FWIW, here’s my summary take on the GOP field as it stands, on the nomination, and the ramifications of the next election, should I be correct.
Romney: Say anything to get nominated and then run-away from Conservatism to get elected; we never win with moderates: Ford, GHW Bush on his own (not as Regan-II), Dole, McCain. If the GOP can’t get past the Rockefeller wing, then we’ll keep losing – and should.
Perry: Can’t debate. Arguably shot himself in the foot with the big prayer meeting, shot himself in the thigh with immigration (with the Base, though I agree with him), shot himself in the chest with his stumbling debate performances. Dead candidate walking. Too bad.
Bachmann: Done – vaccination stuff, hubby weird anti-gay clinic, etc. Though she’d probably be a decent SecTreas with her tax background.
Paul: Too far out in libertarian-land; can’t win.
Newt: Great ideas, combative with the MSM. Arguably too-damaged goods.
Palin: Won’t run (at least not in the GOP); too-damaged goods.
Christie: Too moderate. Rockefeller Wing. Won’t run. Yeah, he can take-on the unions, but calling people islamophobes for being against putting a muslim on a court is crazy-Left. Supports gun control. And he’s missed his opportunity, by 2016 or 2020 he’ll be way past his sell-by date.
Huntsman: An insulting joke that he’s running as a Republican. He irritates me just by being on the debate stage.
Thaddeus: Seriously? Who’s he trying to kid?
Which leaves, of course, Cain…. And Rubio as Veep. Cain is the Right guy at the Right time in the Right place. Read the linked column (WSJ). Let’s hope he’s smart enough to put Bolton as SecState and West as SecDef.
Seriously – what would the Dems do if the racist old Tea Party-led GOP nominated a Black-Hispanic ticket? I think it’d make 2010 look like a minor skirmish. Electoral wipeout of Dems. Although that Leftidiot Garofalo already has stated that those GOPers supporting Cain are racist. Go figure. These people really are just insane. Clinically.
Obama’s coat-tails are so long they’ve already enshrouded in electoral death Dem candidates in NY and NV more than a year in advance of HRH Obama’s (assumed) re-election vote. HRH has lost the youth vote (MTV won’t use their marketing arm on his behalf; youth employment at record highs), the Black vote (insulting the CBC; black unemployment at record levels; black youth unemployment at record levels of about 50%), the women’s vote (not keeping their kids safe), the environmental vote (abandoning the EPA ruling last week, probably soon to abandon opposition to the Keystone pipeline), the anti-war Left vote (Iraq, Afgh still going on – added Libya, drone strikes in Yemen, GITMO still open, etc.), and even the far-left whacko vote (not destroying the American economy quickly enough, compromising with the GOP, etc.).
A Cain/Rubio ticket very well could result in a realignment of historic proportions, especially when sensible fiscal policy begins to take-hold and we zoom out of the soon-to-be-double-dip recession the Left has given us. We FINALLY can bury Keynes (and, the adults in the room hope, Krugman).
Cain/Rubio 2012 could even mean the end of the Democrat party as we know it today, a swing to the GOP of the Hispanic vote, and a beginning of competing for the African American vote. This would be great for America and outstanding for Blacks. The GOP doesn’t now compete for the African-American vote (why bother?) and the Dems know they don’t HAVE to compete for it, so don’t bother, and just keep Blacks down and out, tossing them maturity-destroying welfare scraps from the table.
Cain/Rubio could actually portend a return to a pre-1968-Boomer-Lib adult Democrat Party, which would be good for America.