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Iowa Republican Debate August 11th 2011

Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:57 am
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If the Republican Party believes that the White House can be again occupied by a Republican in 2012 they need to look elsewhere than the group of "candidates" that were in Des Moines, Iowa last night. There is no way that Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman or Newt Gingrich, or Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney will be the Republican "Standard Bearer" in 2012.

I am certain that the "old guard" Republican Leadership would not disagree with this assessment. Would I waste any of my money supporting this group, hell no!

The issue is even more dire than just the group in last night's debate. Barack Obama is more than capable of being beaten in 2012. The issue is that the Republicans look as though they are not really interested in winning back the White House in 2012.

Unfortunately coming out of the fog will be Governor Rick Perry of Texas.  The scary thing here is Rick Perry might actually have the ability to win in 2012. Scary thought but very plausible. Perry could potentially win all of the South. Texas and Florida are big "Electoral" prizes. Remember each of these States will gain votes in the Electoral College per the 2010 census.

Barack Obama would absolutely need to win in California and New York State to offset those numbers. Then the real test would be can Obama win enough of the Far West and Northeast along with Michigan, Ohio (questionable) and Indiana. Obama won Virginia and North Carolina in 2008. I see those States going to Rick Perry. Perish the thought of Perry, the religious zealot, in the White House.

Think about it, Four of the greatest Presidents of the 20th Century, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman & Dwight Eisenhower, (two Republicans & two Democrats) never felt it necessary to where their faith on their shirtsleeves. Why is this so necessary now?

Maybe the Democrats need to look for another candidate afterall?



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