keep your friends close but your enemies closer
Published on January 14, 2012 By Anthony R In Republican

Well, the Republican primaries have been quite interesting and I've seen quite enough to fully decide who I'm voting for. Its easy to know who I can vote for by excluding all those I could never vote for, such as Newt Gingrich. All the Romney pac did was remind people who Gingrich was/is, and that was too much for Gingrich, so he came out bellyaching and feigning outrages of outrages on TV which only helped to hammer home the attack ads of Romney. Newt is a hypocritical, pompous, duplicitous, and irrevocably damaged candidate who wasn't even liked by fellow Republicans. Its hard to take him seriously when he rails against Romney as a "Massachusetts moderate," when he himself cut a commercial with Nancy Pelosi on global warming. Next up is Rick Perry, who has delivered historical performances which left him looking as intelligent as a cantaloupe. Santorum ran a fine campaign, but I've always viewed his as a little too hotheaded. We need someone a little more even-tempered than Rick Santorum. Next up is John Huntsman and Ron Paul. Huntsman to me is like a white Obama who speaks Chinese. Why bother voting at all? Huntsman isn't much different than Obama to me. Then there is Ron Paul who is the most peculiar candidate I ever encountered. On one hand, he makes a lot of sense and I admire him for stating his beliefs without focus groups or polls. He says what he believes and lets the chips fall where they may. In politics that is rare, but then he begins to talk foreign policy and seems almost completely divorced and detached from reality. For instance, he seems to think that Iran is completely non threatening to the United States. Its hard to take such a position seriously when the Iranian people have a holiday called, "death to America Day." And there is no way I could cast a vote for a man who doesn't believe America should have fought World War II. This leaves Mitt Romney as the only viable, plausible President. He has flaws, but he is a former Governor and he is a successful businessman who looks the part, and unlike Obama who just stands around posing or vacationing, can actually play the part. So that's it. Mitt Romney it is.


Comments (Page 1)
on Jan 14, 2012

Huntsman to me is like a white Obama who speaks Chinese.

What makes you think that and since when is speaking additional languages not a good thing? Particular when it the language used by a country with which we have a very complex political and economic relationship? Maybe you should look at Huntman's record as Gov of Utah. When I looked it over it seems to be for the most part fiscally and socially conservative with a few blemishes. Romney is all over the map. Hard to compare records since Mass. is very different politically then Utah. Overall the biggest problem I have with Romney is that he will say and do anything to get into office so it is very difficult to figure out what he stands for other than himself. A lot like Gingrich in that one regard however not overall since my opinion of Gingritch is similar to yours.....I will never vote for him and actually will readily vote against him in any election.

 

on Jan 14, 2012

I don't think its bad that Huntsman speaks Chinese... What I basically meant was that he is really no better than voting for Obama, imo. Huntsman speaks glowingly about Obama, worked for him, and seems to absolutely adore him. That's not really what I have in mind when I vote. As for your negative opinion on Romney, at least Romney has some real world dirt under his fingernails and some actual understanding about jobs and their creation, unlike Huntsman, Obama, Gingrich, and the rest of the posers in this race. Although I'm also not naive enough to believe that my vote is a deciding factor. I just enjoy going out and putting my vote in even though at this point Romney seems inevitable.

 

on Jan 15, 2012

Anthony R
some actual understanding about jobs and their creation, unlike Huntsman

I don't adhere to your "understanding about jobs and their creation" line of BS. Venture capital is about creating individual wealth for the investors not about creating jobs. Both Huntsman and Romney have Gov. experience and Huntsman actually did well enough to win two terms. If you want data on how politicians foster job creation from within government that is where you look-at their records as Governors. He had the best approval ratings I've ever seen...As high as 90% at times and left that office with an approval rating over 80%. Must have done something right wouldn't you say?  He also served in the commerce dept. of Bush Sr. dealing with trade policy. I don't know about you but my industry thrives on trade policy.   

Anthony R
Huntsman speaks glowingly about Obama, worked for him, and seems to absolutely adore him

Maybe Huntsman is actually not afraid to give an honest opinion? Has more loyalty to the people than his party? Could that actually be possible? He has worked for Reagan and both Bush's so I don't think he is a Republicrat. Both parties are the same anyhow....Main objective for both parties->support the party and the big monied interests that support them. The only difference is one supports a little more personal welfare in addition to the corporate welfare and the other supports a little less personal welfare and more corporate welfare. My main objective is actually my only objective...Keep both parties from controlling everything. In any case I like people who have actually shown that they can function well working within either party's administration. People like Bob Gates, Colin Powell etc. They actually have the skill set required to get constructive things done in a two party system.

Anthony R
What I basically meant was that he is really no better than voting for Obama, imo.

