The Republican horse race for the presidential nomination

I’m watching Fox News. I don’t watch much tv, but I’m kind of huddled in for the evening already and had some extra time. Between that broadcast and a few minutes on Twitter, I’m beginning to think today is a very pivotal day in Republican presidential politics.

First, and probably most importantly to Wisconsin, Newt Gingrich is taking some enormous heat for jousting with Paul Ryan in public. Newt Gingrich just lost the presidential nomination based on what I’m seeing. There was an interesting exchange between Gingrich and another Republican in Iowa. I sure wish I could find that video.

What hasn’t dawned on me until today is Ryan’s popularity. There’s about 20% of me that thinks Ryan should skip a run for the Senate and seek the Republican nomination instead. It may be foolish for him to miss this momentum.

That said, I see an interesting turn in support for Herman Cain as a candidate. He’s a business man. I think that could go over very well with the electorate. Oh, and have you noticed he’s a black man? It would cut Obama’s plan to whip out the race card every other day at the knees. I need to listen to Cain’s message more carefully, but this could be the candidate for me.

I’m ok that Huckabee is out. Once he went Hollywood on me, I kind of wasn’t interested anyway. I’d still love his flat tax proposal. Trump is out, too. If someone would pick up a few of Trump’s foreign policy ideas (like why don’t we expect countries we’ve rescued to fund their own defense?) I’d be ever so happy. I am much relieved that I don’t have to stare at that hair for a year and a half.

That leaves former vice-president candidate Sarah Palin. Ms. Palin: please don’t. If little-ol’ Cindy, mainstream-America housewife, is tired of hearing your voice, then there’s a darn good chance the rest of America is as well. I liked you. I really, really liked you, but you went Hollywood (and book deal and speaking tour) too, and well, we have a guy that does all that already. I’d kind of like someone who works.


  1. cindy. with all due respect to you expertise, who do you think can beat the incumbent ?

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    Three good things happened for the Republican Party in the past few days. Cindy lists each: Huckabee not running, Trump not running ( he never intended to run) and Gingrich shooting himself in the leg with his outlandish comments. Gingrich is an intellectual McCain who had little chance of getting the nomination anyway.

    Dick, even though you asked Cindy I’ll give you my opinion of who can beat Obama. Foremost is Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana. Chris Christie could beat him but has said he will not run. Former Sen. Rick Santorum has a chance that will be borne out in the Republican primary. Michelle Bachman is a darkhorse.

    And of course Mitt Romney can beat Obama and at this early date is the frontrunner.

  3. Ok, my answer is that only Cain (and maybe Ryan if all the stars were to align) could beat Obama.

    Frankly, I don’t see that happening. Let’s focus on the Senate. It will be a cold day in hell before this country gives control of the House, Senate, and Presidency to the same party.

  4. “It will be a cold day in hell before this country gives control of the House, Senate, and Presidency to the same party.”

    I’m going to save this quote. I think the Republicans will definitely take the House and Senate and the presidency is a tossup. So there is a decent chance that we will take it all in 2012.

  5. jimspice says:

    Oh, Cindy, I soooo try to like you. You are one of the few conservative bloggers that from time to time says something reasonable. Your analysis of Ryan is so far off as to be laughable. There is a reason his party is running away from him. I won’t stop trying to find the good in you, but please grab that “reality handle” a little more firmly.