(Quote) Edward-512961 said: Matt, you hit the nail on the head with this one. Sadly, the best candidates did not prevail in...
(Quote) Edward-512961 said:
Matt, you hit the nail on the head with this one. Sadly, the best candidates did not prevail in the primaries. Not in 2012 nor 2008, frankly. I just hope that 2012 ends better than 2008 did.
I don't necessarily think any of the other candidates were "better" or "worse" than Romney. They all had their baggage.
Gingrich? He would have been hammered on his torrid personal life. All day long.
Santorum? He would have alienated a large majority of the independent moderate voters. And, then Obama's team would focus on making the 2012 campaign about social issues and not what it should really be about: the economy.
Paul? He is not a social conservative by any means. Sure, he has a big following, but think how much of the base wouldn't vote for him.
The point is, I don't think any of the individuals would have fared much better than Romney is right now. I think it is less about having a weak candidate and more just the sad state of our country. We live in an American Idol world, and many people vote for the Homecoming King rather than investigate the issues.