And you think Romney is? Well maybe you either run a hedge fund or a bank?

on Jan 15, 2012

It would seem as though you support Huntsman, and you've also bought into this whole bogus class warfare argument.. I agree with you on one point, we do need a Governor this time around and not a lawmaker who generally hides in a legislative body where he basically gets away with doing nothing, or voting present like our current vacationer in chief Obama. All this seems somewhat pointless now as Romney is all but inevitable, especially with desperate Newt and Rick Perry self destructing and cutting class warfare campaign commercials for Obama. Its time to turn this all around and I wouldn't rely on a guy like Huntsman to do it, especially with his soft China policies. He seems to have no problems with our trade deficit or China's manipulation of currency,  for that reason alone I consider him extremely weak. Then factor in his glowing reviews of Obama and we are talking disaster. More of the same. And remember, Palin had a 90% approval in Alaska until she became a VP candidate and went under the microscope. We have vetted Romney already in a national campaign and there won't be any surprises. He has flaws, but hes generally a good man and would make a good President.

on Jan 15, 2012

For instance, he seems to think that Iran is completely non-threatening to the United States. It’s hard to take such a position seriously when the Iranian people have a holiday called, "death to America Day."
I'll bet they aren’t very big on Christmas either ... so what. We viewed the USSR as an empire of evil with thousands of nukes and plenty of long range delivery systems including nuke submarines off our coastlines. What are the Iranians going to do, swim over here and kill us as we sleep, get a grip. As long as there are nuclear weapons, there will be a proliferation of them and they will, if not already, fall into the hands of people with ‘less’ scruples than the benign USG, the only government in the world to actually use nukes in a war as WMD’s. It is just a matter of time. Personally, I would be much more concerned with Pakistan … they already have the nukes, no guesswork involved. I want our people Home and out of the war for profit business … I am voting for Ron Paul and I agree, our initial involvement in Europe was totally a financial decision on the part of the USG … if you think that makes it just, we just have a DOO is all. We have current situations that require immediate solutions or at least a pointer in the right direction. With his candor and constitutional stands, I think he could actually control the Executive branch for a change and not be some illiterate mouthpiece for the powers that be. I could not vote for Romney either.

on Jan 15, 2012

I would just sit it out if Ron Paul were the candidate. He seems to be a true dove in the vain of Carter and Chamberlain and that's truly dangerous for security. At least Obama seems to understand that part of the job. Terrorists have been dropping like flies all over the world under Obama's watch and I'm sure that would end under Paul. That's the Presidents first responsibility and the first consideration for casting a vote, imo.

on Jan 15, 2012

That does seem to be the American way ... my way or nothing. Carter was an idiot and Chamberlain was a traitor ... I think you are just off base here. I am much more impresses with voting records than wishy washy PC policics and conjectures. If you think we need to poke our big nose into everyone elses business ... RP wouldn't be the one to vote fo. thats for sure. Santorum seems to have a similar agenda ...

Just in case you wanted to know why we invite these things on ourselves ... defending Our People, I think not. He doesn't think Obama is doing so good???

 

 

on Jan 15, 2012

Anthony R
you've also bought into this whole bogus class warfare argument

Actually I was born into a society where class "warfare" as you call it has always existed. It exists in almost every society I know except maybe some of the tribal areas of places like Papua New Guinea. In places like that they simply have tribal warfare. In most modern societies you have classes of one sort or another. We may have more mobility than many other societies to move amongst the classes however some things make it easier and somethings make it harder to do so. I'm not holding my breath however to see the ruling class change their status though. You should look at recent class mobility statistics from around the world. You will probably be quite surprised. The class warfare deniers seem to be very good warriors themselves. Just take a listen to Gingrich.

Anthony R
t would seem as though you support Huntsman

I don't actively support him however I do like people who actually do (or at least try to do) what they say because the rest are simply contestants in what they think is a popularity contest. I do not like phonies so that really only leaves Paul and Huntsman IMO. So we are left with the economy which has more to do with what the a-holes in congress are not doing and foreign affairs in which although I agree with some of Ron Paul's Ideals, I really don't think they are realistic when I look at what is actually happening in the world. Support Huntsman No. More likely to vote for than the others.Yes.

Anthony R
I agree with you on one point, we do need a Governor

I don't believe it is a qualification...Simply easier to analyze the record because the voting records of legislators are much more complex.Bush Sr. was 1000% better than his son and was not a Governor. He had foreign policy experience and understanding and that is actually the qualification I look for (as well as what their foreign policy stance is as well) . Most candidates don't have much of that so then I look at whether I think they will listen to others or not.

Anthony R
All this seems somewhat pointless now as Romney is all but inevitable

Nothing is inevitable or pointless simply because the pundits say so. They have been saying Romney from the get-go for a reason and the reason is not because he is best for you or me. It is because they think he is best for them. Only you can decide what is best in your eyes unless you decide to drink the various flavors of kool-aid that are out there. It comes in many flavors. Saying something is inevitable really means "why don't the rest of you just stay home". Then those with the money fund the "inevitable" so they can buy their piece of the pie.

Anthony R
especially with his soft China policies.

He was an ambassador so the policies are not his. Remember...Ambassadors are simply "information gatherers" amongst their other normal duties and not much more. Trade policy is difficult. As far as his stance on China what do you suggest? Tariffs and a trade war? How about comparing his stance with Romney's? As if Romney even has the sack to say what he really thinks. He has no nuts.  He doesn't say what he thinks, he mostly says what he thinks you want to hear and nothing more. Isn't that rather obvious by now? How many times do you have to see him change his tune after the polls show what he said the day before was the wrong song and dance? You want a trade war? I suggest you start reading The Wall Street Journal and Forbes before you decide that Huntsman's "weak" stance is or isn't better than Romney's "flex my muscles for the audience" stance.

