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The Poverty in the Republican Field for a Plausible Candidate

Updated on August 12, 2012
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The GOP Field

Well, the first votes for the Republican primary are coming closer every day, and people want to know who would be best to lead the country, improve the state of the economy, or, perhaps more importantly, beat Obama. Let me start by saying, I'm not a Obama supporter, or even strictly a Democrat, but from what I've seen from the Republican Party, it's a matter a choosing the lesser of two evils. The second evil will be one of these candidates, each more absurd than the last. The notion that half of these people should hold any position of power, even to the extent of Head of the Homeowner's Association, is ridiculous.

Michele Bachmann

For this lady, there is no need to scour the internet for some quote that may be taken different ways and then take the quote out of context. No need for dirt-digging to see what secrets she has from her past, no need to spread nasty rumors in order to bring her campaign down. No need for any of that; one must simply show her speaking, or look at what she believes. Note: You could take a lot of what she says in the video below and try to defend each claim in order to distort her stupidity, but I think it'd be rather difficult when such a plethora of lies has been amassed.

Rick Perry

Rick Perry, or George Bush 3, is a gun loving, God-fearing, good ole' American who has made numerous gaffes on this campaign trail. One of the most recent, and outrageous, missteps in his debate performance shows how little he knows, not just on what need to be done, but what he plans to do! See video below. Now, some people would seek to defend this embarrassing lapse in memory or belittle the ridiculousness of the situation, but it is inexcusable. Not only should a candidate know which three of those "big, bad federal programs" that he would cut, but he should know the ins and outs of those programs, the pros and cons of them. He should know if they need to be revised, altered, or cut altogether. Such a slip clearly and painfully illustrates the blatant ignorance of this man and his followers.

Newt Gingrich

Newt is a somewhat special case. He's the smartest in this Hub so far (not saying much) and he's also the slipperiest. Although Mitt Romney is the one best known as the "flip-flopper," Newt has had his fair share switcheroos. Additionally, he has perhaps the most politcal baggage of all the candidates. First, he was of the opinion that Paul Ryan's health care plan was far too extreme, then after experiencing backlash from the GOP, he switched his position real quick. Speaking of health care, he has close business ties to many shady groups and even lead a couple of them. Check link here:http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/newt-gingrich-hit-on-health-care-flip-flops-think-tank.html or simply Google anything about Gingrich and his associates. I would think that some Republicans would realize that what we need is not another corporate corrupt businessman for president.

Herman Cain

Speaking of businessmen, Herman Cain is another conservative running for the Republican nomination. One might be thrown off the option of electing this man to beat Obama for the presidential race due to the increasing number of allegations by women claiming there was sexual misconduct in his past, but that would be overshadowing a perhaps more important fact; Cain would make a horrible president. A characteristically lacking base of knowledge seems to be required in order to run in this party. What does he think of the economy? Look at his so called "999 plan" which he has already called for revision and special cases. I'm not an economist, but I do keep up with current events. It is easy, as previously stated, to believe that it is nitpicking when you look at what these guys say with a critical eye, but to elect someone with literally no knowledge of international affairs gives democracy a bad name

Ron Paul

Perhaps one of the most ignored candidates in this race, Ron Paul has shown to be popular in many places by winning straw polls (say what you will about their worth) and having strong support on the internet. However, the ignoring of Ron Paul is not entirely baseless. If you watch a quick soundbite from an interview or debate, he can seem to make a lot of sense. Look at him closely, though, and that appeal deteriorates quickly. Why he is not more popular with anti-big government conservatives can be explained by actually listening to the things he says. He has been. perhaps appropriately, deemed "unelectable."

Mitt Romney

The notorious flip-flopper conservative businessman has been the most consistent in the poll and most appealing to moderate voters. It is shameful that this man, who should be number 3 or 4 on the top list for Republican candidates, is number one. (depending on the week) He will most likely be the nominee, but is open for extreme scrutiny for switching his opinions like the changing of the seasons. Good news for Democrats? Kind of, sort of. One, that means he can be easily attacked, and two, if he does secure the nomination, after all, he can't be depended on to be the true blue conservative he claims to be.

