Fire up the flux capacitor – Election Day 2012 can’t come fast enough. This current pool of Republican nominees reminds me of the 1980 Oakland A’s. Aside from Rickey Henderson, can you name anyone else on that team? Me neither. What’s there to like about the Republicans’ chances next year? Mitt Romney’s head spins whichever way the wind blows. Newt Gingrich spends money like a hedge fund manager. Rick Perry is from Texas, which would be ok if George W. Bush wasn’t from Texas. Ron Paul is intriguing in a “my ideas can either be viewed as progressive or panic-inducing”, but he’s too old. Herman Cain reminds me of Tommy Gunn’s yappy promoter in Rocky IV. I wish he’d jump back into the race though, if only to take air time away from Romney. John Huntsman probably deserves more coverage, but he’s not holding down a platinum membership at Tiffany’s like Gingrich.
As a card-carrying member of the party of Common Sense, it doesn’t pain me to say that there isn’t one candidate in this not-very-roguish gallery who can oust Barack Obama. Not one. Likewise, I don’t get giddy when I say I’m 99.9% sure that Obama is a shoo-in for a second term. I just want to get this over with so we can start talking about 2016, and what could be a presidential race for the ages. Rahm Emmanuel. Chris Christie. Hilary Clinton. I wish it was happening now. I wish there was a steel cage involved. I guess I’ll have to be patient.
2012 race: -234,401
2016 race: +234,401 (The universe doth balance itself out)
Here’s a song with an interesting message: