Thomas Sowell attempts to make the case that Republican presidential candidates should let their conservative flag fly, rather than tacking to the center or “trying to be all things to all people”.
I think Obama is widely disliked enough at this point that a candidate like Reagan (Sowell’s sole example of a successful Republican candidate who ran as a conservative) could unseat him, but who would that be, exactly? The column’s primary purpose appears to be to persuade Republican primary voters not to vote for Romney, but which of the conservative candidates are going to appeal to mainstream voters?
Cain is an unserious loose cannon who gets accused of sexual misconduct on a daily or weekly basis. Bachmann is batshit crazy-eyes insane. Rick Perry is dumb as rocks and will give people Dubya flashbacks. And Gingrich is a pompous unlikable family values hypocrite. Unpopular as Obama is, it would be a gamble at best to assume that a majority of voters would flock to any of those alternatives.
Reagan was a conservative, yes, but he was also a very charismatic and skilled politician, running against an unpopular failed incumbent. The 2012 GOP field has the second element going for them, but not the first.
November 30th, 2011 at 07:19am Posted by EliEntry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans