With the Iowa caucuses 7 weeks away, two new polls have Newt Gingrich at the top of the Republican Presidential Field, while Governor Romney amazingly just cannot breakout of a pack that features the worst Presidential crop of candidates at least in the last 80 years and possibly in the history of the country.
Public Policy Polling has Gingrich with 28%, Cain 25%, Romney 18%, Perry 6%, Paul 5%, Bachmann 5%, Huntsman 3%, and Santorum 1%, in a poll done November 10-13.
CNN has Romney at 24%, Gingrich 22%, Cain 14%, Perry 12%, Paul 8%, Bachmann 6%, Huntsman 3%, and Santorum 3%, in a poll done November 11-13.
GOP voters are doing everything possible to avoid nominating Governor Romney who strikes them as genuine as a $2 Confederate bill. They have had a fling with Donald Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and now Gingrich. Meanwhile Romney proves time and again that he will say anything at anytime to win the nomination, but about 70% of GOP voters are reacting to his romancing as though he is a bad date.
My sympathies are with GOP voters, given their choices. It is actually impossible to figure out what Mitt Romney really thinks or believes beyond that he should be President.
Yet what to do if not Mitt Romney? Herman Cain is not qualified to be President which he proved yet again in an interview in Wisconsin yesterday where he showed he knows less about Libya than a well-informed high schooler. The idea of Herman Cain as Commander-in-Chief is a bad joke.
Governor Perry has showed why he refused to debate during the last Texas race for Governor or meet with editorial boards. His refusal to debate in Texas shows he knows his limits. But his painful performances during the Presidential race simply prove he is not Presidential.
Then there is the other Texan--Ron Paul who worries about killing Americans who take up arms against our country and who wants to abolish the Federal Reserve and return to the gold standard, among many crazy, dangerous ideas.
And so it goes. In pure desperation, GOP voters are now back to Newt Gingrich after earlier sending him to the bottom of the pack after his entire campaign team quit.
The GOP does actually have one sensible conservative in the race, and it is not Rick Santorum who just cannot wait to bomb and invade Iran and probably Syria and North Korea for good measure. Governor Huntsman generally has run a rational campaign at a time when the Tea Party demands extreme positions. He of course barely registers in the polls, though I would sarcastically observe the latest CNN poll had him surging from 1% in October to 3% in November .
The Republican nomination for President of the United States is especially serious business, because the nominee has about a 50% chance of being elected President of the United States in 2012. I send my condolences to GOP voters over their horrible choices but plea with them: how about Governor Huntsman?