Jewish World Review Nov 11, 2011 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772
Falling in Like With Mitt
By Roger Simon
Three years ago, Democrats fell in love with Barack Obama. Today, after nine major Republican debates and before anyone has cast a single vote, Republicans seem poised to fall in line behind Mitt Romney.
And why shouldn’t they? In debate after debate, he has proven himself to be the least bad candidate on the stage.
The candidates who surge after him, or even in front of him, in the polls always seems to come to a bad end.
Michele Bachmann? By the time reporters had learned how to spell her name correctly, she had disappeared from serious contention.
Rick Perry? Well, Texans understand brands. They burn them into cattle. And after the CNBC debate Wednesday night, when Perry was unable to remember his third talking point - - hey, he got two out of three, cut him some slack! - - he forever branded himself the “Oops Candidate” because “oops” is what he was forced to reply after racking his brain for an answer after several agonizing, live-TV seconds.
Herman Cain? Well, Cain’s problem can be summed up easily: Are the Republicans willing to nominate a candidate who almost certainly will lose to Obama next November? And are they willing to nominate a candidate who could bring down a few crucial GOP Senate and House candidates along with him?
The rest of the field is … the rest of the field.
Newt Gingrich is extremely adept at demonstrating haughty disdain during these debates.
“My colleagues have done a great job of answering an absurd question,” he said with his patented drollery Wednesday night after the other candidates were asked about health care.
It got a laugh. But Marie Antoinette probably got a laugh after she (legend has it) said, “Let them eat cake. ” And all that got her was the guillotine.
Drollery, disdain and haughtiness are not usually what Americans end up looking for in a president. Likability is what they look for, and Gingrich radiates likability with all the power of a 25-watt bulb.
Cain was the likability candidate, but he ran into a funny thing on his way to the White House: his past.
No fewer than four women have accused him of sexual misbehavior, two of them publicly, and while in the past candidates like Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger rode out such accusations, Cain is no Clinton and no Schwarzenegger.
He is a former businessman and professional motivational speaker with a goofy 9-9-9 tax plan and more baggage than Samsonite. True, he could win Iowa. He might even win South Carolina.
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