Evidence is mounting … While the GOP would like this whole thing to be settled and done with, the Hare – Romney, just isn’t running away with the American voters’ hearts! There are just too many Americans who think Mitt is NOT right for America at this time. Whether it’s because he’s too rich to apprehend the economic struggles of the population, or whether he is too indecisive to handle the crisis in the Middle East, or whether it because of his flip-flopping on abortion and right-to-life issues, or whether it’s just his rather plastic image, the number of Americans choosing one of the alternatives seems to be growing. At least, Mitt’s numbers are stagnant … After months and months of campaigning, dozens of speeches, too many debates … his numbers haven’t really changed. That should tell the GOP something – if only they were listening, eh?
Newt has some advantages – mostly his quick mind and political connections, but then there is the down side. Um, his quick mind and his political connections! While he is quick and sharp in debates and surely could cream Obama, in debate, unfortunately the presidency is something different altogether. From sitting on the couch with Pelosi to his moon beach fantasy, it’s just not quite clear that he is disciplined enough to reverse our course and then stand strong against the current! Maybe he is, but is now the time for a MAYBE?
Ron Paul, irregardless of his radical followers and their passion, has yet to win a state. The appeal of his economic policy ideas is strong, but the impractical foreign policy continues to push otherwise agreeable voters away. There is something I find repulsive in the way he disregards the other candidates, too. He seems to mock them and their various achievements which raises the question in my mind: He has served more than 20 years in Congress. What has he accomplished in this time on any of the issues we face today?
Which brings us to my personal choice. It’s true, sweater vest and all, it is his genuineness and passion that attract me and his straight forward, honest appeal to the people that encourages my support. We’re not electing a CEO for America. We’re not electing a Chief Debater for the White House. We’re electing a representative of the people, for the people, chosen by the people. He’s not necessarily a great orator, but he knows the issues well enough to speak without a teleprompter or even notes. He is not smooth and polished, but he has an innate ability to connect with people. Character counts, and while none of us are perfect, some aren’t even trying! At least Rick Santorum holds himself accountable to a higher standard. Does he fall? Of course! But he doesn’t blame his mistakes on Bush … or even on Obama. Might he be the “tortoise” after all?