"But does that even matter?!?" is the question. If it came down to it, though, who would a evangelical christian, conservative Republican, pro-gun, anti-abortion, pro-capital punishment, foreign country hating voter choose: Obama or Romney? Maybe they would wait until next election and skip this one, but the ones who do vote will choose Romney. The reason Mitt has not bent over backward to please the Republicans is because he doesn't need to; he will have their reluctant support in a presidential nomination.

Is Obama the one most fit to lead our country? No. Are there plenty of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats who might do a better job? Yes. It's just disheartening that none of those people are running for president.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Thanks, ajherrma, for reading and commenting!

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      ajherrma 5 years ago from United States

      An interesting take on the merits of the candidates Steve, keep the opinion and debate coming!

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Steven,

      What is even worse then venting on the internet is taking to personal attacks on people who have different opinions then your own. You have seen the hub where this has happened to me and where I didn't attack back. Beware of this particular person I can show you many hubs where he has said many nice things and then show you where he went for a personal attack. Remeber I said the people should unite. The previous commentor is know for underhanded personal vicious attacks on hubpages which is a violation of terms of service he agreed to as well only after he smoothers you with kindess. So Steven you are in High Schoola nd a fellow Floridain. With this commentor watch your back and your wallet.

      This person is a divider.

      JT

      JT

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Hello Max, thanks for reading and commenting, again! As a senior in high school, applying for college, I've yet to decide on a major of study. If it is not in the field of politics, I'll always have it as an interest and hobby!

      While I can understand heated rhetoric when it comes to dissatisfaction with government, I agree it is unproductive, not to mention illogical, to vent on the internet using vague demands and endless lamentation. As for a Republican I'd like to see run, I couldn't think of a more difficult question! Joking aside, I don't think Jon Huntsman is the worst option out of all the conservatives. I've read a couple articles on him and he seems a bit more plausible than other candidates.

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      Max Havlick 5 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Steve, this fine op-ed piece on the GOP race shows lots of promise. I foresee success for you if you pursue this line of work. Is political science and/or journalism your primary field of study?

      Your criticism is fair and judicious, friendly though you find the entire field lacking, far from the all-too-common angry, hysterical rhetoric of "throw all the bums out" and take away their pensions! (which wastes and distracts precious time and energy from the constructive work needed to achieve the responsible government we all want).

      I'd like to hear actual names of some Republicans you think might be more qualified for the nomination. I have personally encouraged a choice on the Dem. side, but to no avail: the Clintons won't budge, and others are too marginal or too timid. Obama has a mighty machine; in my opinion, he's much better at campaigning than he is at governing.

      Finally, I suggest you not rule out Newt Gingrich, yes baggage-loaded, but a hyper-smart guy more articulate than any three of the others put together, more driven and ambitious, even obsessive (as needed to go thru all it takes to become pres.), the only one so far able to stand up to Obama (every bit as smart as Obama is), and don't overlook the fact that Newt's new wife has stunningly beautiful hair (an apparent qualification for Rep. nomination).

      Best wishes,

      Max

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello Steve,

      I have may hubs on all of this but since you are busy studying I thought I would just throw it out there fore you.

      All My Best,

      JT

      PS

      JEB is an acronym for John Ellis Bush. His real name is John.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Jeb as in Jeb Bush? Hmm, interesting thought. Might work well for Romney, some people even called for Jeb to run! Thanks for the comment!

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      I bet Romeny gets the nomination and asks JEB to run for vice with him. If I were to put money on it that is where it would be. Great Hub!!

      JT

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Thanks! I was kind of disappointing when more moderate conservatives declined to run and qualified independents weren't given any spotlight. Thanks for your comment =)

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      I am a registered Independent. It looks like an episode of the X-Files to me, Steve Orion. You nailed it. There are some that will go either, other way, but you just laid it out how it is. Truth is stranger than fiction . . . funnier, too.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Disagree with my observations, or think I went to soft? Tell me!