Days until Obama is reelected: 303 UPDATE: 296

Thanks, Iowa, you really manned up.

With Bachmann out, America has lost its last, best chance for beating Obama. What are we left with? The same old tired candidates the Republican party has always offered up, demonstrating that Republicans have not learned a thing from 2008, and are utterly unable to think, or vote outside the White Male Candidate box.  It doesn’t matter who they put up, Republicans are toast. Is it really any stretch of the imagination that Obama’s campaign can easily point to any of the remaining Republicans (and I’m not including Huntsman, who is a Democrat, or Paul is who is a foreign policy nightmare) might become the nominee and say that person’s administration won’t be the same old establishment thing the Republicans have always done? Gee, I wonder how many undecided voters will find that appealing. With the whiners still crying about 2000’s “illegal” election, they’ll lap that up and the p2s will tweet that ad infinitum. #sameoldthing. Barring a disaster that again showcases Obama’s ineptitude and inertness, he will easily win reelection. I believe Romney’s defeat will be spectacular, something on the order of Dukakis’.

No, I don’t support Bachmann because she is a woman.  I support her because she most closely reflects my views and she has a solid record of fighting the establishment. Furthermore, she’s authentic, inspirational, knowledgeable and articulate and never had an oops moment in a debate. The fact that she is a woman offered the Republican party something new and fresh that would show that the GOP isn’t the #sameoldthing. Cain, who I don’t believe was ready to be president, also offered that glimmer of hope.

However, I have come to realize that sexism in the Republican party is rampant and perhaps, insurmountable.  I recently learned that Santorum’s campaign sent out an email (after Bachmann’s announcement) noting, in so many words, a woman’s proper place remained in the home and not in the Oval Office. To say that makes my blood boil is mild. If I was unsure about Santorum before, which I was, I’m sure now that I would never vote for him–and yes, even against Obama (mostly because I believe voting against someone never works, just voting for someone). Coupled with the pastors who asked her to step down…I’m beside myself. Nowhere does the Bible say that women shouldn’t be in leadership. Deborah, anyone? While rare, it’s not forbidden. The only thing the Bible specifically speaks to is that women should not exercise scriptural or spiritual authority over men, in other words, doing scriptural exposition in mixed groups that include men. We have women speak in our church all the time.  As long as they’re not interpreting scripture with men sitting in the audience, I don’t have a problem with it.

These pastors who asked her to stand down are the worst kind of sexists. You expect the rest of the world to be sexist, but Christians achieve the greatest freedom through Christ. Evangelicals should have been enthusiastically behind Bachmann 100%.  So much for Iowa being “too evangelical”. As a side note, the fact that Iowa went with Romney, who wasn’t supposed to do anything in Iowa and instead, won, tells me that Iowa has become much more moderate and/or secular since four years ago when Huckabee won. Furthermore, the deafening silence toward and lack of support of Bachmann from supposed conservative warriors like DeMint, or Thune, a fellow Biola graduate who endorsed Romney, sickens me. 

There’s only one other person I’ve supported who has demonstrated a similar unwavering commitment to conservative values, and that is Chuck DeVore (@chuckdevore on Twitter) who has literally been the lone wolf decrying and voting against bloated, tax-raising, earmarked California budgets as a state assemblyman. And when he ran for the U.S. Senate, who endorsed unknown, big-business “electable” candidate Carly Fiorina over DeVore?  Santorum and Palin. And that’s why Santorum and Palin are both on my will-never-support list.  When Santorum had a chance to show what he’s made of and endorse a true conservative with a solid record, he went with the “electable” one who went on to lose badly to that scourge on society, Barbara Boxer. And so, folks, Santorum’s like all the rest of ’em. These days, DeVore is moving to Texas for better opportunities. As California descends into the septic tank of liberal, anti-business, exponential regulatory and tax bloat policies, it’s Texas’ gain and California’s loss.

I am re-registering as a conservative because one, the election is already lost, and two, Republicans are hopelessly mired in the past.  I have no doubt the first woman president will not be a Republican. The Democrats will easily claim that historic first because they are not shackled by principle. This election, there is literally no one for me to vote for. Four years ago, at the urging of family and friends who said look at the alternative, I held my nose and voted for McCain.  I can’t do that this time.  I just can’t.  As for me, Steve Deace said it well in a townhall.com article, we “debated who could win instead of who should win.”

http://m.townhall.com/columnists/stevedeace/2011/12/03/we_wont_get_fooled_againor_will_we/page/full/

http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2012/01/03/will-president-obama-fool-america-again/

Will President Obama Fool America Again?

