Let’s review a few familiar names that are hold leadership positions in the Republican party. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell (KY) and Jon Kyl (AZ) are the minority leader and whip, respectively. In the House, the leader and whip, respectively, are John Boehner (OH) and Eric Cantor (VA). These are the people who get the television time and speak for the Republicans in general. There are others, too. Some of the more well-known governors are: Schwarzenegger (CA), Crist (FL), Pawlenty (MN), Perry (TX), and Haley Barbour (MS). And, the list of private citizens includes Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney. I am sure I have missed a few; and probably offended a couple by not including them. But, as you look at these names, can you find two or three of them that would be solid candidates for office of President of the United States? I cannot!! Can you?
If I had to pick three today, I would choose (in no particular order): Romney, Pawlenty, and, surprise, Barbour!! (By the way, Jane likes Canter, Barbour, and Gingrich.) We can cut Arnold because he is not a natural-born citizen; and has done a lousy job in California. Rick Perry has threatened to secede from the Union (not such a bad idea the way things are going) so that doesn’t make him a good unity candidate! Cantor almost made my top three….he just needs a little more seasoning! And, I cannot take Palin seriously! She has the role of stirring the pot; and I must admit……she is very popular with lots of people! But, President Palin……ugh! Give her a radio talk show and see how she does! The point is that in a country of 300+ million, where are the leaders?
And, the Dems are no better. Obama is a rookie without enough experience to be the leader of the free world! Take his teleprompter away and he sounds like Bush!
So, let’s think far, far outside the box and consider a radical solution for the Republicans! Could the GOP convince Hillary Clinton to disengage herself from the Democratic party; could she would beat Obama? I can’t even believe I just wrote the preceeding sentences since I would hate to see the Clintons back in the White House! I must be losing my mind! But that just demonstrates how bad the available choices are. So, I will offer up Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi. He is a no-nonsense guy with tons of political experience who openly criticized the government’s handling of Katrina….but, took action in his state to overcome, instead of just complaining constantly and looking for a federal hand-out! (Jane thinks we need a real man with big balls to stand up for America. John Wayne is dead!! I told her that Hillary had “balls”, too! She replied, “That’s true! And she would eat her young to get to the White House!”)
In conclusion, one has to wonder: Where are all the good men & women? The list is shorter than the book of war heros of the French army! Maybe some relative unknown will emerge as we get closer to the 2012 election. But, let’s remember that the Democrats started running two years before the last presidential election. And, I don’t hear a peep from the Repubs!!! They can’t even offer a common sense healthcare alternative!