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I never wanted to be that guy who was steadfast but wasn't passionate.  I never wanted to be that guy who was informed, yet failed to change their mind if they were wrong.  And that is why I "heart" what is going on with the GOP Nominee situation.  One short year ago, I probably would have written them all off and would never consider voting for any of them.

But times change, and with change ... sometimes comes a rearranging of synapses in one's brain.

And Ron Paul doesn't have my vote just yet:)

Santorum - Classic Conservative on many levels if there was one.  The guy is also from my home state of Pennsylvania.  What impresses me about Rick is whether you agree or not, he seems genuine and trustworthy.  Pretty rare for Politicians these days, being a car salesman is considered a higher grade of piousness.  Socially, I'm not on-board with the guy.  Everything else, he is more than worth a listen.  Will he win and can he win?  Probably not.  While I won't "Pick Rick" just yet, I applaud the chap.  He has my respect, just not my vote.

Romney - We all have a boss.  Somewhere, someplace, we have a boss.  Would I want this guy as my boss?  Well, despite being a stick in the mud with no personality and me having no faith that he may consider a guy like me relevant, I'm not afraid of Mitt Romney as CEO of the good old USA.  As a communicator, I think he kind of ... pretty much ... definitely ... Sucks.  But as CEO, follow the money.  Personally, I voted for Ross Perot twice because I thought the Government should be run like a business.  In retrospect, I would still vote for Perot over Romney.  Better business guy and more personality.  Yet I certainly would not dismiss him if elected.  I'd support him.  But I wouldn't vote for him.

Newt - The smartest guy in the room with the last dame in the world that you would want as the First Lady.  Not that the latter matters all that much, it's a personal taste thing.  I always preferred Hillary over Jackie, Laura over Barbara.  Many parts of me would adore the aspect of Obama & Newt in a debate, any debate.  That shit would bring back good television.  It seems to me though, that Newt thrives as the underdog and doesn't do as well when he is the leader of the pack. 

As far as Ron Paul, hell ... my vote is still a carrot.  And I want to eat my veggies. 

My synapses have fired. 

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Jennifer Monroe
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It's like American Idol - entertaining to watch, but the winner is meaningless to me. Obama has my vote unless Paul wins. Then it would be interesting.

Sorry, but no clever quote from The Crow comes to mind. It's so 20-years ago.

Jan 22, 2012 12:59 AM #11
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Lindsey - The DNC is having their little shin dig in Charlotte this year.  I'm not sure I will go but it will certainly be a busy time for the city.

Gene - Nothing wrong with hard core ... balances out the hard core that are on the other side of the equation.  Personally, I'm socially liberal & fiscally conservative.  I'm still looking for that party.

Bill - Agreed.

May - You are probably better off that way.

Richard - I shall, but in my own head as I'm trying to keep this thing PG for once ;)

Winston - I wouldn't say Paul is a whack job for wanting to legalize pot.  Actually, it makes all the sense in the world.  Less dangerous than alcohol, could be taxed, free up prisons and taxpayer money, etc.  Then again, maybe I'm a bit nuts.

Jo-Anne - I don't think there is a bun in that oven just yet.  And I like Obama too:)

Deb - I think he is.  Mitt is still the favorite (especially by the establishment) in my opinion.  Hope all is well with you!

Fred - I think much of that has to do with the Far Right taking over that very party.  Alienates much of the world and the party.  We shall see.

02.12.12 - Next time you stop by, won't you bring an original thought? ;)

Bill - Ugh.  Not endorphins.  I would of went for Jackie over Hillary any day of the week if that were the case.

MJ - I agree.  And that quote is from Sting's 1997 "Crow-like" character fighting off the NWO.  15 years ago.  Good times in pro-wrestling back then.

Jan 22, 2012 01:54 AM #12
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Dale Terry
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Jason, like your wave length.  Not sure about some other posters though.  When others say with disrespect, "is this the best the GOP can field"  I agree, but I also said it with Obama.

Jan 22, 2012 03:39 AM #13
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Dale - While it may not be the strongest field, I don't think it is entirely weak either.  While I probably won't be voting for any of the four, I can't say that I wouldn't support them totally if they won the eventual nomination as President.  I still say Obama is going to win though.

Jan 22, 2012 03:46 AM #14
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Media goops everything up so much in the way it frames the presentation of politicians these days I'm challenged trying to sort it all out. It makes my head hurt. It throws all of them into sound bite hell and makes me suspcious they've all lowered the bar and are vying for the emotional decision in the end. Do we ultimately vote for the one we feel will do the least amount of harm or the most good? Not that I'm totally cynical, but I just wish for straight forward well expressed ideas and solutions that don't predate the industrial revolution. We don't need to go backward to return the USA to greatness. We are a great nation and our opportunity is to move forward. Thanks Jason for sharing your thoughts. You and your opinions are relevant, that's the point.

