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The 2012 Presidential Election

There is an interesting phenomenon occurring in the Republican ranks as we begin to think of the 2012 Presidential race.   Other than for Sarah Palin the excitement is not being generated by persons who have shown interest before–not for Mitt Romney or Haley Barbour or Mike Huckabee.   No it is younger Republicans like Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio who are drawing attention.

Congressman Paul Ryan has written a Roadmap for reform of Social Security and Medicare reform.   Debt commission leaders Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have included parts of  the Ryan Roadmap in their plan to reduce the deficit.   Nearly as significant, Alice Rivlin, former Clinton budget director for Bill Clinton, recently backed Ryan’s ideas.

Bobby Jindal, Govenor of Louisiana, has written a book highly critical of Barack Obama’s handling of the oil spill crisis.   Jindal is doubtful that the President will move away from his radical agenda on any front.   The most in demand speaker for the GOP, other than Palin, is Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor who is fearlessly taking on the Left in his state and beyond.    His speeches remind one of Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman.    The most exciting new U.S. Senator is Marco Rubio of Florida.  Perhaps no one since Jack Kennedy in 1952 has drawn such attention as a Freshman in the Upper Chamber.

One thing these young men all have in common is lack of interest in running for President in 2012.   We can add one more name to this list:   Rick Perry, just elected to his third term as Governor of Texas.   On his watch, Texas has replaced California as the most prosperous and influential state.   Like others noted above he is not seeking the White House.

It is strange how things can change in two years.   In 2008 Barack Obama was the toast of the town and the world and even Larry Sabato, brilliant political scientist at the U. of Virginia, felt the GOP was headed for half pint status.  Now even the Left is asking what happened to the Anointed One, and the Republicans have a bench so deep that their Front Line players are being eclipsed by younger men and women.

Noemie Emery is a very gifted columnist for the Washington Examiner.   She wrote a piece in the November 15 edition of the Weekly Standard  about the “Impermanent Majority,”  in which she notes that  the year 2004 was to be a realignment to the Right.   This was followed by the 2008 realignment led by that transcendent persuader, Barack Obama.   Each of these realignments lasted all of seven months.

In 2006 all knew that 2008 was going to be about Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton.   Obama was an asterisk also ran and Sarah Palin was unknown outside Alaska.   Emery closes her article with these words, “In light of these facts, we make no predictions.   All we feel free to say of the future is that it certainly does lie ahead.”

Noemie Emery properly suggests caution at this moment.   She is right.  Even the most gifted cannot see around corners.   But I would add to her careful closing–hang on.   This is all going to be very exciting, however it turns out.


Waiting in the Wings

On August 10, 1974, I boarded a train in Chicago for my sister-in-law’s wedding in downstate, IL.   My wife and I spent that summer working with kids from Cabrini Green, the most infamous housing project in the nation, and with youngsters from the Latin community, and with Appalachian whites who had left the hills for the city.   She had preceded me to help prepare for the happy occasion.  But it was not a happy day for the nation.

I boarded armed with all four of the major Chicago dailiesThe Chicago Tribune, The Sun-Times, The Daily News, and The News Sun.   Why four newspapers?    Because on August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon had resigned the Presidency, and I wanted as many perspectives as possible.    Mike Royko of The Chicago Daily News,  often a sarcastic journalist, had a poignant comment on the resignation and the state of the nation.   He said, “At the time of the writing of the Constitution we were a nation of 2.5 million.   Those few produced our brilliant Founders.   Today we are a nation of 210 million (1974).   Richard Nixon was an able man not honest.   Jerry Ford is an honest man not able.   Among 210 million can we not find even one leader both able and honest?”   It was that kind of day and Mike Royko could not have known that a man named Ronald Reagan was waiting in the wings to send Ford’s successor, Jimmy Carter, back to his peanut farm in Georgia.

Once again we find ourselves in serious crisis.   We are led by an incompetent, Radical President and a Democrat Congress that is no better.   Either of these make it difficult.   Together they are a disaster.   But help is on the way in November and into this breach steps Hillsdale College and their September 16 and 17 Constitution Day Celebration.   The closing speaker was George Will, brilliant columnist for The Washington Post.    His address was entitled “Why We Celebrate Constitution Day.” 

He appealed to the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, to make the case for limited government and away from the Welfare State and entitlements which are about to sink us.   But he said he liked to close on a cheerful note and he mentioned Winston Churchill who was half American.   Will said that Churchill loved this nation as much as he loved his American mother.   The great British Prime Minister said, “You Americans always do the right thing–after you have tried everything else.”

Having tried everything else we said “Nuts” to the peanut farmer and turned to a giant named Ronald Reagan who had perfect pitch for the time.   Having tried a radical from Chicago who is waiting in the wings?   PalinRomney?  Newt?    Mitch Daniels?  Someone we have not yet thought of?   Churchill would say they are there just as Reagan was.

Having tried Pelosi and Reid and an appointed Senator Michael Bennet, now affectionately known as Rubber Stamp Man, and Cap N Trade Betsy, let us turn to Reagan Conservatives, Ken Buck and Cory Gardner in CO, Bill Brady in IL, and others of their timber across the land.    Let us do the right thing on November 2 and begin to retire Barack Obama as well.  Our Republic  of 310 million still produces men and women both able and honest.  It is just that most of them are not in Washington right now.  

George Will said this election will be known as The Great Awakening.    It has already started.   Don’t miss it.   We all need to be engaged.   Vote for Conservative courage.   Vote for honor.