EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for November 9, 2011
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I wrote a while back that I could not support Jon Huntsman ever for what many consider a very esoteric reason — he went to work for the President of the United States and while working for the President of the United States decided to run against his boss. That the President is Barack Obama has no relevance to me.
I am not, at this point, planning on even attempting to walk back that “ever,” but consider it a sign of how frustrated I am with the race.
I have not endorsed any candidate and I do not intend to endorse any candidate. But we might as well take a look at them.
Issue 2 in Ohio has failed. Unions poured a gazillion dollars into Ohio and won. Despite having a sense of this outcome for some time it still stings. Believe it or not, a great many felt that these reforms were important steps in bring fiscal and structural sanity to government. The voters clearly did not get that message.
The media is going to try and play this as horse race politics. Governor John Kasich lost and the Democrats won. And obviously, in some important sense – even if only in the fact the story and perspective being conventional wisdom – this is true. Kasich and Republicans passed this legislation and it has been rejected. Fair enough.
Conservative activists have this nasty habit of denigrating our own politicians, and in fact the very practice of running for office to represent our side. We kick our guys (and girls) at every opportunity, sometimes for no reason but to kick politicians.
It’s in that vein that some have taken to referring to one Presidential candidate or another as the ‘flavor of the month,’ suggesting they’re not serious people, that our electorate isn’t making serious decisions, and that our choices in this election are trivial.
Not only is that not the case, but the plain fact is, the actual rise and and fall of the various candidates doesn’t even match up with the trend. In particular, it’s either ignorant or dishonest to put Herman Cain and Rick Perry into the same category as Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty.
In the second part of my interview with Governor Rick Perry, I asked him about the Super Committee. He tied its existence into the failure of Barack Obama’s leadership. His answer transitioned us into a discussion about energy policy and the ability to create jobs in the United States based on accessing our domestic energy.