Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Too Sensible to be Elected

I created the title of this article months ago when Huntsman was just a beginner in the GOP race. It was a quote about Huntsman that seemed to ring true in an environment where the more extremely opposed to something the more respectable you can be... as a GOP candidate. In one of Huntsman's first GOP debates he said, 
"I think there's a serious problem.  The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012. 
When we take a position that isn't willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said,
what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man's contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position. The Republican Party has to remember that we're drawing from traditions that go back as far as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, President Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Bush.  And we've got a lot of traditions to draw upon.  But I can't remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a – a party that – that was antithetical to science. I'm not sure that's good for our future and it's not a winning formula.

Since Jon Huntsman entered the race just about every candidate you can think of has taken over first place in the popular polls except Huntsman. Even people who weren't running have been in first place. Mitt Romney seems to be the candidate to love to hate. Newt, Santorum (Google at your own risk), Perry, Bachmann, Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, heck even after a while they came around to Ron Paul. Still, Huntsman is too reasonable. 

Huntsman's statement is correct (for the most part), the Republican party is becoming more exclusive and attempting to push people out if they don't believe the way of a select few. There are a few factions in the Republican party right now and I don't think that the party can hold itself together unless it blends these differences. The biggest influx of support the Republicans have gotten in recent years was through the new Tea Party Republicans but, this is also their biggest liability. Since the surge in the 2010 election the Tea Party candidates have tried their darnedest to stop negotiating with anyone. It is either their way or... nothing at all. During the debt ceiling debate and eventual downgrade millions of people lost money for retirement because of the uncertainty in the market. Even Boehner is having a hard time reining them in. This has hurt the view of the congress, which is now at its all time lowest approval rating, and the Republican party.

In the last debate, Jon Huntsman, has finally started to stand up for compromise and what it takes to accomplish things in Washington. Its not about who has the best ideas, but about a plan and who can work with people to get these ideas implemented. To get a vote from an "Independent" you are going to have to have a better plan than "I will get Obama out of office!" If the Republican party intends to survive they have to seriously begin to look at candidates that  are sensible enough to be elected.

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