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Maybe Rick Santorum, Not Really Romney, Obama the Best of the Three

19 Feb
, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

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This following post will be a brief ‘state of the race’ with Rick Santorum as the focus.  It’s definitely amazing how Rick S. was in the back of the pack.  At one point, the national polls were showing that Romney/Perry/Gingrich/Cain were in 1st place with Paul/Bachmann sometimes in 2nd place and Huntsman/Santorum lagging in the back.  A Real Clear Politics poll shows that Santorum is now winning by more than 5% points.  His sincerity and ease at talking seem to make him the more Obama-like candidate than Romney by a mile.  Politico, for example, had a great opinion article regarding a President and their likability to sharing a beer (Beer).  To be honest, even though I agree with Romney’s politics more, I’d rather have a beer with Santorum.  I always make the point that the President of the United State of America is both the ‘Chief Executive‘ and ‘Head of State‘.  This means that they are charged with the governance of the country, but also to represent the hopes and aspirations of the people that they govern.  Unlike other countries where those responsibilities are split between a President and Prime Minister, the United States has both.  Other countries might want a leader who says they are better than the people that voted for them, but American Presidents should be “of the people, by the people, and for the people”.

…And that’s why I’m voting for Obama (as of right now and if nothing dramatic/strange/unusual happens in the next months until the election).

Caucus, Caucus, Caucus, Primary, Caucus…ad infinitum (with Romney)

6 Feb

Do you think it’s getting a little boring always hearing how the race will be changed…and then it doesn’t. Rick Santorum (and Romney) ‘winning’ Iowa was definitely a little tardy, Ron Paul and Jon Hunstman way back in 2nd and 3rd place (behind Romney), Newt Gingrich winning S.C. (over Romney),  N.G. losing Florida (to Romney), Paul really losing Nevada (to Romney), Missouri is being staked out by Santorum (against Romney), R.P. working the Maine cacuses to win (in Romney’s backyard), N.G. working in M. Bachmann’s state (while denouncing Romney), and Colorado (something-or-other with Romney).  Yea, definitely said a lot of Romney because there is a lot of Romney in the polls, money, time, media, and everything important to winning an election.  I thought that the Democratic primary in 2008 was really great because the two sharpened each other for the better without being too nasty.  In this Republican primary, N.G. should get out with his bombastic statements and give it to someone like R.P. or R.S. who both have my respect if he really just wants to beat Romney.  The only thing that is definitely down is turnout in all states (and don’t include Iowa because there was no Democratic race).  I have not heard anything substantive from the candidates, except maybe from Paul and Santorum.  Romney is a been-there-done-that candidate who is so boring that he’ll beat Obama by pure boredom.  Like I’ve told many people, if the leader of America was a chief executive, then Romney should be the president; however, the president is also the head of state and needs to also inspire the people they govern and have something better than a (I’ll give it to him) great resume.

I guess I’m voting for Obama

20 Jan

It is the night before the South Carolina primaries for the GOP nomination.  I will just go through the 4 candidates (Paul, Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum) really briefly and why I am ruling them out. Continue reading

California Budget and Jon Huntsman’s N.H. Residency

7 Jan

The California budget sucks, like a lot alot.  The budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year was accidentally or “accidentally” leaked out online before its scheduled time, which of course, disproportionately affected the old, the sick, and the aspiring young (with the political components being health insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, and public education.  I would just like to point out the one problem in this most populous state of the union: Proposition 13.  Simply, a limit on taxes led to increased budget shortfalls and cuts to government-funded programs.  This limit, though, is so egregious because of the highly partisan nature of the legislature of the state I live in.  You’d think that California would have the most liberal legislature, much like a lot of the legislatures in the South are basically conservative; but because of rampant gerrymandering, term-limits, and the 2/3 threshold to raise taxes (one of 3 in the nation), that just makes it a pie-in-the-sky proposition.  The blog post “Scott Brown is a more liberal Republican than Dede Scozzafava” shows a great graph about the partisanship among state legislatures between the two major parties (Differences in State Legislature Partisanship).  The Politico article “California Budget: Jerry Brown Plan for Future Amid Cuts” details the harsh cuts being made to the Golden State and that is just really quite unfortunate.

With the national campaign, I have great admiration for Jon Huntsman.  Simply, if he wins the GOP nomination, Continue reading

Iowa Caucus

3 Jan

Like I tweeted, I am more excited about these caucuses than I was for my birthday or Christmas combined.  The Iowa Caucuses are the midpoint between the first half and the second half of the campaigning season for the White House.

I think that the race is now a 3.5 person race: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and the 0.5 person is occupied by the rest (Jon Hunstman, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich).  Rick Santorum is a tried-and-true conservative who seems to mostly stick to his principles.  Mitt Romney is the perfect politician…or is it the imperfect politician? He does everything that he’s supposed to do, is expected to do, and is very, well…the word would be boring, plain, flat, etc.  Ron Paul, on the other hand, seems to excite a new breed of Republicans, albeit not the conservative of the present.  The GOP seems to be kicking his legs from out under him which makes more people want to look at him.  His explanations have largely been proven, and I wouldn’t mind voting for him if he gets to the general election.  Of course, I’d like to see Jon Hunstman because he speaks simply, and without drama, but this is a popular(ity) contest and being good is just not nearly enough.

I just can’t wait for the campaigning to begin.  Here’s a 2008 video to remind you of what’s to come: JibJab’s Time for Some Campaignin’.

Redistricting and Iowa

1 Jan

It’s finally here.  No, not 2012, the Iowa Caucuses (and yes, the Democrats are also having one, not just the Republicans).  The year 2012 brings another year of presidential campaigning, and shortly after that, the 2016 presidential campaign.  Just looking at the past 3 months, you had Tim Pawlenty, then Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, New Gingrich, Ron Paul, and now Rick Santorum.  And guess who benefits from all of this, yes, that’s correct -> Mitt Romney (which isn’t actually his real name, but that’s just a tangent). Continue reading

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