Last week was one of those weeks that we should have been posting nearly daily, but both of us suffer from having “real” jobs and sometimes we do have to pay the bills. But that said, let’s dive in, and all pray that as the 2010 election season comes to a head, Lowell and I can make adjustments to go back into POTUS election season mode.
Judging The Game From Batting Practice
The meme of the week was that the GOP is in full Civil War, and some were trying to figure out how it will play in 2012. But mostly they are on the left and trying to make as much trouble as they can. Some are looking through the very skewed lens that is Iowa. There is one bit of wisdom from this later link though:
…Republicans are heavily focused on maximizing their possible gains in the November midterm elections.
Yeah, I think that explains it. 2012 talk is a bit early don’t ya know. Yes we are keeping an eye on the possibles, but it is way too early to determine trends or actions. For one thing saying there are a lot of GOP contenders is silly. Thinking and talking about running are very different than actually running. Obama’s utter failure in office is chum in the water – it’s drawing everybody out of the woodwork because they see an opportunity. But at this point in the game the precise opportunity has yet to be determined – for some of the names in consideration, even many, “power broker” and “media presence” is what they are looking for.
And speaking of batting practice…
…the Values Voters Summit, 2010 edition…
…was this past weekend – and there was little news. That did not keep the left from trying to make trouble out of it however. Some tried to stir it up beforehand – some got tough – some got ugly – and some got downright mean.
But the real issue, from my perspective seems to be that the whole thing was just petulant.
Mitch Daniels – I guess he really is in this thing – both Taegan Goddard and Politico are reporting that he is making serious moves instead of just spreading rumors. This is going to get interesting. As we pointed out last week, he seems to be going out of his way to make comments designed to alienate the entire Republican base, but given the timing that could be a move designed to test the strength of his core support. What’s most interesting is that most (but not all) of the Daniels buzz I am hearing comes from the more thoughtful side of the Evangelical spectrum. (Well, and a number of my Hoosier friends.) Note to Huckabee, Palin, Daniels – the Evangelical pie really cannot be sliced up much and help anybody – including themselves.
Tim Pawlenty – Now this is interesting.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been removed from the list of Republicans included in this weekend’s Values Voter Summit 2012 presidential straw poll.
Pawlenty denies that such signals he is giving up on the idea of a run, blaming instead a trip to China that he will be on. Which leads me to…