Republicans Looking Good in 2012? By Cindy Cross
Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, officially announced Monday that he will run for President in 2012. Labeled boring by the press, Pawlenty's bid for President drew little notice. Pawlenty is not the sort of candidate the Republicans need if they stand a chance to win against Obama.
Republicans need a candidate who will steal the lime-light away from Obama. Obama's approval rating is currently at 50%. Trump would have been the perfect deflection, but bailed out of the race two weeks ago. What Republicans are left?
Ron Paul (R-Texas) is officially in, but Americans seem to be disinterested in this (former Libertarian) Congressman. Some say he's not good looking enough to capture the attention of American voters. Let's be honest, Americans are picky about Presidential candidates. We set high standards where the candidates must possess a combination of virtue, brains, charisma, and, always a plus'good looks.
Pawlenty, although not bad looking, is lacking in the charisma department. Labeled boring by the press won't help him much either. He needs to take lessons from Donald Trump'a man who can't keep himself OUT of the news.
Why do looks take precedence over traits that we should be placing most the value? Take the leaders of other nations, for example'do they look like Calvin Klein models? When I see them in the news, they appear to be ordinary citizens.
Unfortunately, when I see Ron Paul in the news, I see a man who reminds me of the economics professor I had in college; not the next Commander in Chief. I say this not in jest; I have a lot of respect for Ron Paul. He speaks with a strong confidence that one would expect from a person in his position in government. One of the fourteen M.D.'s in Congress; Paul is clearly an intelligent man.
But intelligence is not enough. Or is it over-rated? Look at Sarah Palin. It's evident that she's no Rhodes Scholar, but the Republicans went crazy for her in the last election. A combination of looks and charisma sent Tea Party members into a republican love-fest frenzy. So in the case of Palin, looks can super cede brains.
For this reason, I think Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate who will run against Obama in 2012. He fits the cookie cutter mold with his chiseled good looks, charisma, brains, virtue, and lots and lots of money. He's going to need a war chest of cash for a political campaign that will minimize Obama's recent triumph.