It’s looking more an more likely that Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum will be the eventual GOP nominee for President. As these types of things begin to shape up, it’s easy to begin to wonder just what a Santorum or Romney presidency and administration would look like. One of the easiest (and most fun, for junkies like me) ways to start this process is to predict who exactly each man would choose to serve in his cabinet. I’ve chosen a few of the more important or interesting cabinet positions and who I think each would choose below:
It’s been four long years since Republicans have been out of the White House. So long, in fact, that many Republicans appear to have forgotten why we even lost the 2008 presidential election.
The obvious answer is the financial crisis and economic recession. But there was more to it than that.
The Republican Party – the one of limited government, free markets and free people – strayed from its path. President George W. Bush and the Republican Party adopted “compassionate conservatism,” a catchy way of saying “big government as a means to a conservative end.” Ignore the oxymoron in that phrase, because apparently Republican leaders at the time did, too.
Three years ago today, President Obama signed the stimulus bill designed to kickstart the economy. It failed. Unemployment is still above 8 percent, and it is predicted to stay there until 2014. Under the administration’s own predictions we are worse off than if the stimulus was never passed.
Long term unemployment is over 40 percent – the highest since 1948. Further, the number of Americans in poverty is up as well. And while we may be seeing some anemic recovery now, remember that the stimulus ended a year ago, the economy only started to rebound after the GOP won the House and fought the President’s tax and spend policies tooth and nail.
What’s more, the Democrats refuse to even pass a budget.
Three years later, the stimulus has failed and so has Obama. Only 262 days until Election Day 2012. “One term proposition,” indeed.
As first seen on The Right Sphere.
For much of the primary season, we saw a kind, easy-going Mitt Romney. Confronted early by Tim Pawlenty on Romneycare, Romney dismissed the “Obamneycare” line with the flick of the wrist and the seemingly formidable Rick Perry folded like a cheap suit in the debates. The air of inevitability around Romney was his greatest weapon. He was anointed, descended from the establishment on high to be the nominee to defeat President Obama.
Candidates came and went, each spending a few days or more in the spotlight. But Romney always appeared to be the guy who win it all in the end. While they had time, the GOP electorate played with their toys.