Things are always slow between Christmas and New Years – but this year with the holidays on the weekend is extraordinary. This leaves reporters and pundits with nothing to talk about and nature abhors a vacuum, so speculation fills the air and Internet. Most of it is extraordinarily silly.
The Washington Post’s “Post Politics” blogs gives their rankings of the Republican field. Not bad considering the Post would not understand Republican thinking if it was explained to them. Jonah Goldberg sorts them out pretty well, but I still think Palin is a wild card. Clark Judge, via Hugh Hewitt, does not name names, but does do the actual serious kind of analysis called for.
In all of that and more, Romney remains the proclaimed “frontrunner.” It does look increasingly like he is prepping to run – even with some tough polls and the left continuing to take health care shots. Consider this quote from the later link:
And yet, for all the line drawing and needle threading with respect to federalist versus national approaches, the fact remains that when Romney had a chance to write the health care script, he chose an individual mandate.
That, dear friends, in a nutshell is what is wrong with the left. For them the constitution is a mere technicality – just needle threading. They cannot let anything like LAW stand in the way of what they want. *SIGH*
But in the world of speculation, nothing could be more speculative than K-Lo saying in her 2011 predictions:
Mitt Romney will seriously consider not running for president.
This drew all sorts of idle speculation. I think it is the safest prediction possible. Yes Mitt Romney is sending out all sorts of signals that he is likely to run. But he also understands the seriousness of the undertaking – better than almost anyone else being considered. No reasonable person would make a commitment like this without considering all sides of it.
One of the things I find most annoying about the entire process is that we tend to view people in public life as somehow less human than the rest of us. True, many in the entertainment business act that way, but very few in political life do – they are people trying to do a job in service to their nation – which is us. They have personal lives, families and foibles just like all of us. The stresses politics at the POTUS level put on all of that is extreme.
One of the things most admirable about Mitt Romney is the sobriety with which he approaches such things. That means he would instinctively consider not running. But the flip side of that is that if he decides to run, you know it will be a full commitment to do a good job as candidate and president – it will not be a lark or a grab for attention, but a real decision about serious things.
This season is also idle because serous people are making very serious decisions that should be made away from the glare of the public. Rather than speculate idly, I recommend lifting the Romney’s and all the other possibles on both sides of the aisle, up in prayer. Believe me – they need it.