I'm going to keep a running list of those that are running for president. Officially running. Which means I get to ignore Sarah Palin for as long as I can. I'm also going to rank them in the order that I think that they would be good at beating Obama. If you disagree, feel free to comment and let me know why I'm wrong. Then, I'll tell you why you are wrong.
1. Mitt Romney - He's more politically savvy than people give him credit for. He has the business credentials that they want a prez candidate to have. He's a good looking guy and what should be an asset has been played as a hindrance: He's Mormon. The GOP have the chance to nominate someone that would be the closest they've come to a diversity choice and make big in-roads in the religious plurality.
2. Gary Johnson - I just like this guy. He's consistent, well-spoken and has stayed under the radar, both intentionally and because his name isn't "Sarah Palin". Keep an eye on him. I think he's our spoiler.
3. Newt Gingrich - Logistically, the campaign has been a nightmare, but you got to admit that it was ballsy that he came out against the Ryan Plan. It was a quasi-reasonable statement from a guy that normally isn't.
4. Tim Pawlenty - I think I've had breakfasts that I was more excited about that Tim Pawlenty. He also falls into the category of the being reasonable, when he wants to be, but he's already moving further to the right in an unconscionable sense.
5. Michelle Bachmann - I really wish that she was lower on this list, but first there are too many people that are more rotten than Bachmann. Also, Bachmann has sense to play up her Xianity in Iowa (the same state that almost went for Pat Robertson back in the 80's), so she's trying to position herself as the Huckabee for 2012. Or the Martin Sheen in The Dead Zone, I can't really tell the difference.
6. Ron Paul - Paul reminds me that whenever you make an event on Facebook, everyone comes by and says "Oh, yeah! Imma TOTALLY be there!", so everyone's thinking "well, there must be like a THOUSAND people that are going to this party". There's a lot of hype and a lot of buzz. But no one shows up. Which is a shame because, while I disagree with Paul by and large on a lot of things, he's principled. And you have to respect that in a politician. Though how he's still in office after 2008, I don't know...
7. Rick Santorum - I was really surprised that he would throw his hat into the ring. There's no one that has a middle of the road opinion of Santorum. Either you hate 'em or you don't. He's banking on the fact that people don't remember that when he was Senator from PA, he said homosexuality was the problem of the nation... Now if you were ask, let's say...
8. Herman Cain - he'd say that the problem was Muslims. Why? Because he comes from the Glenn Beck School of Thought, which means that the best day in America was on September 12th, 2001, the ashes and rubble of the WTC and Pentagon and the field of PA smoldered and everyone was in lockstep with Bush II. I respect the style of his speeches but I won't respect a man that can't appreciate that legislation takes more than three pages to get across.
I want my prez to be smarter than me. I want my prez to be better than me. I don't want someone that I could fill in for...
9. Fred Karger - I'm not even sure why I put him on the list. I know I could be a better prez than him. And he's really running just to spite Romney. If you're gay and you're just out there spreading hate about a Mormon, you've become the enemy in the instant that you preach.