The Myth of Bad Republican Candidates

January 11, 2012 06:04

The idea, I suppose, is that we might as well just re-elect Barack Obama. At least he has four years of golfing, government-growing, and greenback-gobbling experience.


By Selwyn Duke at American Thinker


Repeat a big Democrat talking point often enough, and it becomes the truth.  There is a certain liberal narrative that has recently filtered down to many independents and even some conservatives: the idea that the current crop of Republican candidates is weak, wanting, and worrisome.


This characterization of the Republican field much reminds me of the gratuitous criticism of the U.S. by the hate-America-first crowd.  Okay, you say America is a bad country.  Compared to what?  Some imaginary Utopia that will never exist?


Many repeat the statist talking point about the GOP contenders’ alleged ineptitude simply because of media spin and the branding iron of repetition.


Most Republicans currently running for president are superior to every major-party nominee of the last 40 years except for Reagan, especially when factoring in both substance and style.  All the candidates exude passion, most have some charisma and are at least relatively articulate (except for Perry, although he has been better of late), and most are more ideologically sound than everyone above except, again, for Reagan.  More significantly, today’s contenders are actually talking about what should be central to American governance: adherence to our founding document, the Constitution.  They’ve also been talking about fundamentally changing the tax code and eliminating federal agencies.


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