Saturday, October 8, 2011

Strains of a Recurring Theme

HuffPost reports on the goings-on at the Values Voters Summit in DC, where the familiar strains of indecision, frustration, and doubt dominate the discussion.  Who can real social conservatives embrace in the race against Obama next year?  Apparently some can take a deep breath and choose Romney, despite his inconsistency around social issues and his Mormon faith.  On the other hand, others want someone who won't compromise and really get into a dogfight against the Democrats -- like Herman Cain or Rick Santorum.  Michele Bachmann, whose "standing room only" crowd at the summit featured not a few empty seats, got the crowd on its feet when she said, "Conservatives, we can have it all this year because Barack Obama will be a one-term president.  Let's finally have one of us in the White House."  A not-so-subtle dig at former president GW Bush?

Those who are trying to get a read on the GOP nominating process right now are going to keep seeing this familiar scene: with no candidate willing to be the loser that Tim Pawlenty was, they will be throwing out their conservative bona fides with gusto to try to persuade the base to go their way.  In the end, though, I think it's going to be either Perry or Romney against Obama, and I relish either of those races.

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