If the election was held today this is where I stand on the declared Republican candidates for President of the United States:
1. Former Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. I like a governor for President. The jobs are similar enough that experience as a governor is really preparatory for life in the White House. By all accounts Pawlenty was a good governor. He’s the only one of the “declared” pack so far that makes sense to me.
2. Former CEO Herman Cain – I think that he is quaint. Leadership by sound bite isn’t going to fix this mess though. Could be a serious contender with the right team and running mate. Distant second.
3. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich – John Fund said the other day that “Newt started his life out as a college professor and he has never recovered.” I concur. More distant third.
Unfortunately that’s the end of the serious candidates.
4. Congressman Ron Paul – the Libertarian crap is really wearing thin on me. I agree with Paul about 50% of the time. He would make us the laughing stock of the Free World. I can’t believe that he is wasting our time . . . . . . . again.
5. Former Governor Gary Johnson New Mexico – fruitcake. I can’t imagine that he will survive the primary – but if he does – only the fact that anyone (even a fruitcake) would be better than Barack Obama would make me pull the lever for Johnson.
Depending on which website you go to there are other “declareds” – none worth mentioning. I’ll cross the bridge on the others if and when they declare their candidacy.
My dream ticket (neither of which have declared) – Texas Governor Rick Perry for President with Former UN Ambassador John Bolton as his running mate. (That would make some dictators sit up and take notice).