Friday, October 21, 2011

A Musing About Being Politically Displaced

I'm anticipating leaving my ballot for President blank next November.  It's early and I may change my mind, or I may scribble Paul Kucinich on the ballot, but right now I am both displaced and disillusioned.

Andrew Sullivan swoons over Obama's record here and here before concluding
To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he'd be on Mount Rushmore by now.
I voted for Obama because I believed that he kept his cool as the financial crisis developed in September and October of 2008.  McCain imploded; he stopped campaigning, started campaigning and looked old and out of his depth.

I had hoped Obama would end torture as an official policy, mitigate some of the worst parts of the Patriot Act, fix NCLB, and reduce the effects of K Street. None of those hopes have materialized.

I certainly believed he would reduce America's foreign adventuring.  I was wrong about that too.  In short, I don't think he's Rushmore worthy.

I don't think any of those views are liberal.  I hope there are Republicans who can agree with most of those views.  The folks at Dakota War College are swooning over different members of the current crop of Republican candidates.  I don't see it.

Perry likes the death penalty too much, and those poor paying jobs he touts as the Texas miracle require that people who work a 40 hour week still need manna from heaven to get by.  Despite his debate lapses, I think he still might get the nomination.  I don't know if Romney can crack the glass ceiling that the far right constructed.

Huntsman seems competent but boring.  He's not going to get the nomination because he served as an ambassador for Obama.

Romney has had more positions than a double jointed porn star.  I would guess that both major parties have a hypocrisy line they hesitate crossing.  If he's the nominee, Republicans will have to apologize to John Kerry.  He also speaks better English than Perry which means his chances of winning the nomination are automatically reduced.

Gingrich has the same problem with the hypocrisy line.  Having an affair while one's spouse is fighting cancer reflects a moral lapse that would require that the Republicans apologize to Bill Clinton

Paul would want to do most of what I list above, but he has all of that gold standard baggage.  I don't think anyone would take him seriously if he won.

Bachmann scares me.  Trying to do my job well doesn't make me a fascist, no matter what Santorum thinks.

I think the tax system should get simpler, but Cain's 999 plan would destroy an already beleaguered middle class.  There's no way that he could shepherd anything through Congress without high powered help, and he won't tell anyone who advises him.

It's not like my vote will matter; South Dakota is a safe Republican state.  It's just depressing to have to no one to vote for and to have to settle for voting for the lesser of two evils

UPDATE:  7:55 CDT South Dakota Politics also has brief comments about the Republican field.

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