Three Points and a Poem

Paul’s Talking Points Get Stale

I’ve heard some good three point sermons.  In fact, in my youth I traveled with some pretty good preachers.  Occasionally it would be a preacher who used the same three point sermon at every stop.  Eventually, you know it by heart.  That is how I would describe Ron Paul’s campaign.  We saw it on display last night when a question about sugar subsidies came up.  Paul’s answer basically began with “Well, with all the wars out there, and economic turmoil…”  It reminded me of when he was asked about Medicare Part D.  He fell back to one of his three talking points, the wars, the fed, and smaller government.

Now, I like a lot of Paul’s principles.  But where he is overflowing with principles, he is short on plans.  Paul’s record is one of a loud, dead weight.  His padding bills with pork and then voting against them is really no different than Barack Obama abstaining.  Of course, that is just one of the similarities between Paul and Obama.  Another is an invisible record of legislative accomplishment, masked by the ability to get people to scream, hoot, and yell at political rallies (whether it is his rally or not).

Honestly, the young generation and Ron Paul deserve each other.  I know liberal pro-choicers who are supporting Ron Paul.  He has certainly connected on his talking points and has no problem leading a successful altar call.  Most voters might be satisfied with his answer that we need to focus on ending the wars and then worry about the details of domestic policy, or that he needs to study the issue more which was his second answer on sugar subsidies.  For me, that does not instill confidence.

Dude, where’s Mitt Romney?

Calm, smooth, classy, gracious, these are all words I’ve used in the past to describe Mitt Romney debate performances.  There was none of that in the Tampa debate where Romney stuttered and choked his way through all the attacks he had chided his superpac for running just a week ago.  Romney is full speed ahead on the attack, and in the process losing everything voters like me liked about him for so much of this race.  It’s getting so bad that the establishment is looking for a new candidate, like Mitch Daniels, to dust off and toss back in the ring.  Has it occurred to the establishment that maybe they are  part of the problem?

Romney’s attacks made him sound like a desperate candidate who has run out of ideas.  Honestly, it made him sound like Michele Bachmann.

Huckabee’s “A Simple Government” Book Tour Kicks Off In Early States

Bookmark and Share It would be difficult to prove that Mike Huckabee may be tipping his hat a bit as to his Presidential aspirations when looking at his upcoming book tour, but don’t overlook it as coincidence either. The tour scheduled to promote the former Arkansas Governor’s newest book, A Simple Government, is heavy on stops in early primary states.

The tour, details of which were first reported by CNN, starts late next month in Iowa, hitting 6 cities in the Hawkeye state. On the docket are Des Moines, Davenport, Dubuque, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Huckabee will then spend a couple of days touring Midwestern states before traveling to another early primary state, South Carolina, which is the third state on the GOP primary calendar. The South Carolina stops consist of Florence, Columbia, Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg. Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and performed well in South Carolina as well.

For someone who isn’t sure they are even running for President in 2012, the book tour schedule certainly doesn’t hurt if that decision is leaning to a ‘yes’. Huckabee has performed strongly in a string of recent polls, as he highlighted during an interview with Fox News on Thursday. “What can I say? The American people are extremely smart,” Huckabee said with a smirk. “I’ve always said it. That proves it. What else can I say?”

Then there’s the book itself. The subject matter is tailor-made for the small-government sentiment dominating national politics and the Republican Party.

The book is divided into 12′ prescriptions’ for creating a simpler, more commonsense federal government. And though his suggestions touch on everything from defense policy to immigration, the message is consistent: a smaller, less complicated government is a better government.

How well the book sells could also weigh heavily on Huckabee’s decision to run or not to run in 2012. Should he choose to make another go at it, he would be leaving his very economically prosperous TV and radio gigs to mount a campaign. Considering that he just built a $3 million dollar house in Florida with a $2.8 million mortgage…………….the success of his book may very well be the deciding factor for the Huck.

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