This is going to be short. I am so frustrated with the mainstream media because they simply cannot get their heads around the fact that Iowa voters might be more sophisticated than what is generally offered as conventional wisdom. If I talk to one more reporter who wants to know about the "majority of Iowa voters being social conservatives" I think I am going to scream. Mostly, I just want to walk through the electronic ether and shake them until they understand that perhaps Iowa voters might be a bit more sophisticated than they present to the consuming audience.
Many of these reporters want to know the impact that Perry is having on Bachmann and whether or not Santorum or Cain are chipping away at the social conservative base. What I tell them is that Iowans might have social conservative concerns, but those concerns pale in significance when it comes to the fact that we have the strongest supporter of abortion sitting in the White House right now. The current resident is also a bit sketchy when it comes to expounding a clear set of religious principles upon which he might find comfort. Add to these issues the fact that the current resident of the White House has no clue about economics, the private sector, the military, international relations, border security or anything else for that matter and perhaps we might something to like on the other side of the aisle.
Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum all would be totally acceptable candidates to run against the president. I am still holding judgment on Governor Perry. His missteps on HPV and his position of illegal immigration make him very hard to support. He will have to do a lot better in explaining himself along the way. I think I can trust the others, but I am not sure I can trust Governor Perry--just yet. If he meets my threshold, then we have six candidates who will run Obama out of DC.
I could care less if Christie, Guiliani or Palin jump in. If they do, then so much the better, but I am not holding my breath. We have a lot of good people running so adding a couple more will not matter. Regardless of who eventually runs, any one of them will be far better than Obama.
The caucuses will be here before we know it and the elections are right around the corner. Let's get ready to do that one more thing. It's good to be back in Iowa.
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