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Virginia Primary Ballot Shenanigans

December 28, 2011 20 comments

Good morning all!

After four wonderful (yet exhausting) days off of work, I’m finally back to dedicating a little time to this site.  I was pretty disconnected over the holidays.  I figured that was a pretty good choice to focus on family instead of what’s going on in the world over the holidays (and it was a good choice) but now it’s time to get back into the groove again.

One of the first things I came across when perusing the news wasthe Republican primary balloting issues that are going on down in Virginia.  Virginia’s primary is one of the “Super Tuesday” primaries that will take place on March 6.  And it turns out that Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the only candidates that have met the requirements to appear on the ballot.

As you can imagine, some of the other Republican hopefuls are less than happy about this.  After Rick Perry failed to meet the requirements to get on the ballot he decided to sue the state of Virginia on the grounds that the ballot requirements are “severely restricting” and “unconstitutional”.  Newt Gingrich failed to meet the requirements as well and he’s vowed to wage a write-in campaign to get on the ballot even though those aren’t allowed in Virginia.

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2012 Election Candidate Match Quiz

December 16, 2011 29 comments

I enjoyed this quiz when USA Today first came up with it during the 2008 election and I’m glad that they’ve put it up again for the 2012 campaign.

The quiz itself consists of 11 questions ranging on topics from health care to defense spending to foreign policy.  You simply answer each question based on your own personal feelings and views and the quiz tells you how well you match up to each of the candidates running for President in 2012 – incumbent President Barack Obama and the 7 remaining Republican candidates (Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann, Paul, Huntsman, Santorum and Perry).

It’s a fun little quiz to take.  It ends up being sort of a “put your money where your mouth is” type of moment where you find out if the candidate that you’ve been supporting really does match your personal views.  And even if it doesn’t it’s a nice little all in one spot to see where each of the major candidates stands on a variety of issues.

I took the quiz myself, of course, and my results were a little surprising.

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Republican Presidential Debate Preview: What Each Candidate Needs To Do

November 9, 2011 2 comments

I’ll readily admit that I’ve followed almost none of the Republican Presidential debates that have taken place over the last couple of months.  Save for the occasional heated debate, I really haven’t done my homework on any of the Republican candidates.

I’m planning on changing that tonight by checking out the latest debate that’s scheduled to air on CNBC.  The primary focus of the debate will be the economy and that’ll be of particular interest to folks in the audience on the campus of Oakland University in Michigan where the debate is taking place.

Now, I’m not completely living under a rock on this.  I’ve followed the latest news enough to know where each candidate stands in the polls and what they’ve been up to lately.  With that in mind, here are the primary things that I think each Republican candidate needs to accomplish tonight in order to score points with voters.

Mitt Romney – Win over the home crowd

Romney was born in Detroit.  His dad was governor of Michigan.  This should be his home turf.  He’s the favorite to win the nomination already so getting the backing of what could be a partisan crowd in Michigan can only help his cause.

Herman Cain – Stop the bleeding and refocus

The focus of the debate may be on the economy but Cain will undoubtedly have to address the slew of sexual harrassment claims against him.  Cain needs to go back and hammer home what sent him to the lead in the polls in the first place – his 9-9-9 tax plan and his “non-politician” background.

Rick Perry – Regroup

Perry used to be a front runner.  Now, he’s a distant third.  Perry has gotten a little battered in both the debates and the court of public opinion lately.  It’s time for him to return to his platform of economic growth and recovery through fiscal responsibility and emerge as a viable alternative to Romney and Cain.

Newt Gingrich – Capitalize

Perry has been knocked down already and Cain is dealing with his own personal issues.  If there’s a time that the former House Speaker can steal away support from other candidates, it might be now.  Gingrich has been near the top of the polls in a long time and he doesn’t have much time left before Romney runs away with the nomination.

Ron Paul – Be the outsider

Paul’s platform might be a little too extreme for him to ever be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate but there’s no doubt that there’s not another candidate like him.  The Texas native needs to emphasize his differences from the other candidates and hope he can pick support from those who are tired of big government.

Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum – Make some waves

These three are languishing near the bottom of the polls and need to do something fast or they won’t survive in this campaign much longer.  Bachmann started strong before retreating and Huntsman and Santorum have never really gained a footing.  They need a win tonight more than anybody.

2012 Presidential Election: The Good? No Sarah Palin. The Bad? No Chris Christie

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Today marks the day that leaves us exactly one year to go until the presidential election of 2012. A few years ago it would’ve seemed that the 2012 election would be a race to see who would lose to Barack Obama but a lot has changed since the 2008 election. The economy has gone into a deep recession, a lot of the big banks were bailed out and Obamacare has become a punch line in some circles.

For the record, I still think Obama will get a second term. There’s not a serious Republican candidate who can beat him. Mitt Romney? Nope. Herman Cain? Please!

With events of the recent past figuring to make the 2012 election a little more hotly contested, there are a few things that I’m liking heading into next November and at least one thing that disappoints me.

The best news about the race for President? It won’t include Sarah Palin. How anybody thinks that this woman is a serious candidate for high political office is beyond me. It has nothing to do with the fact that she’s a woman. It has everything to do with her intelligence and the way she presents herself.

The idea of her getting anywhere near the White House scares the bejesus out of me. I’ve never seen someone so woefully ill prepared for the biggest stage. The fact that almost half of registered voters would put her in the White House will always be one of life’s great mysteries.

But for as thankful I am that she won’t be in the running I’m equally disappointed that Chris Christie won’t be running. I’m not a Republican by any stretch but I like this guy. He seems like a straight shooter who’s willing to trade verbal jabs with anybody. Ever since I saw this and this, Chris Christie is a guy I think I could get behind.

Herman Cain’s Popularity Starting to Take a Hit

November 6, 2011 1 comment

A Reuters poll just released is showing that the popularity of leading Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain is starting to drop.

The poll is showing that his favorable rating has drop 9 points since last week in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

I think this could be the beginning of the end of the Herman Cain for President campaign. Once the decline in popularity starts to pick up speed (just ask Rick Perry), it can be really difficult to turn it back around.

I’m a little disappointed. His 9-9-9 plan was at least mildly intriguing and I think he’d be a more interesting candidate than Mitt Romney. He could still conceivably turn things around but I won’t be holding my breath.

I guess the lesson learned here is to always keep your hands to yourself!

Latest 2012 Presidential Poll Numbers

November 5, 2011 1 comment

The latest batch of news surrounding Herman Cain and the sexual harrassment accusations levied against him doesn’t seem to be putting a significant dent into his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

A Real Clear Politics polling average has Cain maintaining about a 25.5% to 23% lead over nearest rival Mitt Romney.  Newt Gingrich remains a distant third at about 11% support.

Cain is facing down allegations that he sexually harrassed employees during his time with the National Restaurant Association.  For Cain’s part, he claims the charges just come with the turf since he’s started appearing at the top of the polls.

The Republican nomination may ultimately become a moot point as all current Republican contenders fall short of incumbent President Barack Obama.  In current polling, Obama maintains about a 2% advantage over Romney, a 7% lead over Cain, a 10% lead over Rick Perry and a 14% gap over Newt Gingrich.