Thingish Things

The Goldilocks GOP

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Feb• 21•12

This porridge is too hot. This porridge is too cold. This porridge is just…come to think of it, this porridge is too cold, too. To hell with porridge!

So goes the finicky GOP primary electorate this year in taking the temperature of its Republican candidates for president. We have sampled each one, swished him vigorously through our gums, and spat him back into his bowl, only to do the same with the next and the next and the next. (Sorry for the visual.)

Have we considered for a moment, though, that the problem might be us?  Maybe it’s our taste buds that have become too picky — or, more likely, maybe we are looking for a silver bullet when a plain old lead one will do.

The remaining Republican candidates for president are the Republican Party. They represent it in all its strains.  Ron Paul is the libertarian; Rick Santorum is the social conservative; Newt Gingrich is the populist, and Mitt Romney is the establishment moderate. They are central casting. Take your pick.  Yet we yearn for new entries — a Jeb Bush or a Mitch Daniels or a Paul Ryan or a ….

I like each of those men — I would eagerly vote for any one of them — but how would they taste to our tongues on center stage in this environment? Bush would likely become “too mushy”, Ryan ” too hard”, and Daniels “too bland” — or some variation of those themes. If you look microscopingly close at anything, its cillia tend to show, and, as important as they are to our biological constitutions, cillia tend to look hairy and monstrous under a microscope.

This all seems very anti-Republican to me. Since when did we believe that our destinies lie in our elected leaders? Aren’t we the Party that seeks to elect those who will do the least harm? Since when have we seen heads of government as our saviors?

Someone once wrote for President Obama, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”  That speechwriter was right. It’s the American worker and entrepreneur who will get this country back on track. And none of the four remaining candidates would likely do anything to get in their way.

Now if only Newt and Ron Paul would drop out…

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