For much of the past couple of weeks I’ve been coming to terms with the failure of my preferred candidate for President, former Governor Tim Pawlenty. Governor Pawlenty ran a solid if unspectacular campaign, but in the end couldn’t reach the escape velocity needed to get out of the current morass of GOP presidential candidates. In ending his campaign the way he did, he showed he was a rational person and politician, not someone driven by ego. That’s right, I’m looking at you Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. I loved Pawlenty for the following:
1. Pawlenty was the true Anti-Obama: You can call Tim Pawlenty many things, but “godlike” isn’t one of them. No thrills running up Chris Matthews legs here. I really liked Pawlenty for being as modest as one who runs for President these days can be. Being relatively boring and very competent is what our country needs to repair itself now. Our last three Presidents have had what I felt was an excess of hubris that has caused a lot of unnecessary grief for our country: Clinton and his women, GWB and his Yankee bred aloofness, and Obama perhaps thinking he really is a god.
2. He wasn’t over-threatening to the Left: While Pawlenty didnt’ over excite the conservative base, he didn’t cause much angst for Democrats, and that was good. The last thing we need to do is give the other side is a reason to fight. Better to let them wallow in their own misery and Obama hangover (an Obam-over?) while sneaking up on them to deliver the coup de grace. Think about it, Unions are disgusted with the Democratic party and are starting to pull money out to use for their own goals, and just about every other left leaning interest group is similarly disaffected in one way or another. I think someone like Michelle Bachmann or Sarah Palin will cause the left to get their backs up and unite. I think that’s counterproductive in the end because in this Obama economy a battle between two unmotivated bases means that we win. Big. Is it counter-intuitive? Yes, did I think it would work, Heck yes.
Oh well. No use crying over things that never were and never will be. Now to review the surviving candidates (barring new entries) and try to figure out who to support:
1. Mitt Romney: Ah, no. I don’t trust him and I think he would say anything to be the next President of the United States. He has many of the same problems John Kerry did, flip-flopper, too wooden, ect. Romney even has the rich Massachusetts guy part down.
2. Michelle Bachmann: Better than Romney, but I think she is still too wet behind the ears. She has six years in the House as a junior member, which I don’t think is enough to be President. She is also very divisive, a very popular target for the left, which will give them added motivation going in to the election. I also question if the has the personality to be an effective president, she seems a bit inflexible in her ways for my tastes.
3. Rick Perry: Almost our winner by default. I like Gov. Perry’s blue collar southern background, and he has the experience to President. Both of which are nice contrasts to the current President. I do have my concerns though, I fear that the country may not be ready again for someone with a Texas swagger (at least Perry’s is natural, unlike GWB) We’ll see if his charm and campaigning skills can balance that out and produce us the next President of the United States of America.