Republican presidential contenders are melting like tourists on the Vegas Strip, without sunscreen, on a 117 degree day in July. Doesn’t anyone in the GOP actually want to run against the worst president in modern American history?
It can’t be President Barack Obama’s record that’s scaring Republicans. Obama is overseeing the worst economy since 1929 . . . contributed heavily to the worst sovereign debt crisis in history, presiding over the worst collapse in real estate ever. You’d think the Republican contenders would be licking their lips at running against that record.
Let’s examine the carnage. I predicted Donald Trump’s political career was over three weeks ago when “The Donald” played casino pit boss and F-bombed his way through a Vegas speech. Have you ever heard of multiple F-bombs in a major political speech in by a presidential contender? Unimaginable.
Forget the birth certificate controversy. Trump was still sitting high in the polls even after Obama released his birth certificate. Not in a GOP filled with evangelical Christian voters, and parents who wash their children’s mouth out with soap for using that same word.
What about Mike Huckabee? A presidential front-runner, this former man of God couldn’t turn down fame and money. Huckabee proves even the presidency isn’t as lucrative as a TV show on Fox News.
Then there’s Newt Gingrich. I winced as I heard Newt’s words on Sunday. It’s tough to watch a political career implode on national TV. Forget any future political career. He supported big government control of our lives, backed the central tenet of Obamacare, called the GOP proposal for cutting Medicare spending “radical right-wing social engineering,” and back-stabbed GOP congressional hero Paul Ryan.
And then there’s Mitt Romney. Mitt had the White House for the asking. One speech apologizing for Romneycare and promising to never allow it to happen again, and Romney is the next president of the United States.
But no, he delivered the only speech that could possibly snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory. He defended the disaster he created in Massachusetts. Really?
Then we come to libertarian legend Ron Paul. When it comes to economic issues, Paul is a visionary. This trailblazer warned America and the GOP about the dangers of big government, overspending and the Fed long before it was hip. If he ran as a libertarian or independent third party candidate, Paul might actually have an opportunity to win the presidency, or at least build a serious third party movement.
Unfortunately his views on war, military spending, and Osama bin Laden will make it highly unlikely he can win a GOP primary. But I see an ideal role for Congressman Paul in any Republican administration as Treasury secretary or Federal Reserve chief. Now that would have an impact.
Doesn’t anyone want to beat Obama? Who’s left? Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels? Two boring middle-aged white guys with the charisma of Al Gore? That’s the best the GOP has?
Yes others could yet become the darkhorse for the GOP nomination- Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, perhaps even Sarah Palin.
Someone in the GOP had better hope that Chris Christie is having a change of heart. Because without a Christie miracle, the worst president in modern history just became the favorite for re-election.
Wayne Allyn Root is a former libertarian vice presidential nominee. He now serves as chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts." His website: ROOTforAmerica.com
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