August of 2012 will be here before we know it. That’s when Republicans will convene to select their presidential ticket, so DemWit, from time to time, will be taking a close look at so-called GOP “hopefuls.”
Here’s three to get ready:
With little name recognition and fundraising ability, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to be Everyman:
“At a recent Tea Party Patriots rally, he pronounced, ‘The government’s too damn big!’ To an evangelical audience, he declared, ‘The Constitution was designed to protect people of faith from government, not to protect government from people of faith.’ And to Republicans in New Hampshire, he closed with a gentle plea: ‘Please leave with hope and optimism.’”
For more on Pawlenty as Everyman:
“Campaigning as All Things to All Republicans,” Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times, 13 March 2011: LINK
With a pretty poor track record on fidelity and like a sobbing Jimmy Swaggart, Newt Gingrich blames his propensity for hanky-panky (read: adultery) on WHAT?
As New York Times columnist Gail Collins reads it, Newt’s tragic flaw is the result of hard work and patriotism. In his own words in a Christian Broadcasting Network interview:
“There’s no question that at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”
Read Ms. Collins' amusing suggestions for Newt: “Eye of the Newt”, The New York Times, 11 March 2011: LINK
In their continuing fixation with former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the folks at CNN’s “Political Ticker” didn’t quite get the headline right. (They never do!) The “win” refers to her party's nomination, not the White House, and that has some mainline Republicans scared senseless.
Republican Judd Gregg, former New Hampshire senator and governor, is one.
Gregg warns (the key word in the headline) that Palin’s “base” could coalesce to give her the Republican nomination and warns (there’s that word again) that a run by Palin would “lead to President Barack Obama’s clear re-election.”
“(Gregg) says the muddled GOP presidential field means it's more likely than ever there won't be a clear consensus candidate before the party's nominating convention in August of 2012. If that happens, says Gregg, Palin and her army of supporters might have the upper hand when it comes to settling on a presidential candidate.”
From “Palin has path to win, Republican warns,” CNN Political Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney, 14 March 2011: LINK