"Pay attention to what people have actually accomplished, pay far less attention to what they say they will do."
By that standard alone, Barack Obama would never have been elected President. In fact, after having been advanced 100k on a book deal- Obama could not write the book nor make the deadlines that he had agreed on. Many knowledgeable people believe his books were "ghost written." I am one of them. The point is- is that Barack Obama had accomplished very little with his life. A community organizer. A teacher and a lawyer. Good lawyers lawyer, the rest teach. He was a superficial black guy that could speak well. He let a lot of desperate and scared bankers escape in return for their financial support. That dear friends- is why he is President.
Has life turned into a beauty contest? It's hard to argue that it hasn't. Take a look at the candidates. The females are all attractive, some of the men. Substance? There is very little substance except for Ron Paul, Gary Johnson.
I remember my first political science class. The agreed upon secret to "winning elections" is to reach the widest possible audience by offending the least amount of people or groups of people. Cast the widest possible net because winning is about including others- not excluding them. Obama even employed behavioral psychologists to attract more people and make others- who did not sign up on the hope and change tour- feel isolated from the herd. Oh did I feel that pain as I wrote publicly in Moonbat Central and criticized Obama prior to election.
In addition, candidates hide all of those nasty little truths about themselves. The affairs, the shady insider trades, mortgages from people like Mozilo, getting rid of people in cushy jobs, giving cushy jobs to your friends. Alcohol and drug problems, arrests.
You can see the problem can't you? The goal for a politician is to win the election by casting the widest net and appealing to the largest segment of voters. That goal, simply winning the election, does not have a damn thing to do with predicting actual job performance or effectiveness. It is a lie we accept.
All it tells us essentially- is that one of these guys will kiss the public's ass to such an extent that they will win the nomination. In fact, we generally elect the most ineffective person of the bunch every four years. The man or woman who pisses us off the least. Don't we? And within that framework, is the abject failure of the GOP.
So what barometer should we use?
Past performance is the best predictor of future performance.
The guy you don't like the most in the beauty contest- is very likely the man or woman that you need the most. This is the person who is not afraid of the truth, who shows courage, who takes unpopular stands, and who could care less about casting the widest net and kissing the public's ass. That person does not compromise principles to win elections. What I am telling you is simple.
Time and time again, the voters in this country have proven that they can select the worst possible candidates. Our "pickers" are broken. As a country, we keep selecting these ineffective leaders who tell us what we want to hear. We believe them. It's complete bullshit- designed to simply get votes. Think about Obama coming off like a centrist. At any time did this guy mention that he was a stone cold marxist, possibly not even a citizen, and a childhood son of Islam? Think disclosing those slight imperfections might have isolated a few voters?
So we have been pretty good at selecting the best liars. Then we bitch about it. The cycle is about to repeat itself. We have a sorry ass crew of GOP candidates. Only two of these pass the sniff test and unfortunately- neither one is a front runner.
What I am about to say here is the God's honest truth. This country would be better off finding a guy that pisses us off and elect him. At least we would know truthfully where he stands. I can't even bear the thought of Gingrich- the serial cheater, smart ass, and professional politician- getting the nod. Ditto for the great pollyanna, Romney, who I call the white Obama.
This GOP crew is the sorriest assed bunch I have seen in a long time. Even the GOP faithful know it. All the GOP faithful can manage to do is clench their teeth and hope anything is better than Obama. Like their sorry nominee in 2008.
Had the GOP lured Scott Walker or Chris Christie away- we might have had some hope. The GOP and elections in general have in fact- become beauty contests. We are going to nominate another guy who pisses us off the least- the guy who comes off like a nice guy. A beauty contest winner and I don't see any way it is going to be anyone but Romney. And then we are going to get the same old results that we have always been getting- because we keep doing the same thing over and over again. The only guy that the GOP has put forward in my lifetime, a guy who had accomplished a great deal, a man of substance and courage, a man that was not a serial cheater, was Ronald Reagan. They still talk about him. Even blind squirrels find an acorn now and then.