Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Why Republicans Want a New Candidate

My post over at Greg's place today started life as an explanation of why grass-is-greener speculation about folks such as Paul Ryan and Chris Christie as late-entry presidential candidates was a function of the normal process, and not about this particular cycle or field of candidates...but as the day wore on and Rick Perry rumors emerged, it wound up being just as much of a "take Perry seriously" post. So if you're interested, go over there to check it out.

Of course, a few rumors hardly mean that Perry has decided to run, and if he does run I'm certainly not declaring him a certain winner; I just think, as I've said for a while, that he has a chance to win.

On the original point, however, one thing I could add: running for three years with little publicly to show for it (which is the case for all serious candidates at this stage of the campaign, regardless of how well things are going) is a perfect recipe for seeming boring. They have to trudge through Iowa and New Hampshire, and attend various party shindigs in Washington and elsewhere, giving the same speech over and over and over again. I guarantee: if Ryan, Christie, Daniels and Perry had been running for a year and Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney had passed on the race, we would be seeing lots of speculation about whether Pawlenty and the Mittster would enter now and save the GOP from a boring, unimpressive field. In other words, the speculation has nothing to do with the current cast of candidates or anything else; it’s just a function of the way the process works.


  1. Cave Johnson 2012: I don't want your damn lemons!

  2. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!


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