Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GOP Fuck Up

FLG was reading Eugene Robinson today. FLG knows where Eugene Robinson stands, so he takes this all with a grain of salt, but he is concerned.

Sarah Palin needs to stop pretending to run for president. She ain't gonna win. Or more precisely, if she wins the nomination, then the GOP throws FLG's currently anti-Obama vote back to Obama.

FLG needs to look into this more:
[Pawlenty] charged, for example, that Obama has been too timid in committing U.S. forces to military action in Libya.

Because if that's the case, then there's another person who just lost FLG's vote. That sentiment is either grandstanding by calling Obama soft or the product of idiotic national security thinking. The correct answer is that the US doesn't have any strategic interests in Libya and it has always been the Europeans who are and should be driving this.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, pretty much confirmed that she’s about to declare her candidacy.

Yawn.

Newt Gingrich is still in the race

For fuck's sake, why?

This bleak panorama boosts the chances of Mitt Romney, who has to be considered the clear front-runner.

In the past, FLG has called Romney the Plastic Presidential Superhero. He's just a little too polished and he clearly wants the job too bad. Not that they all aren't egomaniac crazy people. In any case, right now, FLG is in the Romney camp. He's the only one who FLG thinks can beat Obama.

BTW, Romney seems to fly in the face of FLG's theory that ambitious and successful politicians have daddy issues, which usually include either absenteeism or abuse. Apparently, Romney idolized his father.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a fun post. Really. It's makes me laugh.

A piece of unasked for advice, don't let Sarah Palin get to you so much. Let her get to others, pop some popcorn, crack open a beer and watch the show. Do you realize what we might be watching soon? Two women -one who can shoot bears from helicopters -going against each other to beat out a metrosexual. C'mon, this is going to be great.

Another piece of unasked for advice, accept the reality -now- that all of the Republicans running are more qualified than Obama was when you voted for him 2 years ago an his record since being in office is one of massive failure.

Mrs. P

Withywindle said...

Re Pawlenty: It's reasonable to argue that if you're going to be in Libya at all, don't be half-assed about it.

LibertyAtStake said...

"FLG is in the Romney camp. He's the only one who FLG thinks can beat Obama"

AYKM? RomneyCare vs. ObamaCare is not the cage match the people need to see in the general. If strong women frighten you, then take a look at Herman Cain. *Our black guy is smarter than your black guy* is a pretty good bumper sticker, after all.

d(^_^)b
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“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

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FLG said...

Mrs. P:

Palin and Bachman will simply to steal spotlight from people who may actually have a chance of winning.

On the second point, that's exactly why I'm pro-Romney right now? He's capable.

Withy:
To question the level of commitment is to grant that Libya is a strategic interest, which it isn't. The correct argument is to question the entire mission, not our level of commitment. Granted, at some point, for example, once you're country is committed to an invasion, then it becomes a strategic interest to be successful regardless of whether it was initial a strategic interest. But that's not the case here.

LibertyAtStake:
It has nothing to do with strong women. It has everything to do with Palin, who isn't strong in my opinion, and Bachman who is far too ideological for me. For example, I could support Condoleezza Rice for president.

Also, while Romney's speech trying to draw a distinction between Romneycare and Obamacare was weak, I think he can make that case eventually.

LibertyAtStake said...

There is no time in this cycle for subtle, nuanced arguments about how RomneyCare fits federalism and ObamaCare violates the concept. This cycle is for bare-knuckle principled conservatives who leave no doubt with anyone where they stand. Romney is wrong guy, wrong cycle. Cain, Bachmann, and Palin all work just fine for me.

d(^_^)b
http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

The Ancient said...

I agree with Withy.

Beyond that, I think if we're going to insist that our European allies come along with us on Iraq and Afghanistan, I don't see how we can reasonably refuse to provide logistical support for something that is -- as you say -- primarily in their own theater of concern.

FLG said...

Ancient:

As far as Libya goes, I think we don't have any business being there; however, as you point out, we do have an interest in keeping the allies happy. (But NATO delenda est.) So, I'm not all that critical of the way Obama played it. It just doesn't make any sense to say we should've done more.

George Pal said...

I hold no truck for any of the candidates except as entertainment – so I agree with Mrs. P, kick back and enjoy.
Dollar for dollar though, there would be no greater entertainment than to watch a serious contender to Obama in the Democratic primaries.

Run Hillary Run!

Anonymous said...

FLG, Romney had my vote last time around. Liberty at Stake has it spot on here-- "There is no time in this cycle for subtle, nuanced arguments about how RomneyCare fits federalism and ObamaCare violates the concept. This cycle is for bare-knuckle principled conservatives who leave no doubt with anyone where they stand."

I'm not sure yet if Romney is the wrong candidate now. Pawlenty is very promising. And others. Also, we're really not that halfassed about Libya since we have B-52s bombing it fairly frequently. Nothing halfassed about a B52 - the only thing over 50 you can trust. As for the race, it's still too soon. Also, as far as Palin, look at it from the other end of the stick. Not that she's running but what she's doing. She's focusing the destructive-to-conservatives focus of the press on her...That's good for the rest of the pack. Just enjoy it.

George, my guess is we will have a good chance of seeing an anti-Israel, pro-Palestine- anti-war challenge from the Far Left of the Dems...

Mrs. P

 
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