This is not a particularly rant-y post, but is anyone else fascinated by all the people who are and are not throwing their hat into the ring for the 2012 Republican primary for President?
I'm fascinated. There are the obvious no answers, a la Donald Trump. But then there are the surprising no answers, like Mitch Daniels.
And there are the obvious yes answers, like Ron Paul. But there are the less obvious ones like Herman Cain. Does anyone know who he is? What's his platform? "I swear I'm not Michael Steel, We Don't All Look Alike"?
But the real question is do any of these guys have the ability to win a decisive victory and unite the conservative vote? People talk about how the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, so maybe they have fixed their identity crisis going into 2008's election.
I beg to differ. They have too many identities. This party has DID or Schizophrenia. I'm going to go with Schizophrenia. They have this idea of themselves as social conservatives and fiscal conservatives with a religious undertone that helps run the whole show.
But then every time it's time to take a stand on the issue, what you'd expect to happen (something Reagan once stood for, or hell even Newt Gingrich once stood for) is not what comes out in the press release. It's as if the whole party as a person is hearing voices and those voices are instructing them to make rash statements and bold decisions.
When asked why they made these decisions, they can't quite explain it. They were just following the voices in their head. The visions of grandeur that don't quite match up to reality run amok. The focus on issues that are minuscule as if they were huge. And the regret at not being able to control oneself. These are all the cardinal signs of schizophrenia.
The only thing that doesn't match is schizophrenia tends to be most prevalent in young men in their teens and 20s. We all know that doesn't apply to the Republican party or the voices in their heads.
Okay, so maybe this got a big rant-y.