I am a good American who wants the best people governing. While I support candidates I find competent of any party, a quagmire results from deciding if I should hope for an opponent who is easier for my guy to beat or hope for a quality person who would serve well if elected.
Obama is my guy in 2012 but I have issues with friends who gleefully want the worst GOP candidate in November. What if that zany person actually wins? Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels and Jon Huntsman are presidential material and if the economy doesn’t improve Obama himself might see the logic in letting someone else have at it. Newt, Newt, my homeboy Newt is clearly an ideas guy whose intelligence and vision would be helpful to the nation but he likes to toss fire and that’s not cool.
In Georgia congressional politics, moderates must face the reality that Democrats help people who don’t bother voting—oh, they can go to every freaking high school football and basketball game but can’t find 10 minutes to vote. If elections are to be decided in the primaries, we should support reasonable GOP candidates running against out of touch candidates or help out of touch candidates better understand all of the electorate. If not, we might have elected officials who developed their points of view in a bubble…a strange angry bubble where everyone is like everyone else. Cain vs. Obama would be cool with me because Cain would say what needs to be said to regular folks.
I think Democrats and Black folks should spend some time listening to Herman Cain and the rest of the GOP field. Their concerns are valid and solutions are often sensible—their methods and disposition need some work. In a strange twist, listening to the conservative side helps President Obama because moderates better understand why he is seeking common ground with them. I am a positive guy and if any conservative wants to talk about why their temperament is often off-putting, I am right here and eager to teach and learn. Bottomline: constantly angry is no way to go through life.
Columnist Cynthia Tucker wrote a nice one this week about Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss catching heat for negotiating in the Gang of Six group. Why in the world would someone dislike an elected official for doing his job? Tucker is correct: the ultra conservatives and the ultra liberals need to stop tripping. We should remember that these two groups are a fraction of the American people but they are vocally involved and we all know that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.