Up for Debate: Santorum's big night

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:40pm

What effect, if any, will Rick Santorum's strong showing in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado have on the overall GOP presidential race?

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55 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 2/8/12 at 12:34

I consider myself a political agnostic. We don't know enough about any of the current crop of politicians to trust them with public office and the power inherent in that office.

Santorum should not become too comfortable as a single misstep could send the sand castle crashing down. Point of fact, I am unimpressed with a single one of the current GOP presidential contenders.

Not that I am smitten with President Obama's less than stellar performance. His single minded, almost uncompromising, pursuit of some goals has generated an equal lack of compromise from the opposition party. I would even opine that the refusal to compromise from the 'other' party has peaked at new, unimagined levels.

To be honest, President Obama will likely be reelected, even if only on the basis of 'political apathy' by the electorate reasoning 'better the evil we know.' Take heart, though, considering the checks and balances, and the power of noncompromise, who sits in the oval office is almost a moot point from some aspects. A president can only do what circumstances and Congress will allow.

The real battle, I believe will be in the House and Senate. Considering the historic low approval rating Congress currently 'enjoys,' I anticipate, no, I hope for a complete house cleaning of incumbents to frighten those remaining into even a begrudging spirit of compromise.

Disgusted as I am with the system, I almost wish for a 'none of the above' or 'no confidence' option on the ballot.

An acquaintance once opined we should select representatives much the same way we do jurors. Selected randomly from a list of registered voters. Something akin to a draft notice, I suppose. I scoffed at the time, shuddering at the idea of self serving slugs who be called up. Today, however, reviewing what we have currently supposedly representing our interest, I almost have to reconsider. Could we really do worse?

Come November, I personally am going to vote against any incumbent if only for the purpose of causing such turmoil in Washington, they can't inflict on us any further harm.

By: yogiman on 2/8/12 at 3:43

Welcome to the club, Ask01. I've never voted for an office holder more than twice in a row. But I'm afraid with the country in the shape its in now, and if Obama is kept in office, we won't have another election in the USA. That is, if we have one this year.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/12 at 4:02

"His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket, and there was hardly a hole in it anywhere." - Mark Twain

By: bfra on 2/8/12 at 4:20

brrrrk - Amen! Get's worse everyday.

By: yogiman on 2/8/12 at 11:56

And its gonna get worse tomorrow, children.