Friday, March 9, 2012

Eeeny Meeny Miny Moe…

MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 10:  Republican presi...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeI hated playing that game when I was a kid. It went on forever, no one ever really won, and it was too darn boring. And that is precisely how I feel about the Republican presidential primary. I was hopeful that Super Tuesday would finally end the game and land us an actual Republican candidate who could go about the business of becoming (ahem) presidential, but alas, that does not seem to be the case.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a registered Independent, and (for me at least) that means that I will vote for the best candidate, I rarely make up my mind until the last minute, and I have no loyalty to any party. What I say here in no way means that my vote is pre-destined for Obama. However, there are a number of reasons why I think this prolonged game is hurting the Republican chances of winning in November.

Even high school athletes know that when you’re on the practice field with your own team that you challenge but you don’t injure your fellow team players. The longer the candidates keep duking it out on their own turf, the less likely it is that any one of them will be able to be cleaned up, patched up, and made presentable for the real battle. They will go into the race wounded and worn down.

What’s said in Kansas no longer stays in Kansas. It is no longer possible to play to an ultra-conservative Bible belt town one day, and sound like a libertarian the next. The era of “that’s so 20 seconds ago,” is here. Everyone is a journalist, everyone is a videographer, and we are as likely to hear the news on Facebook or Twitter as we are through traditional media. That gives a candidate with an unwavering position on all things an advantage… sort of. But the idea that all political ideals fit into one of the two cookie cutter molds is simply not realistic. So that same unwavering position may play well in one state and bomb in another.

The Republicans are creating a deep hole with women voters. A very deep hole. I cannot remember when so much of the discussion from our political candidates centered on issues that matter to women. At times it seems that they’d like to see us all barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. Don’t we have more important issues to tackle than reproductive rights? (And didn’t we settle that already?) It just may be too late for any of the Republican candidates to dig their way out of that hole and earn back a respectable amount of the women voters.

What do you think?


Liza said...

Re: your last paragraph. Yep.

Anonymous said...

May be by the next election the socia; connectivity of the internet will allow an effective Independent candidate to run. But although I can see how such a candidate would get votes, I don't see how they would get sufficient finance.


Kenneth H. Lee said...

I totally agree with your last paragraph.

I am stupefied as to how the female Republican members of the House and Senate continue to support the party's platform, especially those items which are against the interest of women.

I too am a registered Independent and feel that both parties racing for the bottom.

Colette Martin said...

You all make some very good points. I'm not sure what we need is another party or an independent candidate -- but the current parties do seem to be polarizing. What's wrong with progressive AND responsible?

Carol Kilgore said...

In my opinion, our political parties need to get back to the middle. Far left and far right politics gone mainstream are driving our country apart.

Steve in POK said...

I am a registered GOP - but since the last presidential election it has not been so grand in swinging way to far to the right. It infuriates me that our representatives have not been able, more likely have refused, to find more central positions in a timely manner, that benefit all. Both the Left and the Right are guilty here. Ladies, I understand why you are ticked - count me with you.