Not sure what I think yet. Romney has pros and cons. He’s bright, knows economics, and is a winner. But he’s wishy-washy, opportunistic, soft on social issues, and his overall stiff and Mormon vibe may not fly in a general election.
Perry is not that bright, but has a record of success and patriotism. However, he also has the feeling of being George W. II, from his appearance, to his pandering to Hispanic illegal aliens combined with the toxic mix of Evangelical Christianity and bellicose neoconservatism. His small government instincts are welcome, but the other parts of his program would be a disaster.
Bachman too says some good things, but she seems a polarizing figure, akin to Sara Palin, and is not terribly articulate on the major economic issues facing the country, and it’s not clear that she has any particular insights on these matters.
All three–like Obama–appear to have their personal lives in order. The Clinton disaster will likely never be repeated by any party, even if mayors and senators and random city councilman will continue to induldge in self-destructive hedonism.
We really need someone like Paul Ryan in my opinion who doesn’t merely think the right things, but can actually move public opinion on them. Reagan had this quality. Obama lacks it, in spite of his pretensions to be the liberal Reagan. And Obama’s major failures of policy and rhetoric are the reason he’s so bogged down. It’s not like he’s saying this is tough medicine, but trust me we’ll be out of the woods soon and here is why. All he does is whine and chalk up his troubles to bad luck and the bad guys on the other side. So much for uniting the country. He also faces a major failure of results after we tried his multi-trillion dollar stimulus and yet the economy is still in the midst of a “double dip” recession. Incidentally, FDR faced this in 1938 after all his feel-good programs like the CCC and the NRA were tried. Keynesianism has the crummiest track record on earth as best I can tell–from the 1938 recession to the current US one to the 20 year Japanese economic crisis–yet it still gets touted as if it were gospel truth by certain economists and policymakers alike.