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Of Vice (Presidents) and Men.

Hey everyone, I’m back. I had computer meltdown and school so I haven’t posted in some time.

Well, today we are going to be talking about who, in my opinion, should (or should not) be the Vice Presidential nominee of the Republican party. Can anyone repair the damage done by the decision of the establishment to nominate their worst candidate since Benjamin Harrison? Unfortunately, the answer to that last question is “Probably not” but some choices would be markedly worse than others.

By far the worst options come from among the United States Senate. While strictly speaking there is some logic to picking a Senator (namely that the role of the Vice President when the President is not very incapacitated or dead is to be, in effect, a “extra” Senator who normally has no voting role, save to break a tie) the fact of the matter is that if something were to happen to the President, the person who would assume the role would (in general) have no executive experience save observational experience from working alongside the President. That alone is reason enough to doubt the wisdom of a VP choice from the Senate, but not enough to absolutely preclude it. However, there are reasons why all Senators should be out of consideration. First, suppose a conservative Senator were chosen (especially a younger, newer member from oh, say, Florida) this would rob the people of that State of a conservative voice in the Senate to stand up to the President’s anti-capitalist agenda, and drastically shorten and probably end the political career of said VP pick. Alternately, suppose a leftist were chosen to court independent voters: this is redundant even putting aside that this logic doesn’t work in the first place. More than that, the Republicans must understand that they can’t take conservative votes for granted. The only positive to a leftist VP candidate is that when the ticket inevitably goes down in flames it should be impossible to deny the reality that leftist Republicans don’t win elections, and even that morbid prospect is hollow when you realize that the establishment has never acknowledged the overwhelming evidence that already exists. No, the conservative wing of the Republican party must survive this election to either rebuild whatever is left of America after another Obama term or for a primary challenge-I’ll be damned if I see any Presidential reelections any time soon. So the only real options are either a conservative Governor, or someone from outside of current government. Of these options, a Governor is the best direction to go. But one must be careful here: sometimes the fact that a Governor is outspoken and Republican is mistaken for making that Governor a conservative. If, for example, you are thinking of Republicans near the Mason-Dixon line, you may be thinking of a good choice, but only if you are on the south side of it. Ask yourself, “is this guy everyone thinks is so conservative actively trying to keep coal out of his state” if you are assuming the answer is no, as many of you who think you’ve got the perfect pick are, check again, because you are wrong. Please don’t misunderstand, some amount of leftism is to be expected of Northeast Republicans: if we want to have any power in the region we must tolerate that, at least for now. But what is necessary there should stay there. We can continue to like those Republicans if they stay where their beliefs pass for conservative. All of you fans of a certain Republican governor may find you don’t like him as much as you thought you did when he is fighting for capn’trade as VP.

Now, I think I have given enough clues for the astute to discern which of two highly talked about prospects for the VP slot I am specifically trying to argue desperately against. But at this point, there is a disturbingly high chance that either of those choices is going to be the pick. The future of America is very bleak for the coming five years and I am seriously considering talking to one of those crazy libertarian groups about their artificial islands where they intend to establish capitalist paradises. It seems highly preferable to continuing to live in a country governed by anti-capitalists.

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Not So Stupid

It “Might” be a tax, Charlie? Really?

God I miss Jeb…

But on the bright side, he may being coming to his senses. But will he also reject climate alarm? Probably not.

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Dangit Mel!

Do you have any idea how unethical it is for the Governor who plans to run to replace you to chose who will hold your seat in the interim? Oh GOD this is the stupidest thing ever.

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So I’m watching Neil Cavuto…

Gotta love Neil. He’s a smart, nice guy. He has this guy on from GOP Trust who says that Michael Steele should withhold funds from stimulus supporting Republicans like Crist. Seems kinda harsh (am I going soft?) and it would suck to regret such a decision. Here’s what I think.

The National party should mind its own business for now, during the primary, remaining impartial. They should give funds to whoever wins the primary-whether Rubio or Crist, but don’t try to buy the primary for either.

Anyone in a similar situation that wants to comment on the idea of withholding funds from stimulus supporters more generally?

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Rubio gets interviewed by Freddoso-worth analyzing.

The whole thing is here. I’ll hit some highlights (what I like/don’t like, what sticks out).

DAVID FREDDOSO: Charlie Crist is a popular guy in Florida. He’s also popular among Republicans. Are you Don Quixote for taking him on?

