Reconciling the simple fact that what I see is what I got, it appears I am in the minority wrt Republicans (or those likely to vote GOP) who are happy with the current field of wannabes:
Most Republicans say they’re now satisfied with their choices in a presidential candidate, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Friday.
Sixty-four percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they are satisfied with their options in candidates to face off against President Obama next fall. That represents an increase since June, when just half of Republicans said they were pleased with the candidates in the field.
Thirty percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they were dissatisfied with the candidates, a number that’s down since mid-June, when the last AP-GfK poll had been conducted.
The Perry bandwagon, the manifestation were a new guy rockets to the top, to me was a clear example of people NOT being happy with the current crop and wanting a better selection from which to choose.
Most pundits mine the same talking points, no president has ever been reelected with a favorability percentage as such and such, with an unemployment percentage as this amount, with the economy growing (not) at such and such levels, with these historical benchmark lows. But all that means dick if you put someone up who really does not inspire either, and I’m not inspired, with any of them.
Here is just one of the problems:
More Results from the same AP Gpf Poll :
51 % Americans blames GW Bush for current weak US economy.
31 % Americans blames Obama for current weak US economy.
It is a convenient and plausible hook, “the economy was soooooooooo bad, no one could have fixed it by now, this is what the last president left us, but we are making progress, we can turn the ship around with your help. Don’t let all this effort go to waste, 4 more years is all I’m asking. I promise you that we can make America prosperous again, and we will”.
But back to the GOP contenders. Perry and Romney are the only two legitimates, and both have huge baggage. Obama is an absolutely dreadful president, but he is a world class campaigner and going after these two will be Biden easy.
Perry better be prepared to explain and defend his record on:
Al Gore’s campaign manager in Texas-this one is easy, but it will come up
He wants Texas to secede from the union
Texas’ average wage is much lower than the national average
Texas’ educational ranking
He is squishy on immigration
Perry says he has not raised taxes, but he has
Perry has presided over the highest number of executions in the nation
Despite Obama’s belly aching about the sad state of the economy left to him, Perry followed the same “incompetent” George Bush and managed a much different result.
Maybe a brilliant VP pick will make the winner more palatable, but really, who votes for the VP anyway?
Doubtful any one else of substance will enter, so we are counting one of these guys to unseat and one term Obama, are they up to it?