GOP Presidential Candidates
With President Obama’s announcement on Friday that American troops currently serving in Iraq will be home for the holidays, most high profile Republicans have been left with only one response, that leaving early endangers Iraq and bolsters insurgents.
Christie stayed consistent with his point that indeed, he is not interested in running for President. Even though that had been his position of some time, the announcement still caught some by surprise due to his recent popularity among a lackluster group of candidates.
President Obama employed his new populist campaign theme in Colorado, and even christened it with a clever new title — “class warrior,” CBSDenver.com blogger Dominic Dezzutti writes.
But what interests me is will the official Tea Party questions stick to the fiscal issues that created the movement in the first place, or will social conservative issues push their way into the debate?
How China handles their currency is indeed a problem, but actually proposing to sanction a country holding such a large amount of our country’s debt is like sending a complaint letter to a credit card company that you owe thousands of dollars to and expecting a positive change.
First of all, even if these candidates feel that way about the gay marriage issue, to sign a pledge making such a commitment during their potential Presidential term is absolutely counterintuitive to democracy.
It only took two thousand Iowans to derail the Presidential campaign of someone who was considered a very real GOP contender when he entered the race.
All of the other issues pale in comparison at this point in the campaign. There will be plenty of time to contemplate illegal immigration, how to handle Iran and our growing deficit. But right now, the real issues to consider for the GOP are winnability, fundraising and winnability.
It’s understandable why few voters, Republicans or otherwise, would be paying attention right now, being mid June of 2011. It’s also understandable that the GOP candidates shouldn’t be media sensations this early in the campaign. But even though it’s early in the campaign, the major candidates shouldn’t be this underwhelming.