SARAH PALIN WILL NOT BE OUR PRESIDENT IN 2012. There. I said it. I’m so tired of hearing her name and of the backlash that occurs when you point out negatives. She is not perfect. She is not the savior of the GOP. She is a woman. A woman who has flaws that will prevent her from holding the office of POTUS and VPOTUS. Her downfall, should there be one, would not be the downfall of conservatives.
I will be the first to admit that I loved her. She got me excited. When she came out onto the scene at the convention I was stoked. Part of that was that she was a breath of fresh air in contrast to McCain. I was looking for ANYTHING about this election that didn’t nauseate me. However, the glitter has faded.
The debacle on my facebook page last night is a prime example of why she SHOULDN’T run for national office. She is the most polarizing candidate we could possibly put forward… and we do NOT need a polarizing candidate on our side. We need a candidate that can effectively communicate what we stand for and win votes that way. Palin is not going to do that for us. I agree, she rallied the base. I’m not devaluing that – someone had to do it. What is not okay is how conservatives are cannibalizing each other over the Palin issue. Do we really think she can be effective if she can’t even unite us?
I know you all are going to blame the media. This is only partly true – the media did her dirty. She got the shaft. Hardcore. There’s no disputing that. There are issues beyond her national image that can’t be swept under the rug anymore.
First, I have a problem with her oil company tax. How is that any different than what Obama is doing? Let’s tax the heck out of the big evil companies, and then give the money back to the people. Sound familiar? Why has this not been brought up?
Second, there are social con issues I don’t feel like dredging up on here. I’ve already done that.
Third, I despise the cult of personality that she seems to inspire. I have heard entirely too much about Palin in 2012. The slightest criticism of her always results in an all out war. Why is it okay for us to behave like Obamabots? Conservatism is NOT about one person. It is not about Palin or Jindal or even Reagan. It is about our principles. It is about making government smaller. It is about upholding the Constitution. Shifting our enthusiasm from principles to people will result in further breakdown.
I can already hear Palin supporters heads exploding over this one. Sorry guys. Now, if she were to somehow, by some crazy scenario, end up on the GOP ticket in 2012, I would probably support her. I may not even have to hold my nose when I pull the lever like I did with McCain… but my focus for 2012 is elsewhere.
Charlie Crist. Current governor of Florida. From what I gather, he sort of runs the socially moderate line – not too different from the state he governs. His background’s pretty boring. Law degree. Took the bar three times to pass it. At the time of his gubernatorial victory, he was serving as Florida’s attorney general. Etc, etc.
Biggest strengths I can see are that he’s got a reputation for being fiscally conservative – in fact, this year he was named the most fiscally conservative governor by Cato:
The Cato Institute ranked Governor Crist the most fiscally conservative governor in the United States. The Governor was one of three state executives to earn an A rating, and scored more than 15 points higher than the next Governor in the A category.
The Cato Institute noted Governor Crist’s advocacy for major property tax cuts, including signing a measure that requires local governments to roll back a portion of recent property tax increases, while capping future tax increases for some types of property. The Institute also commented on Governor Crist’s support for Amendment 1, which expanded homestead exemptions and established other property tax breaks including portability, saving Florida taxpayers billions of dollars. Finally, CATO mentions that the State Budgets signed by Governor Crist demonstrate restrained spending including use of the line item veto to eliminate many pork barrel projects.
He also has a reputation for being tough on crime. As attorney general he expanded the position to include prosecuting civil rights and fraud cases. He’s managed to hang on to his popularity in Florida. I’ve been reading a lot of rumors about his sexual orientation… make of that what you will. I am not sure how I feel about this guy. Any opinions?
UPDATE: Yeah, pretty sure I don’t care about him.
So after reading about Jindal, I’m not quite as impressed with Pawlenty. The current Minnesota governor has a law background, spending 15 years at a private firm. In 1992, he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 1999, he became the House majority leader and served in the Minnesota House until 2002 when he won the gubernatorial race.
He’s conservative. He’s clearly got some good tax reform stuff going on – he’s balanced Minnesota’s budget 3 times, bringing it back from a deficit. I like what I have read of his energy plan, which contains a goal of 25% renewable energy sources by 2025. He also has the Palin appeal – hunter, fisherman, runner – and we know the GOP (as well as blue collar America…) eats that stuff up. I’ll keep my eye on this guy as well.
A lot of you probably don’t know who he is. Jindal is the current governor of Louisiana. I’m not gonna lie, I had to do my research on this guy – the name was vaguely familiar from Katrina, but after hearing his name buzzing around the blogosphere, I figured I should check him out.
I’m seriously impressed with him. He has a pretty amazing record. Before he was 30, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals. According to the LA official site, he “rescued Louisiana’s Medicaid program from bankruptcy, childhood immunizations increased, Louisiana ranked third best nationally in health care screenings for children, and new and expanded services for elderly and disabled persons were offered”.
In 1998, Jindal was appointed Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He was then appointed President of the University of Louisiana System, the 16th largest higher education system in the country. In 2001, he was appointed by Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. He was elected to congress in 2004, where he was elected Freshman Class President and served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Resources and Assistant Majority Whip.
From his website:
In his first term he passed a number of notable pieces of legislation and played an instrumental role in Louisiana’s recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His noteworthy accomplishments include the passage of legislation to bring significant offshore energy revenues to Louisiana for the first time and legislation that keeps Federal Emergency Management Agency from taxing certain recovery grants as income.
He served in congress until 2008, when he was inaugurated as the Governor of Louisiana.
That alone is a pretty impressive resume. 100% pro-life record. Offshore drilling proponent. Oh yeah, and he’s 36 years old.