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 April 6, 2011  Posted by on April 6, 2011 Pure Politics Tagged with: , , , , ,  Add comments

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The GOP horse race for the 2012 Presidential nomination hasn’t yet started, but of the dozen or so apparent contenders, two are…or should be…dead in the gate.

Both are bright (one bordering on brilliant politically), both are energetic, and both would be able to raise enough money to run an effective campaign.

The problem is that both have flaws that will, or should, kill their chances at the GOP nomination.

Each have ethical flaws that doom them in the GOP. Their flaws would not hurt them in the democrat race, progressives following Saul Alinsky’s adage from “Rules for Radicals” that the ends justify the means…any means, but they do matter in the GOP primaries and at the convention.

Each also has at least one fatal flaw in their policy/politics views.

One is currently considered a dark horse, and one is now a favorite. Let’s take a look at these two, and why they will not get the nomination:

• The dark horse, Donald Trump. “The Donald” has his positives. As I said earlier, he is bright and energetic, and paying for a campaign should be no problem for him as he has already expressed a willingness to spend $600 million dollars f his own money on a campaign…and there is the ethical rub. He shouldn’t have the $600 million to spend.

 

Trump has turned bankruptcy into a business model, costing thousands of people millions of dollars while he walks away from deal after deal scot free.

 

There was a time not so long ago when bankruptcy was an option, but only the LAST option, when things went south for a person financially; a last resort when all other options had been exhausted. To many, “going bankrupt” was even a matter of shame.

 

Not so with Trump. Depending on your sources and how hard and deep you dig, Trump has bankrupted, personally and in business, at least 20-30 times, taking bankruptcy as an easy way out of difficult financial situations rather than “fixing” things, and in so doing has left countless people holding the bag financially.

 

Ethics matter to GOP voters, many of them old enough to remember when bankruptcy carried at least a bit of a stigma. Those people will turn away from Trump in droves.

 

Trump also has a policy/decision making process problem. In a recent interview with Bill O’Reily on FOXNews, when asked about his stance on abortion and if he would work to make it illegal, he answered with how he “feels” about abortion and said he would base his decisions on abortion law on those feelings.

 

We do not need a president who operates on “feelings”, we need a president who operates on the constitution and the rule of law. As is often said, we are a nation of laws, not of men, and operating on “feelings” ignores that truism.

 

• The political “Whiz Kid”, Newt Gingrich. No longer a kid like he was in 1994, Gingrich is still a whiz, perhaps the most astute politician in the GOP, if not in American politics as a whole. He is bright and a great student of American history, especially the revolutionary period.

 

As such, one would expect him to know, and be responsive to, the founding fathers’ admonitions, especially that of George Washington, against fealty to party rather than principle. In his Farewell Address, Washington warns against party politics thusly:

 

“It serves to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration….agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one….against another….it opens the door to foreign influence and corruption…thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”

 

Rather than take that to heart, Gingrich is the ultimate party hack, choosing party over principle, the GOP over the people, time and time again, as best demonstrated in the 2008 election cycle.

 

Not even having a dog in the fight, Gingrich could…and should…have been silent on the race for New York’s 23rd congressional seat. Dede Scozzafava, a “moderate” Republican favoring abortion and being pro-union while having an anti-second amendment stance, was the GOP nominee. New York is one of the few states with a strong third party, the Conservative Party, and their nominee was Doug Hoffman…staunchly anti-abortion, anti-union, and pro-second amendment, all basic tennents of republicans.

 

Gingrich endorsed Scozzafava over Hoffman, choosing the Republican Party over republican principles.

 

Gingrich falls far short of the average GOP voter’s ideal candidate when it comes to ethics and morals as well. Gingrich has two failed marriages behind him, both due to his infidelity. If that weren’t bad enough, his problems keeping his pants zipped occurred while his then-wives were dealing with illness, one having cancer.

 

His excuse? In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network Gingrich said:

 

…that there were times, when “partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country… I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

 

In another interview, with Chris Wallace of FOXNews, Gingrich blamed his infidelity on the pressure of his job as speaker of the house in the ‘90’s. To use Wallace’s words, that excuse is “rather lame”.

