not a blemish on it anywhere. He would never have changed his mind on anything, no way. No gaffe would have emanated from his lips. He would be telegenic, quick with the quip, ultra-pure in his principles, and able and willing to beat Obama to a pulp rhetorically. He would be a “he”—no woman need apply (weak, unstable, and, oh, that voice, that makeup!). He would be accessible, fun, and friendly, but also commanding, competent, and intelligent. He would be a man of the people, yet also a super-smart politician. No professional compromises or personal scandals would mar his record, zip, zero, nada. What a dreamboat he would be.
How easy it is to speculate on the wonderfulness of an imagined candidate. How hard it is to come to terms with a real man or woman who is actually running for the office of president.
Each of the real-world candidates has been subjected to an MRI of intellect, history, character, experience, persona, physicality, speech, and family. I am not objecting to this examination. But I am heaping scorn on the effete snobs who seek to protect their own reputations as political cognoscenti by hedging their bets on non-candidates who might have been. Enough already. It’s January 2012. The if only’s and might have been’s are self-serving, tiresome, and pointless.
Each of the so-called “best” candidates has made it clear that there is a priority more important to him than the presidency. Be it wife, family, congressional duties as senator or representative, gubernatorial office, earning power, or other professional activity. None of the non-candidates has made the presidency his highest priority.
That will not do. You don’t want to wake up the day after the election and realize he’s just not that into you.
30 December 2011
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