Romney and Gingrich are neck and neck

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Neck and Neck

According to Rasmussen’s most recent national poll, Romney is polling 30% and Gingrich 27% among GOP voters. In South Carolina, it’s Romney 35%, Gingrich 21%, Santorum 16%, Paul 16%

Breaking out the 10 point rating scale, I have to say that neither Mittens nor Newt is my perfect candidate, but on a scale of 1 to 10 Romney is a solid 4 and Gingrich an 8 except on days of portent to global warmening astrologists, when he transforms into a twitterpated 4 as well. Santorum I’d score as a consistent 7. And Perry is a 9. On the economy I’d mark Paul a 10, but on moral leadership and foreign policy (both essentially the same issue) a 0.

But compare those people to the current Resident of the USA’s Winter Palace, Princeps Barackus the Kenyan, whom I score at a -3. I’d mark him lower but he hasn’t created a concentration camp system yet, appointed himself Resident for life, formalized the secret police (though he signed the controlling law last week), or issued death warrants over political disagreements. Still, there is time for those developments if he manages to steal the 2012 elections.

Let’s take a detour back in time a few years…

Back in 2008 I would have scored Romney higher, since he was clearly the most conservative candidate and I knew less about him than I do now, but McCain would have gotten a dismal 2. Still, that was better than the most radical left Senator, Barack Obama, whom I pegged at a -3 even back in those naive days.

All said, even if we end up with our worst possible candidate (your pick) I’m pretty sure he’ll be a far better American President than the other guy.

What do you think?

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bobmontgomery
January 18, 2012 2:39 pm

Agreed that Barack Obama is the worst President in American history. I think if we just elect a moderate candidate, one who understands capitalism and knows how to work with the Democrats, who has a history of working with the Democrats, and of being moderate, we’ll be fine for a few years. Maybe reduce the Top Marginal Rate a little bit; maybe relax a few EPA rules; maybe advise Iran not to use their nuclear weapons against Israel, unless of course the people of Iran vote to do so. If we do that, we can probably get by for three… Read more »

cactusjack
cactusjack
January 22, 2012 2:16 pm

Credit where credit is due, though, while we are all considering our bromides for political dyspepsia. Romney the “4” is consistently rated as the strongest Hawk on national defense in this field running. He is refreshingly unequivocable about continuing fighting terrorism, and can not be posturing because there are no points to be won in the Northeast for taking that hardline stance. Interesting how no one has picked up how far to the right of his competitors, he is in this area. Economhy is still far and away #1 issue but sooner or later, these candidates are going to be… Read more »

cactusjack
cactusjack
January 22, 2012 2:20 pm

…if you live in Taiwan… meant to say.