 

Gingrich doesn’t have a clue what pressure is. Based on his excuse, every serviceman and woman coming back from being shot at in Afghanistan and Iraq has an excuse to sleep around. Based on his excuse, every police officer involved in a shooting incident with a criminal should seek comfort in the arms of a mistress rather than a wife. Based on his excuse, every businessman watching his business crumble in our current poor economy should be keeping a harem.

 

Mr. Gingrich, I know people who are under pressure, REAL pressure, and you have never been one of them.

 

The gate is about to open on the horse race for the GOP presidential nomination, and there will be several real contenders.

 

These two won’t even leave the gate.

 

 

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Bob

Semi-retired North Georgia writer, blogger, boiled peanut salesman, fisherman, politician - baiter...and the best damn cook you know who doesn't make a living at it. Which do I enjoy the most? It's a toss up between fishin' and baiting politicians.

  17 Responses to “Race not started but two GOP horses dead in the gate”

Comments (15)
  1.  

    Hey Bob…I agree with ya, and hate em both. Interesting times ahead for the GOP. Even Michelle Bachmann is now toning it down a bit.

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      Hansi…don’t pat me on the back too much…LOL. I think you’ll disagree with me a LOT when I get around to handicapping some other possibilities like Herman Cain, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Chrstie.

      Frankly, I don’t want it toned down…D.C. politicians have proven they don’t hear a damn thing unless you yell real loud…but the GOP possibilities need to be ramping things up over real issues, not playing around the edges. Cowards.

  2.  

    Bob,
    The Donald is not a real candidate but I think he would provide a lot of fun at the debates because he would be willing to say anything unlike the feel-good Republicans that we always end up with.
    I like Newt- mostly for what he did in the 90′s. But I don’t believe he can go all the way and he is not the one I am looking for. Unfortunately, nobody else is either. BTW I hate reCAPTCHA. Do you really have that much spam?

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      Nope…not here because the blog is so new, but I was getting a LOT at JuicyMaters so when I added the reCaptcha there I did it to both blogs to stop a problem before it happened.

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      Ralph, I think The Donald is serious…doesn’t have a chance, but could act as a spoiler. Can you spell “Ross Perot”?

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      I think "The Donald" is serious…and worry he'll be another Ross Perot style spoiler.

  3.  

    Kay, it depends.

    Big R, GOP, modern Republican? No.

    Little r, constitutional conservative republican? Yes.

    Hang around…when I finish with all of them tell me you are disappointed. You might be surprised.

  4.  

    Ah Bob, so disappointing. Republican? Really?

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      Depends on your definition of republican. If you mean modern day, big party GOP, big "R" Republican…no.

      OTOH, if you mean old fashioned, smal "r" republican who believes in the constitution and it's amendments as the law of the land unless and until it is further amended…yes.

      The post addressed two possible Republican candidates because, unless one wants a further slide toward bankruptcy, European socialism, and or complete economic collapse, that is what the option will be.

      Don't be disappointed until I sort through the possibilities. You might find yourself agreeing with me. Miracles DO happen you know.

  5.  

    I believe miracles do happen but not with these two horses. They don't have what it takes to be one. Nice post Bob full of controversy, something I love the most..

  6.  

    Yeah i really believe that, I think he would provide a lot of fun at the debates because he would be willing to say anything unlike the feel-good Republicans that we always end up with.

  7.  

    I like Newt- mostly for what he did in the 90′s. But I don’t believe he can go all the way and he is not the one I am looking for. Unfortunately, nobody else is either. BTW I hate reCAPTCHA. Do you really have that much spam?

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      Newt is probably the smartest man in the race, and the most ABLE to be president. However, I don't think a person can be one way in his public life and another in private…and he has shown he has no morals or ethics by his private life actions. Besides, he will choose party over principle…and over the public good…every time.

  8.  

    I like Newt- mostly for what he did in the 90′s. But I don’t believe he can go all the way and he is not the one I am looking for. Unfortunately. THANKS! | :P

  9.  

    The Donald is not a real candidate but I think he would provide a lot of fun at the debates because he would be willing to say anything unlike the feel-good Republicans that we always end up with. | :P

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