So, I recently added Michelle Malkin back to my Google Reader RSS feeds… and today I stumbled upon her post “GOP 2012: The Hold Your Nose Tracker” which lists some of the skeletons in the closet for what she refers to as the “four front-runners” of the race: Romney, Cain, Perry, and… Gingrich?
Every single one of these front-runners is a pro-TARP interventionist with a variety of problematic Big Biz/Big Government impulses and alliances.
Which one will do the least worst job against Obama in the debates, on the campaign trail, and ultimately in the White House? Which one will insult the base the least? Which one will actually have the energy, competence, and credibility to directly challenge Obama’s corruption, profligacy, class-warfare demagoguery, progressive pandering, and epidemic failures?
It’s funny.. looking at the polls from October 17th (which I am guessing is the date she referenced since that is the date on which she wrote her post), I see six polls. One is candidate-specific (side note: is it just me, or hasn’t anyone polled the numbers of Paul v. Obama since September 30th, when they tested each of them versus Obama in… Connecticut. And… they all lost to him. Oh, and there was Florida before that, where both Romney and Paul were within one point of Obama. But since then? Nope. Just Romney, Perry, and Cain. Come on, I want to see how Paul compares in places other than Connecticut.), four are state-specific, and one is national. So let’s assume she used that one?
Romney 26, Cain 25, Perry 13, Gingrich 8, Paul 9, Bachmann 6, Huntsman 1, Santorum 2
Funny… seems to me that the top four candidates are Romney, Cain, Perry, and… Paul. Heck, in New Hampshire, Gingrich has the same polling numbers as Huntsman, people. Huntsman. I digress.
I guess my point is: it’s not just the mainstream media that refuses to give Paul time or attention. It’s the blogosphere, too. I’m glad that she’s pointing out the ties that these four candidates have to Big Government, but… can she not point out the alternative? If she doesn’t agree with Paul’s entire platform, that’s fine. I don’t agree with his entire platform, either! I mean, she comes right out and says,
As all of these candidates’ campaigns remind us — endlessly — there’s no such thing as a perfect candidate.
Yep, don’t we all know it? Politics is the Pageant of the Imperfects.
Okay… so let’s tell people about another option. The option that didn’t vote for TARP. The option that has been against Big Government all along. The option that predicted the housing bubble.