By Aaron Goldstein, on January 3rd, 2012

To paraphrase Pete Townshend of The Who, “Meet the new year; same as the old year.” (1)

That was my reaction to Andy McCarthy’s New Years Eve article at National Review Online about President Obama recruiting Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi to mediate secret peace talks between the United States and the Taliban. (2) As McCarthy notes Qaradawi issued a fatwa exhorting Muslims to kill U.S. troops in Iraq.

For President Obama to ask Qaradawi to act in America’s interests in Afghanistan would be like asking Hell’s Angels to provide security at a White House concert; asking Michael Vick to take Bo out for a walk or asking Jerry Sandusky to babysit prepubescent male children.

But even if Obama hadn’t sought out Qaradawi that still leaves the secret negotiations with the Taliban. The idea that our armed forces spent more than ten years fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan only for President Obama to legitimize and leave with them in power in the vain hope that they, like the Muslim Brotherhood, will become a largely secular organization is an insult to our military’s duty, heroism and sacrifice. It would be like our forces leaving Japan with Tojo still in power after bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Then again, it was President Obama who wanted to apologize to Japan for Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2009. (3) Fortunately, the Japanese government had the good sense to put the kibosh on such impropriety and imprudence.

Suffice it to say, I am not surprised that President Obama sees fit to negotiate with the Taliban nor I am surprised that Obama thought it a good idea to ask Sheikh Qaradawi to intercede. After all, this is the President who was prepared to engage Iran, North Korea and Venezuela without precondition. This is the President whose administration saw fit to give guns to Mexican drug cartels. This is the President who thought it sensible to give in excess of half a billion dollars to the sinkhole known as Solyndra to manufacture overpriced solar panels no one wanted to buy. This is also the President who has accumulated more debt in less than three years in office than all his predecessors accumulated in 220 years.

And yet in ten months time, Americans might very well see fit to bestow Obama with another four years in office. Although Obama’s Gallup numbers are lower than those of Jimmy Carter at this stage of his Presidency, the White House’s current resident has some things going for him. As Charles Lane of The Washington Post notes:

On the plus side for Obama, majorities continue to like him personally and to describe him as honest and trustworthy. His foreign-policy ratings are strong, blunting the GOP’s traditional edge in that department. The man who presided over the demise of Osama bin Laden scored a phenomenal 63 percent approval rating on fighting terrorism in an early November Gallup poll. (4)

I would add to that a billion dollar war chest and a media that, despite its disappointment with him, is still largely sympathetic to his agenda. Put together, these assets are considerable and may prove to be insurmountable for any Republican challenger to overcome. At this point, Mitt Romney is considered the odds on favorite to win the GOP nomination despite the fact a critical mass of the conservative movement is at odds with him both personally and substantively. Yet with one Republican challenger after the other rising and falling while Romney stays steady, GOP activists might very well settle for the former Massachusetts Governor. But even if Republicans settle for Romney that doesn’t mean the rest of the country will be prepared to do the same.

Then again what if Ron Paul decides to run as a third party candidate should he fail to win the Republican nomination? Nothing would delight the Obama campaign more because not only would Paul’s presence help Obama in November he would make Obama look like Abraham Lincoln.

Of course it was Lincoln who famously said, “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Yet President Obama doesn’t need to fool all of the people to get re-elected. Whatever the sheer stupidity of negotiating with the Taliban, allowing Sheikh Qaradawi to mediate the negotiations, allowing weapons to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels or accumulating record levels of debt, there will be a segment of the population that will not know or will not care about such details. They will only remember that Obama gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden even if Team Six did the heavy lifting. Even though bin Laden’s killing doesn’t end the threat of Islamic radical terrorism against the United States; for an American public weary of war, it might be just enough to get Obama over the finish line.

The big question facing America in 2012 is whether President Obama will be able to fool us again?

(1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhrZgojY1Q

(2) http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/286854/obama-recruits-qaradawi-andrew-c-mccarthy

(3) http://news.investors.com/Article/587698/201110111829/Apologies-Not-Accepted.htm

(4) http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gloomy-numbers-for-obama/2012/01/02/gIQAuGI3WP_story.html

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Aaron Goldstein writes about the things that pique his insatiable curiosity. In addition to politics, he is an aficionado of baseball, poetry, music and ketchup flavored potato chips. Aaron satiates his various appetites in Boston. | Aaron Goldstein | aargold24@hotmail.com | Print | Category: Politics: General, Culture: Government, Elections & Political Parties, Terrorism, War on Terror

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