“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!” - Richard The Third Act 5, scene 4
Okay, so my kingdom is about an acre in size. And I live in the west, so chances are, I could find a horse if I really needed one. Hell out here people ride ‘em to the 7-11. In fact I can look out the window of my study and see several right now. And my neighbors are nice people, so if I needed to borrow a horse I’m sure they would accommodate me.
But we don’t need a horse. We need a candidate. Dear God, do we need a candidate.
Living in the Beehive State, the two names that surface the most when it comes to the discussion of who will vie for the right to look impressive from the Rose Garden are of course Mitt Romney and *sigh* Jon Huntsman.
To be fair, Mitt threw an impressive Olympiad. I actually ponied up $200 to a broker on the streets of Park City in 2002 for tickets to the Germany-China Women’s Hockey match up, and it was a good game. The next time we throw a world class life changing sporting event here in Utah I’m sure he’ll be the first one we call. But can I see him as the guy riding first-class on Air Force One? No.
The biggest problem people have with Mitt seems to be the Osmosis Factor. Mitt seems capable of saying “Are you pro life? Well So am I; unless you aren’t. Isn’t his man-made global warming situation awful” It seems Mr. Romney assumes the shape and form of whatever audience to whom he is speaking. Haven’t we had enough of ersatz Republicans jockeying for the slot of “most enlightened”? How many times do we have to repeat: “We don’t need Democrat Lite or Democrat 2.0? Rick Perry was dead on when he told the Republicans in New Orleans to stop feeding the Liberal Alligator in the hopes you won’t be eaten. The Left doesn’t like us. Right now they’re mad at BHO for not being liberal enough. No GOP candidate can win by trying to Out-Herod Herod in the warm fuzzy and sensitive department. Perry was clear. Be who you are. Now if only Romney can figure that out and stick to it, then we would know what he have (or don’t have )on our hands.
And Huntsman? Okay, so he can talk to the Chinese about human rights. That would be great f the Chinese actually cared what we thought about human rights. But he lost me with the civil campaign portion of his speech when he announced his run. Harry Reid is a fan of his, and to be honest I’m going to have a hard time getting behind a candidate who got the nod from Harry Reid after his family gave Reid a pile of cash.