Reading Andrew Sullivan’s endorsement for the GOP primary inspired me to make a choice for this primary election as if I were participating in a Republican caucus or primary. My views– the absolutely non-coveted Joe Perez endorsement — can be found at the end of this post.
First, Andrew Sullivan’s post for those of you who are interested:
Which brings me to Ron Paul. Let me immediately say I do not support many of his nuttier policy proposals. I am not a doctrinaire libertarian. Paul’s campaign for greater oversight of the Fed is great, but abolition of it is utopian and dangerous. A veto of anything but an immediately balanced budget would tip the US and the world into a serious downturn (a process to get there in one or two terms makes much more sense). Cutting taxes as he wants to is also fiscally irresponsible without spending cuts first. He adds deductions to the tax code rather than abolish them. His energy policy would intensify our reliance on carbon, not decrease it. He has no policy for the uninsured. There are times when he is rightly described as a crank. He has had associations in the past that are creepy when not downright ugly.
But all this is why a conservative like me is for Obama. What we are talking about here is who to support in a primary dominated by extremes, resentment, absence of ideas and Obama-hatred.
And I see in Paul none of the resentment that burns in Gingrich or the fakeness that defines Romney or the fascistic strains in Perry’s buffoonery. He has yet to show the Obama-derangement of his peers, even though he differs with him. He has now gone through two primary elections without compromising an inch of his character or his philosophy. This kind of rigidity has its flaws, but, in the context of the Newt Romney blur, it is refreshing. He would never take $1.8 million from Freddie Mac. He would never disown Reagan, as Romney once did. He would never speak of lynching Bernanke, as Perry threatened. When he answers a question, you can see that he is genuinely listening to it and responding – rather than searching, Bachmann-like, for the one-liner to rouse the base. He is, in other words, a decent fellow, and that’s an adjective I don’t use lightly. We need more decency among Republicans.
via Ron Paul For The GOP Nomination. Ron Paul because he genuinely listens? Ron Paul because he’s personally loyal to Ronald Reagan? There are so many problems with Andrew’s endorsement, I don’t know where to begin, so I won’t. Andrew’s losing it a bit.
For the GOP nomination in 2012, I find no acceptable canidate among the leading contenders, nobody serious enough to take on the task of bringing healthy “limited government” political philosophy to bear in the real world.
Huntsman has shown the most promise among the candidates in the running, but he shows little evidence of being able to grasp the problems faced by America in a 21st-century filled with complex global challenges and massive wealth inequality at home.
Accordingly, my vote in the 2012 GOP primary would go to a write-in canidate. Possibly John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods with a political philosophy that has sometimes been called libertarian. I’m not sure that he would take the nomination, or even if he’s a Republican, but my vote needs to go somewhere.
I may not agree with everything Mackey stands for politically, but God help us if “Newt Romney” ascends to a political office for which he is utterly unqualified.