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Who would I vote for (GOP nominee) today?

Posted in politics by Kathy on January 29, 2012

My top choice was Herman Cain, but sadly, he is not running any more. Of the remaining candidates, Rick Santorum is at the top of my list. If he weren’t running, I’d have to go Ron Paul, even though his foreign policy scares me. If Paul had a different foreign policy, he would be my top choice, or very close to it (although I do disagree with him on some other issues as well).

I don’t trust Romney — he was a liberal for far too many years, and (imo) became “conservative” only when it was politically expedient to do so — and that about sums up his character, imo — political expedience, rather than character and backbone. Besides, I think he is least likely to win against Obama, because he’ll be like McCain, only worse — even less likeable, and also bland. He won’t get conservatives fired up and lining up to go to the ballot boxes.

Newt… he’s an excellent debater, but I think he is too much of a “say what I need to get elected” kinda guy (like Romney, but not quite as bad, because Newt does at least have a conservative background and record). But he seems to be pandering to get elected. I think he would be the most effective President, because he knows how Washington works and can get things done… but I’m not sure if I’d always like what he could get done. Plus, he has character issues, and I don’t fully trust him. If he can’t be trusted to take his marriage vows seriously, why should I trust him to take his Oath of Office seriously?

Any of them would be better than Obama, but here’s how I rank them:

Who I’d vote for — Santorum, Paul, Gingrich, Romney

Who would be most effective as President — Gingrich, Romney, Santorum, Paul (although perhaps I should bump Paul up a bit, because he’d veto probably 90% of legislation Congress passed, and that’s probably a good thing, and can be a measure of effectiveness)

Most likely to beat Obama in a general election — Paul, Gingrich, Santorum, Romney

  • Paul gets much of the youth vote, as well as brings in the most liberals, libertarians, and independents, without losing too many conservatives — his anti-government, pro-small government, cut-spending message will resonate with many of us, and hopefully his libertarianism on social matters and his isolationist foreign policy won’t turn off too many (if the choice was between Obama, Paul, and a handful of 3rd-party people).
  • Gingrich is a good campaigner and speaker, and he can get the conservative base fired up (even if it is somewhat empty words), and it’s votes that count, so getting voters fired up is key.
  • Santorum is a rock-solid conservative, so may lose a few independents and centrists, but he’s somewhat small-government (but who isn’t, compared to Obama?), so may keep some libertarians; but the biggest thing he has going for him, is his ability to keep and solidify the conservative base, more so than Paul, probably more so than Gingrich, and certainly more so than Romney. His biggest problem is that he doesn’t generate much enthusiasm from his manner and mannerisms. If he could change that (add a dose of Herman Cain, for instance), he’d probably be better even than Gingrich in this matter.
  • Romney is bland — he can’t get people fired up to vote for him (he’s even struggling in the primary, when he’s outspending his opponents right and left — how much worse will he do when he’s being outspent by the Obama machine?), and that’s a huge problem. McCain’s problem in 2008 was that he induced a yawn in the conservatives, and they didn’t so much vote *for him* as *against Obama*. That doesn’t win elections. From my understanding (and mostly memory) of past elections, the winner is the one who generates the most positive — the most people voting *for* him; and the nominee whose best selling point is, “Vote for me, I’m not the other guy”, loses every time. It happened in every election in my memory, but particularly Dole, Kerry, and McCain.

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  1. Paul said, on January 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Unfortunately, there are no viable GOP candidates. What a pity, that none of them (except Paul) truly address the issues that need to be discussed and resolved.

  2. twinkle said, on February 20, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I believe that it’s going to be Santorum for Pres. or else I think we will be in a world of ‘hurt’ Ron Paul IS scary Oil could go up to 150 to 200 a barrel if Iran gets ‘touchy’ & I dont think Paul could handle that , Gingrich is an out front womanizer Romney is a rino, I also wanted Herman Cain too. BTW i’m one of the 4% that didnt vote for Obama

  3. Paul said, on February 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Do you mean the Santorum that claims that Holland practices “euthanasia” on its elderly?
    The man is so pathetically misinformed about the rest of the world, he truly scares me more than Mr. Paul. And I wasn’t aware that 96% of the people voted for Obama. Now that IS a landslide and a mandate!

    • Kathy said, on February 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Santorum is right about euthanasia. Perhaps it is not so common as you think his statement leads you to believe, but it is happening. I think I may have even blogged about it before, but I know I’ve read a story in which an elderly woman with some terminal disease (lung cancer, I think it was), refused to go to the hospital, because she was concerned she’d be killed there. Her doctor convinced her that he’d take care of her, and treat her and not euthanize her, so she went. When he went off-duty, though, another doctor (unbeknownst to him — the first doctor was completely innocent) came in and killed her. When the first doctor found out, he was furious, but the second doctor shrugged it off, “We needed the bed. She was about to die anyway — what difference did it make if it was today or three days from now?”

      Although Twinkle didn’t state his/her race, I have heard that blacks/African-Americans voted for Obama in overwhelming numbers, around 96% of those who voted, so I would take that knowledge and presume that s/he is black. I would have thought someone so erudite and informed as you would also have that knowledge base and be able to make that connection as well.

      • Paul said, on February 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        First of all regarding euthanasia of the elderly, it also happens in the United States, whether you want to believe that or not. Do you remember Dr. Death? But it is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe amounts of morphine and other pain-killers that would be lethal to ease the sick person’s exit from this world. I would be interested in the source of the story you mentioned. Could you give me a URL, publication name, or story headline?

        Second, I tend not to “presume” anything about what people write in blogs. I have made a fool of myself by doing so and take what people write at face value.And by the way, the percentage of African-Americans that voted for Obama was actually 95% (if we want to be picky)


        • Kathy said, on February 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

          Here ya go — http://www.chninternational.com/Gunning%202006.html

          And I know that it happens in the US: I used to work at a pharmacy, and the local hospice had its account with us, so we dispensed LOTS and LOTS of heavy pain meds, so it’s very easy to see that it could happen; plus my father believed that while his father officially died of colon cancer, the true cause of death was that he needed so much medicine to deal with the cancer pain, that it caused his death, but the *intent* was not to cause death, but to provide palliative care.

          That is one big difference between euthanasia programs carried out with the sanction of the government, and accidental (or even purposeful) overdoses of medication — intentional killing in the Netherlands is carried out with the government’s blessing as long as it’s called “euthanasia”, whereas such deaths in the US had better be accidental, because purposeful overdoses can get prosecuted as murder, and I daresay that even accidental overdoses can be prosecutable, in certain instances (I’m thinking Michael Jackson’s doctor).

    • Kathy said, on February 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Here is a more in-depth look at what Santorum said, and also proof (or lack thereof). I had not read/heard his statements until reading this, but know that Holland does practice euthanasia, and it is officially sanctioned.

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