Republicans face uphill battle against White House man of mystery
President Obama passed a significant milestone this week when, after hearing his position on Libya, we now know more unsettling things about his policies than we merely suspected before.
The president, as candidate and officeholder, has been the most mysterious leader we probably have ever had. Earlier in the week, the top three most viewed stories on politico.com were about someone questioning his place of birth or someone attacking the question as crazy. Entrepreneur/showman/candidate Donald Trump even jumped into the fray, saying that at a minimum, he wished the president would just do something to put the topic to rest.
If the president were going to release something, I would be more interested in him releasing the things presidential candidates in the modern era have traditionally released, such as his scholastic records and cursory medical history, but that’s not going to happen either. I think the president just likes to seem mysterious. It makes him more intriguing.
Besides, the main purpose for wanting presidents to be born in the United States was to make sure they weren’t under the influence of some foreign power. Well, we know that’s already happened, because this president seems to be largely under the influence of the United Nations and Hungarian currency speculator George Soros, who to be fair, is a naturalized citizen. (Consider this possibility: Separated at birth — Auric Goldfinger and George Soros).
Besides, people in Manhattan think Texas is a foreign country and we’ve had presidents from there — although, Texas is the only state to have ever been its own country, so we might want to check that paperwork.
So, if folks think the electorate is going to have some kind of ” ah ha!” moment about the president’s background, they may just as well give up on that notion. If the revelations about his acquaintances, appointees and policies aren’t enough to change the course of the 2012 election, then nothing else is going to help.
The real question, then, is this: Is there a candidate on the horizon who can unite America in such a way as to pilot the ship of state between the Scylla and Charybdis of debt and socialism (the Odyssey reference just seemed disturbingly apt)? The answer, right now, appears to lie between too soon to tell and probably not.
This is kind of a surprising result, since voters on the right have never been happy with the president’s policies, independents have been dramatically turning against them and loyal Democrats have even begun to question the wisdom of our path. Therefore, you would think finding a good candidate would not be that tough but it is.
The Democrats are pretty much locked into a sitting president as their nominee, and good choices — such as former Indiana Gov. and Sen. Evan Bayh — are unlikely to jump in. Even Hillary Clinton seems like she finally wants to call it quits.
The Republican’s likely candidates hardly have a star among them, with many simply being retreads. Retreads, of course, are car tires that, while previously worn out, had modern material attached to make them look new. They tended to not be very reliable and came apart under stress and heat.
Other starry eyed hopefuls, such as Govs. Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels, feel they are presidential timber. However, someone might want to remind them that that staying bland and non-confrontational doesn’t usually win elections either. Also, appearing in old public service commercials with Nancy Pelosi about global warming isn’t going to do some of these candidates (Newt) any good either.
Best possible ticket right now? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Both have clear and articulated visions about what must be done and are ready to discuss and defend specifics. Michele Bachmann is also a good possible VP choice.
Even without a powerful ticket, the Republicans aren’t doomed to lose. If the president continues to remain an international man of mystery, who is unable to explain his own policies, he will probably lose faster than one of his Republican challengers. It will seem a lot like winning to the other candidate.
Rick Wagner offers more thoughts on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.