Nathan Sass

The GOP’s 3 Stooges – Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

In 2012 Elections, Barack Obama, Herman Cain, Humor, Paul Ryan, Politics, Ron Johnson, Sarah Palin on November 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM

The GOP field of candidates has been pretty much set for the last month, and there are only 3 real front runners.  They are Larry, Moe and Curly….oops, sorry, I meant Romney, Cain and Perry.


Romney is probably most generously described as a RINO.  I really can’t even blame him.  He is a MA Republican, which is sort of like being a victim of Stockholm Syndrome.  Maybe once upon a time he was a conservative in the mold of Reagan, but he has been in MA for so long, he now thinks government run health care is such a good idea, he put his name on it.

Then there is Cain.  I love Cain’s blunt approach, and he is certainly a conservative.  His 9-9-9 plan is worthy of discussion, and was brilliant in so far as it raised the idea of total tax reform to the national stage.  Unfortunately, Cain is inexperienced and poorly advised to this point.  The sexual harassment stories are damaging, even if totally overblown bits of an all out smear campaign.  He (or his advisors) should have seen this coming from a mile away.  It’s not inspiring to realize that this caught them so off guard.

And Finally there is Perry.  I can’t decide if he is just quirky or actually crazy.  Is he a Bush type of “compassionate conservative” which is code for “big government progressive in conservative clothing”, or a reformed Democrat in the mold of Reagan?  He has a tremendous record to run on, but can’t seem to manage to speak about it coherently.

He rambles, he babbles, and looks foolish in the debates.  At the next debate when asked a tough question I almost expect him to bust out a “Oh, a wise guy, eh?  Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!”

After the election disaster of 2008 where Romney, Romney, was the most conservative potential candidate, I thought for certain that there would be a changing of the guard at the top of the GOP.  New conservative young guns would step to the fore and one would run in 2012 and defeat Obama.


No Paul Ryan…apparently he thinks being POTUS would cramp his style too much and get in the way of little league practice…or something like that.

No Sarah Palin…Sarah, her family, her dog, her cat and her goldfish were constantly trashed for 2 years by the left, and the GOP kinda sorta was upset with that…well not really…she was left to twist in the wind.  Now she is toxic as far as the GOP leadership is concerned.  She decided that it wasn’t worth it.  I disagree with her, but I can certainly understand.

(Compare that to the DNC conferring sainthood on Ted Kennedy who only committed vehicular homicide while intoxicated and you see how the two teams differ in defending their own.  But I digress.)

I am starting to think the GOP is run by a bunch of Democrats in deep cover.  How is it possible that they are screwing this up so badly?  They are about to lose to a President who is just slightly more popular than Lindsey Lohan and might be only slightly more competent.

Something needs to happen, and soon.  The current crop of candidates, this “who’s who of OMG”, can’t be who we are left to pick from.

Someone please tell Mr. Ryan that we all understand his desire for his kids to stay in the same schools and all, but seriously, this isn’t time to screw around.  He is one of the few potential candidates left out there that is a) conservative, b) well spoken and c) experienced and intelligent.

I would even get REALLY excited to see someone like Ron Johnson enter the race.  He has proven to be an incredible politician, and is conservative to the core.  He can blunt any criticism about experience by pointing out that the has served in the US Senate as long as Obama did before he was elected, and before that he actually RAN SOMETHING!!!!!

Absent new blood, and VERY soon, we will be left to pick from Larry, Moe or Curly.

Or worse yet…Shemp, a.k.a. Ron Paul.

  1. “I am starting to think the GOP is run by a bunch of Democrats in deep cover.” There is very good argument for that! Take for instance your Paul Ryan. It’s not that he doesn’t want to miss baseball practice with his kids… He knows he would be raked over the coals right now. He needs a conservative voting record before he takes the plunge. Too many people, myself especially, would paint Ryan as a liberal conservative. Do you honestly think that nominating Ryan over Romney or Perry would be any different? He voted for TARP, Medicare Part D, two stimulus packages under Bush, the Auto Bailout, the Wall Street Bailout, the continuing resolution, every increase of the debt ceiling, No Child Left Behind, extending unemployment compensation, etc., etc. Ryan is a RINO and needs to start acting on the same principals he spews to make the general public think that he is Milton Friedman the Second.

    As for the best candidate… I’m still voting for Ron Paul. What maybe Shemp to you, is still the most consistent conservative up on that stage. He truly abides by the Constitution and his economic cures will reverse our downward spiral. What else can you expect from a guy who predicted every boom and bust in his 14 year term in Congress?

    • Mike:

      I love you dedication to your guy, but Ron Paul is as serious on foriegn policy issues as Shemp. You cannot build a wall around the United States, put your fingers in your ears and close your eyes and hope things like Iranian nukes just go away.

      US interests are not confined to the most obvious things located on our shores alone. If you allow the Middle East to turn into a (bigger) mess, it WILL impact the US in very real and negative ways. When the price of energy is so high that no one can buy fuel oil or gas, our economy and lives are threatened.

      Ron Paul wants the US to go back to the 1780’s way of thinking on foriegn policy, where the US was a third world back water (in relation to the powers of the time) and avoided foriegn entaglements. That ship has sailed, and putting Paul at the helm would be a disaster. Even if I agree with him on the economic issues, I cannot pretend that he would not put the US in the worst possible position regarding national defense and foriegn policy.

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