Confession time: I'm still looking for that special someone. That's right, gentlemen...Amy Miller is officially on the market.
Politically, that is.
There's been a lot of chatter recently about who we'd all like to take to the big dance in 2012, and honestly, I can't bring myself to participate. I've got my crushes, and I don't see those going away any time soon, but I'm still waiting for the real thing. I'm in "like" with a few prospects (PenceRubioMyManMitch blah blah blah...), but I'm still waiting for that moment where time stops, the music fades, and goosebumps run up and down my arms in a Sally-just-saw-Harry-across-the-New-Years-Eve-party sort of way.
Watching Nigel Farage publicly eviscerate a bunch of Socialist Eurotrash, though, has brought that much closer to knowing exactly what I want in a candidate. Farage is the leader of the UK Independence Party, and he's a badass. Watch that video again.
Can I have him? I want him!
Yes, I know I can't have him, but I can't help myself--that's what I want. I want someone who can stand up and castrate the opposition while maintaining his dignity. I want someone who is able to connect with America without completely playing into the hands of his opponents. I want someone who can make friend and foe alike step back and say damn.
I'm being constantly reminded that I'm young, inexperienced, and as such should keep my opinions to myself, but I'm telling you--we need a Nigel Farage in our lives, because a Nigel Farage won't just turn conservatives on. A Nigel Farage turns everyone on--this type of candidate will make conservatives smile, liberals scream, and (most importantly) will send the Establishment GOP running for cover.
I'm not saying we don't have great potential waiting in the ranks, and I'm not saying that I don't have faith in any of the up-and-coming conservative hopefuls. All I'm saying is that the best way to find the next conservative hero may not be by leaping into the ring and sinking our fangs into anyone who speaks a word against Sarah Palin. Maybe the key to maintaining our momentum and winning in 2012 is to let the hero come to us. Stop trying to convince the country that, with 2 years to go, so-and-so is the only logical choice for president. Instead, step back, and let some of these hopefuls take a crack at it.
It might be hard, but I think it will be worth the wait. I don't want to throw myself on every grenade chucked in front of my favorite candidate--that's a losing battle. I'm holding out for something better. I'm willing to pass up the cute guy at the bar, and wait for Richard Gere to show up on the fire escape.
But maybe that's just me.