I’m Not Satisfied

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:
Gardasil
Trans-Texas Corridor
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?

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  1. West Virginia Rebel

    Romney will most likely get the nomination. The GOP establishment still likes him, he’s got tons of cash and has had experience in a national campaign. He also has the competence factor in his favor, and he’s looked presidential at the debates. Romneycare is a stumbling block for him, but if he sticks with “It’s what I did in MA but I wouldn’t do it for the whole country” that could calm some fears esp. with moderates (and yes, the GOP needs them to win a national election.) I actually wish Huntsman could get more traction as he also has an electability factor, having worked as Obama’s man in China aside. From what I understand he had a strong fiscal track record as governor, and aside from that he’s from the saner wing of the GOP.

    Newt is going nowhere. This is a vanity exercise for him and little else. Bachmann has a future but needs a record of accomplishment first. Ron Paul is Ron Paul, this is most likely his last hurrah given his age. As for Perry, his comments about seccession will come back to haunt him. He needs to make it through NH before getting to the big prize in SC. He needs to show that he can play well outside of Texas and the South, and for that matter the tea party crowd, who have to accept the fact that Sarah Palin is most likely not running, and neither is Chris Christie IMO (aside from how well either one would do in a national campaign.)

    So, my prediction is a Romney/Pawlenty or Huntsman ticket as the most winnable choice. Not the best, mind you-just the one that stands the most chance of beating the Obama machine.

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  2. drunkkus

    Wow. It’s hard to believe that any poll would have that result, and, as usual, the link to the results is dead. Add me to the unimpressed minority even if any one of them (or a random person hanging from the side of a garbage truck) would be better than Obama.

    So, my prediction is a Romney/Pawlenty or Huntsman ticket as the most winnable choice. Not the best, mind you-just the one that stands the most chance of beating the Obama machine.

    If it’s Romney/Pawlenty or Huntsman, I’ll have to hold my nose and hold my breath in the voting booth, but it’s a start. At least the Democrats and other libtard shit heads who vote in the Republican primaries will have fun voting for Romney.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    Maybe a brilliant VP pick will make the winner more palatable, but really, who votes for the VP anyway?

    I’m willing to bet a lot of McCain hating/extreme disliking conservatives did in 2008.

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