Monday, September 26, 2011

The Direction of the GOP

The Direction of the GOP
Al Ritter

The direction of the GOP should be guided by the RNC chairman, but it seems that once again the media seems to be setting the stage for the primary. After a series of debates it seems the two front runners (Romney and Perry) are more moderate than conservative. Tea Party conservatives are questioning if this is the direction they want to go in the primary.

The media is now pushing with some of the GOP to get Gov. Chris Christie to run for president. As I pointed out in a past article Gov. Christie is anything but a strict conservative and yet some voices want him to run for the presidency. Isn’t the field populated enough with moderate candidates? With a president that leans as far left as Obama does, do we really need an “Obama lite” candidate?

Do we really need a moderate to get some things done in congress? Some people think that a farther right leaning candidate will only alienate each side of the isle to farther gridlock. I suppose there is ample proof from either side of this issue. Tea Party members seem to think that if a moderate candidate wins the general election it will still leaver us closer to the left than where they want to be.

Every voter will have their own deal breaker issues that they will NOT stray past. Most people seem to think that nobody will have a candidate that they will agree with totally, and that may be true.

Unfortunately I live in a VERY liberal state that still sees Obama in a 60% positive light. Because we deal with general elections and an electoral college my vote in the general election in Maryland has been wasted since 1973. Is that a cynical outlook? Maybe it is, but it also realistic.

I refuse to vote in this election for a candidate that so happens to be the “lesser of two evils.” I made that mistake in 2007, but I will not make it again. The winner of the GOP primary will have to sell themselves to me!

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual -- or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." --Samuel Adams, in the Boston Gazette, 1781


Anonymous said...

First, we need to WIN! Without that, all else is MOOT

grant burmer said...

There is still time, lots, so we should be sure whomever gets up front , is with the tea party is demanding. At the very least someone like or nearly like Reagan.

barb p said...

Thanks for sharing Al...I always enjoy your 'thoughts'...they help me to see things I would probably otherwise miss! btw...this is a good thing!!