Monday, February 06, 2012

Caucus Time

Tuesday is caucus night in Minnesota and I'll be going to mine, which takes place at Mounds View High School.

What I don't know, even yet, is who will get my support. It's a difficult decision among four flawed candidates:

  • Mitt Romney is not consistent and while he's less apologetic to be a Republican than, say, Jon Huntsman was, his only real conviction seems to be that Mitt Romney ought to run things.
  • Newt Gingrich is a loose cannon. He's a great guy for generating ideas, but the job description is leading the executive branch of the federal government, not running a public policy seminar.
  • Ron Paul is correct about monetary issues, but his foreign policy isn't realistic. You can regret, as I do, the extent to which the United States has become an overextended imperial power, but you can't just walk away from the empire.
  • Rick Santorum seems the sort who has no issue with big government, so long as it can be directed to his interests.
So I'm still not sure what to do. If you are going to the caucus tomorrow, which candidate gets your support? And why?


Anonymous said...

Gingrich is my guy. Once he is forced to actually choose a policy (which he has), he can be highly effective at selling it and getting it done; he's proven that. And it will be the "right" answer because he will have thought through every other possibility (and a few impossibilities as well).

He is also the one guy who can go toe-to-toe with the media bias, calling them out on it and actually making progress over and around it. IN my mind this make Gingrich the most electable, NOT Romney. Romney is getting more or less a free ride now, but that will turn as soon as he gets the nomination, just as it did for McCain. I don't want the media picking our candidate, again.

Lastly, Gingrich and Paul are the only two candidates with policy proposals sufficiently bold to address the deep, deep, hole dug for us by the current Butt in the Big Chair. And of the two, Gingrich's plan is the more complete and reasonable. I don't care about all the baggage; I'm not voting for Pope, I just want the problem fixed.

J. Ewing

Gino said...

a vote for Paul would be more fun.

First Ringer said...

I'm writing in Pawlenty...

CousinDan 54915 said...

You are in Minnesota. Since Al Franken is busy, Kevin Nealon would be an appropriate choice.

CousinDan 54915 said...

Fred Hoiberg could win the Iowa Caucus if they held it now. A little Cyclone for you there, Mr. D. And since he was a Timberwolf, both on the court and in the front office, he might need to be your choice in the caucus.

Night Writer said...

A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Rand Paul and a reminder that some ideas are not going away.