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The Hines-endorsed Republican candidate

February 8th, 2012 (07:41 am)

I figure I'll do a few political posts from time to time this election year, just so all my lefty buddies in these parts know what the righties are thinking.

At the moment, there's considerable unhappiness with the candidates left. Mitt Romney has an accomplished resume and knows how to sort out problems, but he will literally say *anything* to get elected and conservatives don't trust him. Santorum has a consistent ideology, with which I strongly disagree; even people more socially conservative than I am dislike the fact that he has no compunctions about using gov power to compel his ends, rather than leave folks alone. Ron Paul, who's rumored to be suborning Romney delegates to vote for him on their *second* ballot, has ridiculous foreign policy ideas and has no compunctions against sidling up to lunacy if the lunatics'll give him money. And Gingrich, while The Smartest Guy in the Race, is unfortunately a narcissist.

Lots of folks are grumbling about a brokered convention. But who would step forward? Discontented righties have discussed it, and we think we've got a winner. Here, folks, is my chosen candidate for 2012.

Call me crazy, but I think this guy has a real crossover appeal.

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Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: February 8th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
Hag sameach Rahm Emanuel

::sporfle:: Very nice :D

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 11th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)

I've been a Cthulhu guy in the past, but the insanity factor and eternal screaming are just too much. SMOD? That's a nice, *solid* world-ending.

Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: February 11th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Just shoot me

Exactly. It's final, not dragged out and painful. Nice choice.

Posted by: soundingsea (soundingsea)
Posted at: February 8th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
dh - not a perfect metaphor

Snerk. That's awesome.

In all seriousness, as a left-wing sort, I thought Huntsman was quite reasonable and though I typically vote Dem, I was at least interested in his ideas. Sadly, the tea party wing appears to require MOAR CRAZY in their primaries, which has even transformed Romney (who used to be moderate) into a candidate I want to back away from slowly.

Do you think Mitch Daniels is going to jump in? I suppose anything's possible in a brokered convention situation.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 11th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)

If you actually look at the polls, and whose support comes from where, Romney was picking up a good portion of Tea Party voters. Their strategy (and it's one that's not necessarily bad) is to go ahead and elect the squish, and then back him up with more conservative figures in congress.

WRT Huntsman, his problem was that the media and the campaign guys who were pushing him to the media were the only people who were really behind his candidacy, and he sought to appeal further to them by standing athwart the Republican party and yelling stop. But the press doesn't vote in Republican primaries.

Ben Domenech had a great essay (republished here at Ace of Spades's blog) about how candidacies like Huntsman's come about:

Let me explain: Roughly half these guys on the national level are below average at their jobs and generally suck. The real talent - the once in a generation talent - is at the state level, where a lot of the best people do great work, but do it for governors or other statewides. Because unlike the national players, they can actually go home to their families at night and they don't spend 24 hours a day chained to their blackberries.

So if you're in that half that sucks, the best way to stay in business and pay the bills is to latch on to one of two categories: crazy people who think they need to be president to save the country, and rich people who think they might be presidential.

For the former category, let's just say I have a friend who's in a senior campaign position on a longshot effort, who cannot stand the views of the guy he's working for. But the candidate pays the bills on time, decently well, and it's a better job than anything else he could conceivably get. Join the Fight! It pays the mortgage.

For the latter, see John Weaver and Jon Huntsman, wealthy beyond his dreams because daddy invented the styrofoam thing your Big Mac used to come in, globetrotter, bored as a governor, plucks his eyebrows dutifully, thinks being president sounds cool and stuff. Sure! Let's try it. Here's ten million dollars. Make people love me!

... The latter type gets you a much nicer house, but the former is fine middle class work. Your work product is crap, but who cares given the weakness of the market.

Depressing, but there you have it.

Posted by: boogieshoes (boogieshoes)
Posted at: February 8th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)

*grins* nice.

for myself, though, 'i like Mike!' Micheal Beihn, that is. he's played a SEAL in every movie that ever was, and more than a few that weren't. i'm sure he can do it in the Oval Office, too, which is what we need: someone to kick ass and take names.


Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 11th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)

Why the hell not? I look forward to seeing his efforts against SMOD in the debates.

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