Saturday, December 10, 2011
Been perusing the political news. Funny thing, the pundits claim that our republic yearns for an outsider to run the country. Then they claim that Romney and the Newt are both insiders so neither has a chance. But I think they are wrong in both cases.
Mitt is easy. He had a lot of business experience before he got into politics. If a voter kinda likes Mitt (or dislikes everybody who is left) and is looking for an outsider, it is easy enough to assert that Romney's experience outside of government makes him outsider enough.
Newt is tougher. He's been tramping around DC for a VERY long time. But he has a couple of things going for him. First, he really did upset the status quo in his first incarnation with the Contract With America, welfare reform, and inflicting balanced budgets on Clinton. Second, a LOT of established politicians just HATE him. To me, that makes him an outsider. Anybody so disliked by so many political hacks just HAS to have something going for him.
The Pundits also assert that Newt loses focus and gets disorganized. That is also a positive for me. If something really important comes up, he will get focused and be the smartest guy in the room. Until then he won't get much done. That government governs best that governs least.
Barring some major meltdown, I am leaning in Newt's direction. Even though I too like the idea of a political outsider to shake things up.