Republican, tea party, and conservative voters constitute probably close to half of the nation today — and they want to explode in November 2012.
Anger, fear, resentment, disgust, and disillusionment over the economy, the direction of the nation, the media’s kid-gloves treatment of Barack Obama are churning inside the right.
This right is the most emotional it has been since the 1980 election.
That is exactly why in the past year or so boomlets for Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump and Herman Cain all caught fire, despite these candidates’ baggage. Each of these candidates has political and personal shortcomings that subsequently caused them to fade. (Cain hasn’t faded yet, but he will.) But the fact remains: for a moment each connected to this bubbling cauldron of the right. And during that period of “connection,” they soared in the polls — or in the case of Cain, he zoomed one night on Frank Luntz’ Fox News focus group.
Now we are told by the so-called mainstream media — which does not understand the right at all and, in fact, hates the right — that the GOP primary field as we see it today is “it”; no one else will enter the race. These so-called experts say that the eventual nominee will come from the three-man group of Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, or Jon Huntsman.
I do not believe this.
How can Romney lead a party and a movement that was galvanized in opposition to Obamacare — something he pioneered with his disastrous Romneycare?
How can Jon Huntsman lead a party and a movement that disdains Barack Obama when he not only worked for the president but also repeatedly praised his “leadership” in letters?
And how can Tim Pawlenty “connect” with this teeming cauldron when he cannot “connect” with anyone at any event because he is, sadly, a total snore?
The right is waiting for a candidate who matches their emotional condition today — a candidate who articulates the anger, fear, and frustration that we on the right feel, even when some of that emotion is aimed at our own GOP leaders.
That candidate cannot be dragged down by baggage.
There remains plenty of time for this still-unknown candidate to appear and get into this race. In fact, it is advantageous to wait until the fall — when the right is even more unhappy over the current field — and then jump into the race and sweep to victory.
This can still happen. If it does, we will retake the White House in 2012.
If not, we will pick a dud for a candidate and allow Obama another four years in the Oval Office.
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