Dear Friends: Long-time readers know I am a Palin Democrat. Needless to say, I was a little unhappy with the news that Sarah is not putting her hat into the Presidential ring for 2012. However, I was not stunned.
For my resilience, I wish to thank my beloved husband Horemheb and the members of the San Diego Local Order of Bloggers. They had always been a bit skeptical of Palin’s chances of winning (though I think she should have run anyway, to focus the debate on the real issues). They were also wary of her motivation (believing she was more interested in profit than public service). Because I value their well considered opinions, I did not go all in — so the news of her decision was not as upsetting as it might have been.
Tammy Bruce and her fans have a great discussion on Palin’s choice, and there is a wide range of reactions in the Palinsphere.There are two themes that are brought up with which I concur:
* The announcement was poorly timed and executed. Why have SarahPAC issue a donation request to “help Palin decide” a couple of weeks ago — when it was probably a firm “no” for a run? Why wait until day after the general release of “The Undefeated”? I don’t mind profit, but this seems dishonest. Fortunately, because of the sensibilities of my friends and husband, I did not drop a dime into this enterprise.
* The rest of the GOP field is deeply flawed. Romney thinks man-made global warming is real and has Romneycare. Perry can’t debate effectively and just called reasoned citizens “heartless”. Cain presents as a radio talk show host, lacks depth on non-business issues, and besmirched Perry’s character falsely on a media constructed racial matter. Bachmann is a non-starter for her selection of Ed Rollins and the fact she is a Romney tool. Ron Paul is a no-go for his lack of sane messaging on important topics and foreign policy stances. Huntsman is an elite charlatan hack. Rick Santorum is too focused on social issues, and Gingrich is a beltway insider whose expiration date has passed (and who tried to usurp the tea party movement when it first arose).
This leaves me, by default, with Gary Johnson — who at least has a record of effective executive experience in New Mexico and hasn’t tried to insult my intelligence. In fact, one of my deeply liberal friends indicated that Johnson was the only GOP candidate she could vote for. However, as Johnson has not been blessed by the Republican establishment nor allowed to participate in the debate process by the elite media I don’t think I will have this choice on Nov, 6 2012.
So, in Nov. 2012, my focus will be on the House of Representatives and Senate as part of Operation Counterweight. The only thing I can say about tea partiers for certain is that 100% of them will be voting next November. For whom, I cannot say. However, it will be the purpose of citizen activists everywhere to get fiscally-oriented, small-government-focused representation in the Congress to greet the new President.
I am a Democrat. I will not vote for Obama under any circumstance. The man and his wife have shown themselves to be corrupt and self-serving.
However, it seems that I will have to be inebriated to some level when I go to the polls to pull the lever for the GOP candidate. Therefore, I have devised the Beer Test, which will help me convey to my Republican friends the actual cross-party appeal their candidate has. So far, here are my number:
Johnson: One beer.
Perry: 2 beers.
Romney: Martini with a beer chaser.
Cain: 4 beers.
Santorum: 4 beers.
Ron Paul: 6 beers.
Gingrich: 3 beers, followed by 3 Long Island Ice Teas.
Bachmann: Vodka on the rocks.
Huntsman: Pint of Everclear.
The alcohol levels may change as the debates continue and the primary season progresses. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section; Chris Reed kindly invited me to opine tomorrow on his Top Story show tomorrow (I should be on about 7:30 pm).