I cannot figure out how the Republican Party isn't living up to its self-imposed reputation as the Daddy party and taking the White House away from an eminently defeatable Barack Obama, who is losing the ear of the voters, according to pollster John Zogby.
Just this last week, Obama has managed to denigrate and disrespect liberals and progressives, and Latinos, to the point that they are beginning to look for someone else to back. Unions are threatening to boycott the Democratic convention, in part over his sorry strategy of eschewing employment policies in favor of banking subsidies. He is also discovering that the Black community isn't very happy with him, even if they (like every other group that traditionally has supported the Democratic Party for decades) are believed to be locked in for 2012 because they have nowhere else to go. Cain, where are your brothers?
Yet the Republican candidates aren't getting anywhere against Obama. You know things are tough when a well-known liberal blogger makes the case for Mitt Romney that even Republicans won't! Can it truly be that Michele Bachmann is the best the GOP can do? That faith declares Rick Perry is going to ride in on his pygmy pony and save the day?
Rudy Giuliani doesn't think so, for just this last week he's again let it be known that he's "thinking" of running. I wouldn't start selecting that Inaugural Ball gown just yet, Rudy! Noun-verb-9/11 isn't much of a campaign strategy.
But Rudy isn't the only outsider thinking he's got a chance to win the nomination. I won't focus much on those who are more well-known, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, or Pay-Me-To-Ask-Questions Rep. Paul Ryan, he who called the cops to arrest jobless constituents protesting his budget plan in his office, for you get exposed to more than enough drivel about those zeros from the real media. You especially have heard more than enough about Sarah Palin, who let it be known that she is "still considering a run for president" despite not entering the Ames Straw Poll.
I'm talking about real outsiders, the ones who were getting the ignore Ron Paul treatment from the corporate media long before Ron Paul narrowly lost to Bachmann in Iowa. I'm talking Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who is floating trial balloons and not getting much altitude from them; Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who is tearing a page out of the populist manifesto and trying to reach the working man; Michigan Republican Representative Thaddeus McCotter, who likes to quote Led Zeppelin lyrics as a part of his House floor speeches to show how he's hip and with it; Former Cranston, Rhode Island mayor and GOP Senate candidate Steve Laffey whose past supporters aren't enthused by this news. “It would be highly irrational for him to run for president," said one supporter, "… He would not be considered a serious candidate by any stretch of the imagination.”