Jan 22, 2012 07:12 AM #15
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In my opinion, the only Republican I would have chosen... who I thought was the least of the evils... was Jon Huntsman.  But, I have to share how I see all of this, as far as which Republican to pick.  None of them.  Or any other Republican, for that matter.

Here is how I see it:  Whomever you pick, even Huntsman, is only the guy who gets to sit at the front of the bus.  But if he, or she, or whomever, turns around and looks at the rest of the passengers in that bus... it doesn't change.  There are SO many who ride that Republican bus who just make no sense whatsoever.  Too many over-the-edge extremists... both political and religious... who are just pushing their agenda, and the agendas of those over-the-edge folks who follow them.

There are many Republicans who have their heads on straight... and who have brains that work fairly well.  It's is just there are so many of them in positions of authority in Congress who I simply do not trust.

Some of the things that Santorum is pushing could come straight out of Iran.  I do not want to live my life by having to obey laws he would love to pass that come directly from his (Santorum's) religious beliefs.

Sure... these guys scare me... but the rest of the fanatics on the Republican bus scare me even more.

Jan 22, 2012 11:17 AM #16
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Karen Anne - I'm with you on Huntsman.  And there is certainly an element that I find less than desirable that seems to have taken the reigns of that party.  I rarely like fanatics of any kind.

Rene - Thanks Rene!  Have a great week and I am fairly certain your thoughts are shared by many.

Jan 23, 2012 05:05 AM #17
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The debates are almost better than some football for spectator entertainment.  My take is that there are three fictional characters and Romney.  Romney has a chance of winning in 2016, and that's really the prize all four are shooting for in this campaign.  Obama has waged war on business since his innauguration, but he appears to be losing the war and will be rewarded for all he failed to do.  No matter who is responsible for what, all politicians take credit for anything perceived by the voters as good, and all politicians blame the opposition for everything perceived as bad. 

Jan 23, 2012 07:17 AM #18
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Jason,  Satire aside, I think your assessment is spot on.  Personally, I think all Mr. Obama needs to do is sit on the sidelines and smile...the Republicans are going to defeat themselves.  I am not saying I am for, or against, Dems....I just don't think it matters what they do, or don't do.  Current debates remind me of a school yard...lots of pushing and shoving....no real blows.  

Jan 24, 2012 01:33 AM #19
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Jason, we voted in Arnolg here in CA because he was a businessman and look what happened!  He tried to run the state like a business and we didn't back him when push came to shove.  I personally think that will happen because politics and the way a business is run are two different things!

Jan 24, 2012 09:47 AM #20
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Fortunately, we are not electing a First Lady.  Our CURRENT First Lady is a disgrace with her spending and lack of respect for the White House and the Office of the President

Jan 24, 2012 11:03 PM #21
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Wallace:  Obviously Michelle Obama is quite different from Laura Bush, and from Hillary Clinton, and from Barbara Bush.  Each was their own person, in their own way.

How nice to see you being so "positive" so early in the morning.  I am sure you will want to join me in complimenting President Obama for his wonderful "State of The Union" address last night.  I thought he was great.

Jan 24, 2012 11:56 PM #22
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Me too, Karen.  Me too.

Jan 25, 2012 12:39 AM #23
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Just stopped by to say hi Jason.  :)  Not going there.

Jan 25, 2012 09:01 AM #24
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Jason...Friday should be entertaining!   Nuff said!

Jan 26, 2012 02:44 AM #25
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Tammy - I don't blame you.

Debe - That it will.  And remember, it's all about Ray!

Jan 26, 2012 02:49 AM #26
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I wanna have fun with you and jen and debe!!!  ;)  Okay..had to change the subject. And just for the record...I ordered an Obama coffee cup with his birth certificate on it...and it does say he was born in Hawaii...so there.

Jan 27, 2012 03:57 AM #27
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LOL @ Sis.  Would love to have you join us this evening:)

Jan 27, 2012 08:09 AM #28
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Jason, thanks for this post.  It was actually fun, as were the comments by everyone here.  Never knew political commentary could be so civil.  I admire each and every one of you for that.

Let's see if I can at least come up with one frivolous, non-meaningful comment, as are most when it comes to politics.

I think that bringing up the First Lady as part of the consideration is very important.  We see a hell of lot more of her (or him, some day) that we do the V.P.

 

Jan 28, 2012 04:37 AM #29
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Dan - The rarity of civil discourse in politics should become the norm.  We shall see.

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