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The GOP lacks a clear candidate

GOP Presidential candidates Rick Santorum (left), Mitt Romney (center left), Newt Gingrich (center right) and Ron Paul (right). (photo/ minnesota.publicradio.org)

In 2008 I was a giddy little schoolgirl. For the first time I was able to vote and it was also an election year. Bonus! But as the time came to head to the polling station on Super Tuesday, I found myself in a bit of a quandary; I didn’t feel attached to any of the candidates. Four years later, I’m in the same boat.

Super Tuesday is just a few short weeks away and every couple days I find myself changing what candidate I like the most, because frankly I don’t care for any of them.

Confession, I’m a Perry girl, and there were some tears cried on the inside when he dropped out of the race. Sure, he’s just another west-Texan who can barely speak English coherently, but I found myself attached to him. Compared to what the GOP has to work with now, I’m longing for my boy Perry to come back.

The front-runner right now is a man who looks a lot like McCain 2.0. Mitt Romney and his country-club swag just aren’t working for me. Yes, he’s a conservative. Yes, he’s capable of standing in front of a crowd of people to deliver a speech. And, yes, he makes strong points during debates. But where is the wow factor as a candidate? He doesn’t have one.

He’s vanilla ice cream in a dish that someone spilled some sprinkles on; he has a little pizzazz but he’s nothing overly special. He stands out because the rest of the candidates are sugar-free and bland.

Just behind Romney is Newt Gingrich. Newt, by human standards, is kind of a horrible person. With all the rumors of infidelity and his divorce record, it’s a miracle to me he’s in second and walked away with a win in South Carolina. Sure, he was Speaker of the House and he has worked with Reagan, which always will be a bonus point for good conservatives. Other than that, I’m not jumping up and down then going on the internet to purchase my “Newt 2012” tee shirt. He has experience working with the President in his years as speaker and he has connections. However, I don’t know if he is the man to claim the White House this November.

Vying for third are two men who could be stronger candidates if there wasn’t that one factor that just makes them absolutely unappealing.

I can get behind Ron Paul 99 percent of the time. Then, however, he opens his mouth to talk about his foreign policy ideas and my eyes glaze over.

Paul may be crazy, but he’s smart, something that seems to be overlooked in politics as of late. He just doesn’t have the image of a man who could be leader of the free world.

The other man fighting for the candidacy is Rick Santorum. I can’t say I love Santorum, and I’m not even to crush status.

It’s more like I’ve been admiring him from afar and wouldn’t mind if he would buy me a drink at the bar and we could see how things went from there.

He has strong policy ideas, and he’s got the image the GOP is looking for (family man who loves America, guns and religion). However, he’s the guy you forget is at the party. There’s nothing outstanding about him. He fades into the background at debates, the media doesn’t give him the time of day, and he just doesn’t have the aggressive nature of a politician.

He’s Jefferson Smith, a good old boy who could do good things, but he is being silenced by the rhetoric.

Now it may seem like I just ripped apart every chance the Republican Party has of walking away with a victory in November. Nevertheless, the truth of the matter is, although I don’t love any of the candidates, as soon as the convention happens in the fall I will be behind that candidate 100 percent.

Something in my gut tells me that any of those four gentlemen will be a better choice for America than the current President. 

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