Anthony R
He seems to have no problems with our trade deficit or China's manipulation of currency,

Seems? What makes things "seem to appear" to you? Things don't seem to me. I have seen him speak about such issues and address those specific issues as existing problems. I may agree or disagree with what he believes to be the most appropriate course of action however he seems has addressed those specific issues more thoroughly than most if not all of the other candidates. Again do yourself a favor and read what the actual experts write. It is a lot different from the 30 second sound bytes created for the "show" debates.

Anthony R
Then factor in his glowing reviews of Obama

Show me the glowing reviews he has cast. He has certainly made specific positive comments about very specific decisions that the Obama administration has made but at least he can give an honest opinion if he thinks credit is due as opposed to those who find a way to criticize everything....What don't you understand about the nature of divisive politics? You are best to give answers based on issues and not politics if want to validate opinions.

Anthony R
We have vetted Romney already in a national campaign and there won't be any surprises. He has flaws, but hes generally a good man and would make a good President.

I would agree he at least "appears" to be good family man. Would make a good president? Might make a good president and might not is more like it.

Anthony R
We have vetted Romney already in a national campaign and there won't be any surprises.

Maybe no "personal life" surprises however there will be surprises when it comes to how he deals with the issues. There were many surprises for the people in Mass. when he was the Governor. Although I do care very much about character my scrutiny goes much further than someone voting for the next American Idol simply because they have a good song and dance.

 

 

on Jan 15, 2012

BoobzTwo
Santorum seems to have a similar agenda

Great Clip.

Typical hypocrisy. He states the current administration is doing nothing, Then states he doesn't know what they are doing and hopes maybe they are doing some of the things we are seeing happening. DOH

At least Romney waits until the next speech to contradict himself.

Not to mention the whole "sanction game" and resulting "shouting match" occurring as he speaks. If the UN Inspection/talks that is planned actually occurs near the end of the month I guess he'll write that off too.

Gingrich will take credit for it, Romney will say it was actually his plan that he secretly conveyed to Obama , Santorum will say it was God answering his prayers, while Huntsman and Paul will say what they actually think about it.

on Jan 16, 2012

Unfortunately, we do not have a real choice in my state.  So I will be skipping the primary.

on Jan 16, 2012

Dr Guy
Unfortunately, we do not have a real choice in my state

You can always choose a write in. That way even if you know they won't win, in a few years nobody can blame you for making the wrong choice and you can be confident that nobody can even come close to disputing that your choice wouldn't have been a much better choice.

on Jan 17, 2012

Smoothseas
You can always choose a write in.

Nope, write-ins are not allowed in primaries in this state.

on Jan 17, 2012

Dr Guy
Nope, write-ins are not allowed in primaries in this state.

Ouch.....

on Jan 17, 2012

Smoothseas
Nothing is inevitable or pointless simply because the pundits say so.

Republican primaries are usually predictable affairs and dark horse candidates never occur. An Obama couldn't rise from a Republican primary. A guy who has done virtually nothing for his party except one keynote speech in 04 and 4 years in Government with no real record of achievement or even a significant law that bear his name. Romney is the next guy in line for the GOP and that is typically how it works with Republicans. Mittens is just running out the clock and that's really all he has to do while Newt and Perry have to throw it down the field. They mix it up a little and try to make the imbeciles think they have a choice when all along its already been decided. By the time these guys even get here to the East Coast the whole thing is usually over anyway. By the time I vote its already always openly decided.

on Jan 19, 2012

Anthony R
Romney is the next guy in line for the GOP

Who says so? You? Where outside your imagination is this so-called line? Candidates need two things. A history, and money to finance the storytelling of that history as.well as to finance the discrediting of the stories told by the opposition. It has more to do with the money needed to spread the stories than some imaginary line theory that would be something I would expect to hear out of the mouths of  pundits. Actually that is where I first heard that kind of hogwash. 

You at least at first gave decent reasoning for why you perceive Romney to be your best choice however are you now revealing the true reason why you made that choice? Seems to me thinking others vote for people because they are "the next in line" might be a bit condescending to those who made even the same choice for their own valid reasons. Romney isn't even close to getting a majority of the vote so is it that the majority of others simply think the other candidates are at the head of the line?

Anthony R
Republican primaries are usually predictable affairs and dark horse candidates never occur.

Maybe you should study a bit of history before you claim "dark horse" candidates never win republican primaries or whatever you mean by "occur". As far as predictability maybe you should learn something about "Statistics and Probabilities" before you make even more nonsense claims. Election Predictions are based on polls, and polls change for many reasons including but not limited to such things as events that occur in between polls and changes in "storytelling" that are made in light of polling data. The media is shoving the "predictability" data in our faces on a daily basis. Are you deaf, dumb, and blind?

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