MARCO RUBIO: Elections are about choices and about giving people clear alternatives. I have strong and deeply held convictions about what the United States should be about. I have strong beliefs about what the role of the Republican party should be in the political debate in America. I don’t think that’s being reflected by our leadership at the national level. I don’t believe it’s being reflected by our leadership at the state level, in some respects. And, as a result, I want to run for the U.S. Senate, because I don’t think that the voice our party should be is being offered by the Republican party at this moment.

Barry Goldwater once said that we needed “a choice, not an echo”-nevertheless, I think Rubio-who is a guy great, and if I may wax queer for a moment, handsome-I’m not sure he has a shot. Crist is almost disgustingly popular.

FREDDOSO: How are they failing?

RUBIO: Two things. There’s one group of Republicans who feel our slogan should be, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” That, in essence, it’s too hard to take on this expansion of government, this overreliance on government to grow our economy and create jobs. And so what we should do is just be more like the Democrats. Another group of Republicans believes that we should basically be the party of opposition without any ideas in return — that all we have to offer is ideology, but without any new ideas behind the ideology.

I think both sides of that debate are wrong. We are a party that should have a very clear vision about government’s role in our economy and government’s role in our country, and we should back that up with specific solutions for the future. That’s what I’ve built my career on, and that’s what our candidacy should be about.

I recognize the flaws of both “sides” but I don’t see the “sides” the same way as Rubio does. But this stuff is really not what I want this post to be about, so let’s move on.

FREDDOSO: Give me an example of that, showing a contrast between yourself and Governor Crist.

RUBIO: Quite frankly, you could say it’s a contrast between myself and the direction of the national Republican movement at this moment in our history, by and large, especially here in Washington, D.C. One example is term limits — we should be the party of term limits. We should be the party that says it’s not natural for any human being to serve more than half his adult life in the U.S. Congress.

We should be the party of the balanced-budget amendment — of the notion that we should not spend money we do not have. We should admit once and for all that Republicans are just as guilty as Democrats . . . in spending money we don’t have.

We should be the party of tax reform. We’re constantly talking about tax cuts and their importance, but tax reform is even better. Change our system of taxation, whether it’s a Fair Tax or a Flat Tax. Boldly propose changes to our tax system so that once again we have a country where we’re not encouraging companies to shift jobs overseas — where the tax implications of creating jobs in America are not negative, the tax implications of building things in America aren’t negative.

I am a huge supporter of term limits, but I have long recognized that they are going to be tough if not impossible to get. It doesn’t have the the plausibility needed for a central plank of a party platform. But we should fight for it nonetheless (don’t count on this being something which unites-most politicians aren’t fans for obvious reasons). As for tax reform, he’s basically right on-he hits on the real reason why jobs are being lost (actually its taxes and Unions and progressivism in general) although I’m not sure that, as a free trader, I entirely appreciate the implied economic nationalism. However, with respect, Fair Tax is, I think, the wrong way. For those who don’t know, it would be a sales tax, and a big one. One thing I like about Florida is that 6.5% state sales tax is pretty low-but add something like an extra 20-30% on top of that? No thanks! Flat Tax would be much better. Balanced Budget amendment? Sounds great! Can we actually do it? Well, again, we can dream, and we can fight, but the cynic in me knows its an uphill battle.

FREDDOSO: Why did you support Mike Huckabee in 2008?

RUBIO: Two things I like about Mike Huckabee: One was his support of the Fair Tax, which I thought was bold and innovative. Second, I thought that of all the candidates, he did the best job of connecting how the people’s social and moral well-being cannot be separated from their economic well-being. . . .

Okay, that’s disconcerting…

Well, read the whole thing. I have to admit, this one was a rollercoaster for me. Parts had me thinking “Where can I sign up to campaign for this hunk[Okay, I get it, this gay joke is more creepy than funny]?” and others saying “No no no! That’s just not right!” So unfortunately this hasn’t helped me make my decision. I guess I’m become squishy and indecisive.

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Too Hot to Blog

Wow, this is getting to be a pretty personal blog. I really need to get back to political commentary.

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Charlie goes to washington…

So our governor is running for Mel’s Senate seat. Now I am one of those “disappointed” with Crist, but I’m not going to say what I would want to happen in our primary-except that Crist would be better than just about any Democrat they could run against him and probably an improvement over Martinez-who has been disappointing in his own ways. I’ll let you guys, the readers, decide what you think. This will be my first chance to vote in an election, though. Isn’t that exciting? Or maybe scary?

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