Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why Republicans May Be Skipping 2012 Presidential Run

You can read one take from the NY Times' Caucus blog which notes a number of well known names in the Republican party from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (he bowed out of the Presidential sweepstakes yesterday), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, even current US Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Of the five bullet points offered by The Caucus. Here's one offered by Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ. Not sure how you who read this blog view this source, but it makes some sense I suppose:
However, I suspect that on a short list of real reasons why Gov. Barbour opted out of the presidential race is that he realized his basic philosophy of government and of governing are out of sync with the Republican primary voters in 2011 and 2012.

President Obama, America’s financial crises, and the Tea Party, all arriving at about the same time, have radically changed American politics for the foreseeable future. If this were the 1990s and America wanted a strong, competent caretaker-president, Haley Barbour would be your man.

Today, however, most Americans see people like Barbour (one of America’s largest, most powerful and successful Washington lobbyists) as a major reason we find ourselves in our current financial pickle. For most of the last 30 years, if you wanted to expand government, spend more taxpayer money, regulate business so that your Fortune 500 company received an advantage over your business competitor – Haley Barbour was your man who would make it happen. 
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