For those of you who have never visited before, I live in a low population state with a late primary, Nebraska. That means that my individual vote comes after the other states have chosen a front-runner. I am determined to influence those who have a primary vote that matters. Read at your own discretion.
Having previously discussed the names on the (seemingly endless) list of GOP candidates, It is now time to check back in. Some are out already, some may not enter regardless of our wishes and prayers, others continue to be foisted on us by people who really don't understand true conservatives.
I'm going to work backwards through the above categories, and end with my perfect world assessment as of today. New information comes to light in campaigns on an almost daily basis, so I can't say with certainty who will ultimately be the candidate to get my support. This is how it looks to me today:
If I hear one more pundit tell me that Mitt Romney could be our best GOP candidate, I will be forced to vote for a third party. A true conservative would never have allowed his state to oblige people of religious beliefs to provide adoption services to homosexual couples and individuals. Nor would he institute state-run health care. Nor would he then use his position as governor to provide waivers at his discretion. The last action here is the worst. It shows a kind of imperial attitude towards executive privilege that is completely unconstitutional. No Mitt. No republican organization gets any money from me until I'm certain it will not help Mitt. No. No. No.
I do wish that Sarah Palin and Chris Christie would run. They have real star power, and fairly solid records. Palin is probably better suited to being head of the fundraising end of the GOP, and I'm concerned for her family if she runs. Vows and vocations come before careers. So on some level, I don't want her in the race. Christie has some issues with being the only republican to attend a state dinner for the Chinese. I'm sure it was a decision based on the fiscal gain he could achieve for his state, but that's a serious deal with the devil. China's human rights violations are so perverse and pervasive, (forced abortions, ordaining 'Catholic' priests and bishops...) his attendance at the dinner is truly problematic.
Two that I hoped for initially but could not support now are Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. I was listening to Dennis Miller recently and heard him deflate as he learned that Perry had been a campaign manager for Gore. Like Dennis Miller, I could have overlooked the Gardasil vote as a mistake, but promoting Al Gore shows a real lack of insight. Newt's out of his own accord.
So in a perfect world the remaining candidates for me fall into the following jobs, if God loves us and allows each of them to do their best:
Rick Santorum- President (He is a man of principles and is most in line with my beliefs, see previous posts. I trust him. He's my choice.)
Herman Cain- Vice President or Chairman of the Federal Reserve (As vice president he would preside over the senate and could be key in proposing reform legislation. He's had experience on the Fed so he would be a star there. I like him for president too, but with out political experience, he's my second choice.)
Michele Bachmann- Speaker of the House, or Secretary of the Treasury (She's a proven organizer and should use her tax expertise where it is most needed. I like her for president, but I think she's needed more in these other positions right now.)
Sara Palin- Chief of Staff (Perfect for her, she knows how to run a shop!)
Chris Christie- Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board or Secretary of Education (Enough said!!!)
Paul Ryan- Secretary of Health and Human Services (Beyond enjoying the reaction to him in this position from the left, he has the chops to streamline entitlements and get it done. I'd vote for him for president, but he's not running.)
John Bolton- Secretary of State (The best foreign policy mind in the country. And the Eastern Europeans always respect the 'stache.)
Tim Pawlenty- Secretary of Commerce (His primary work in Minnesota was balancing the budget.)
Ron Paul- Chairman of the Fed (If Herman Cain is VP)
So there's my line-up to date. What do you think?