Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Catch A Fire"

I watched some of the Republican debate tonight. I think its time for some of the candidates that haven't caught fire as yet in the polls to start to consider calling it a day (and night) and leave the presidential field. I'm talking about John Huntsman, and Rick Santorum for starters. It is time to wake up and smell the coffee as they say AND if you can't currently poll 5% then unfortunately, the reality is you as candidates are taking up space on the debate stage.Both John Huntsman and Rick Santorum have some "good qualities" BUT, they haven't "caught fire" with the Republican voters. The Republican nominee is going to be either Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, or Newt Gingrich; in my opinion.

Of these three, Herman Cain has no direct elected government experience but does have Federal Reserve experience and experience in the "real world" as he actually worked in the private sector and had to deal with real world issues. Herman Cain does not seem to have much experience in foreign policy matters which may hamper him as time goes by. Mr. Cain does seem to have a  "regular guy" personality which is part of his current appeal.

Newt Gingrich, it seems to me, is probably the smartest candidate or perhaps tied for the smartest. Smartness is a quality that Democrats seem to hold in high value even though some of their "smart" politicians seem to have no common sense or subscribe to somewhat "anti-business, anti-capitalist,pro-big government" views which hamper economic progress and thus aren't a smart view of the world. Newt does have some personal "baggage" in the view of some which may affect his electability. Newt would be an innovative nominee and could more than "hold his own" against President Obama during the presidential debate cycle because he is "quite frankly" far "smarter" than Obama.

Mitt Romney to me has a fine debating style, a fine resume of both public and private sector experience that would be helpful in "turning this economy" and country around through creating a pro-growth atmosphere. Democrats seem to be focused on income distribution more than income expansion. Democrats are more concerned with "cutting up the economic pie" of the private sector rather than "expanding the pie" which would create more income and jobs for all. Democrats would prefer "shared misery" of a static and slow economy over making a robust business climate for an expanding economy. Romney does appear at present to probably attract the most independent voter support.

Who will "catch the final fire" an win the Republican nomination?  No one knows for sure but at present to me the nominee will be one of the three; Romney, Cain or Gingrich. None of these three is a "perfect candidate" but all would be an improvement over the current president.

What do you think?