- With all of the infighting in the Republican Party, how can a non-political junkie decide who the right candidate is? If I were Obama, I would keep my mouth shut and let the other side self-destruct. Why can’t they just concentrate on Obama’s record and stand together? – Ben
While I agree that some political infighting can be catty and unnecessary, it’s imperative in my opinion that conservatives within the Republican Party assertively challenge the phonies, RINOs, and big-government, business-as-usual types. We absolutely need strong conservative voices fighting for the repeal of Obamacare, significant spending cuts, and a return to constitutional principles. That means taking on both the Left and those within the GOP who have a greater passion for getting re-elected and/or returning favors than for doing what’s right for America.
I strongly favor a GOP primary filled with lots of competition. I want the principled conservatives to force other candidates to show their true colors when challenged. It does the Republican Party almost no good to promote a candidate who would be a watered-down version of Barack Obama.
- What will it take for a quality candidate to rise up and overshadow Donald Trump? I’m worried he will stick around and hamper America’s chance to start to rebuild. Everyone clearly understands the damage that will be done if Obama gets elected again. – Damond
A lot depends upon who enters the race. Trump is not a principled conservative by any stretch of the imagination. He has flip-flopped on numerous issues of national significance, praised Nancy Pelosi, voiced support for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, and donated to the campaigns of Anthony Weiner, Harry Reid, and Chuck Schumer, among other prominent liberals. He has also been critical of Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity,” a plan which seeks to save Medicare, repair Medicaid, and seriously get this country back on track.
One aspect of Trump’s delivery that I think is appealing to many is his willingness to speak his mind and to take on the media. However, I assure you that there are others who can do that and are principled conservatives. Whether or not those folks will enter the 2012 race remains to be seen. If they do, I think they will shine the most.
- What commentary by politicians and/or 2012 potential candidates stood out for you this week? – Michelle P.
Sarah Palin’s recent segment on “On the Record” was fantastic. She took on President Obama’s lack of leadership with respect to Libya, energy policy, our economy, and more. I encourage you to check it out here. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) had a great segment on “The Lou Dobbs Show” regarding gas prices, which you can view here. I also enjoyed Herman Cain’s op-ed this week in The Daily Caller, “Obama’s oil-price blame game.”
- How much attention do you pay to polling when it comes to 2012 and other topics? – Jack S.
At this point, 2012 polling means almost nothing. To give you some perspective, in April of 2007, all eyes were on a potential Giuliani vs. Clinton race.
However, some polling not related to 2012 does catch my eye. This week, a national telephone survey by Rasmussen Reports revealed that “just 23% of Likely U.S. Voters are aware that most of the current deficit is the result of spending commitments made by Congress in the 1960s and 1970s. Forty-nine percent (49%) incorrectly believe that’s not the case. Twenty-nine percent (29%) more are not sure.”
That’s quite scary, especially because we’re currently faced with a president who appears determined to repeat past mistakes.