A - me, me, me - fest.
Now, granted, at this stage of the game, these folks are all in the business of drawing attention to themselves, but how about some substance?
The most presidential acting and looking person on stage last night? I hate to say it, as much as I can't stand the man, but, Newt Gingrich fit that bill. He's highly intelligent and well spoken and has a lot of experience manipulating the crowd. If the Republican Party is looking for someone to fit the NeoCon mold with a very presidential air about him, that's the guy. But then there is his record. Not so great. A failed "Contract With America" from 1994, some personal and personnel issues and he's off the list.
Romney, looks like a used car salesman and the way he leered at the other candidates while they were speaking, quite frankly gave me the creeps. He's also got some baggage left over from his stint as Massachusetts governor to deal with, like Romneycare. Scratch that one off the list.
Bachmann, easy on the eyes and a fiery speaker, but really don't we have enough tax attorneys? If you want to run a campaign solely on " I'm not Obama" fine, but after the co opting of a truly grass roots, mostly Libertarian, Tea Party movement by her and her NeoCon cronies, no thanks.
Herman Cain, man, there is a Baptist church in Georgia missing out on a great, inspirational pastor. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoy listening to Mr. Cain speak. I really enjoyed his radio show in Atlanta. His affiliation with, and defense of, one of the most insidiously evil organizations in the history of the USA is where I have to draw the line with him. Mr. Cain was once upon a time, in addition to his "Deep Dish" days, the Chairman of The Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This private bank, which issues our currency (which is, by the way unconstitutional, but that's for another time) has destroyed 98% of the value of the dollar since 1913, and Mr. Cain thinks that the Fed doesn't even need to be audited. No thanks.
Ron Paul. In his 12 terms in the House of Representatives, he's never voted for a tax increase, has called for abolishing the income tax, wants to end the Fed and return the USA to a gold standard of sound money. Ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988. I think it's time for Ron Paul to be President.