Republican politics to be exact. I cannot recall ever seeing candidates come and go from favor so quickly or for such a strange mix of reasons.
To date I have to agree with some of my readers who have yet to find a candidate to back. I have real doubts about their intentions. I guess that's because I got snookered last time around.
A quick review. Romney is viewed as the most likely nominee. I do not fear his being Mormon and he really wants the job yet for some reason he just doesn't grab me. That doesn't mean I wouldn't vote for him, yet...
Current flavor - Newt. If he would just leave Reagan out of the equation I'd feel better. Reagan was of a time long gone. We need to be looking ahead. His grey hair and grandfatherly manner belies an ambition not clearly defined. Beware the silver tongue.
Most recently displaced - Cain. His knowledge of foreign policy has always been suspect. After this past week so is his knowledge of current events like Obama's stand on Libya. Not yet ready for the Presidency.
Perry. I've got to admit I love his idea of cutting congressional salaries and making them part time. Also starting his foreign aid budgets at zero. The problem is how is he going to accomplish this? The era of non-stop executive orders is treading on thin ice.
Paul. The campaign's Libertarian. Leaning toward the libertarian philosophy myself, less government, I applaud his tenacity. His foreign policy ideas, though, don't wash. It's always that foreign policy!
Santorum. Considering he spent a ton of time in Iowa and has made family values his bellwether issue, he hasn't caught on. I know what I'm not seeing, I wonder what the Iowans aren't seeing.
Bachmann was so hot out of the chute. Her strength would seem to be her congressional battles even though she doesn't win them. Her conversations with God through just about everyone may not sit well with others as well as myself.
Huntsman. Here's a candidate who has yet to really run except in New Hampshire. I have to wonder about the unfairness of our campaign funding laws that prevents one who could be in the top tier from being there because of a lack of start up money. He's banking on New Hampshire yet I haven't heard that he's expected to be among the top three. I'd not necessarily agree but I'd like to know the reason.
I don't take the flavor of the week seriously. It's showing me a very fickle electorate. What is it they want? Humor like Cain? Right wing conservatism? I hope not. Hindsight and what I did when...? More of the same only under a different banner? What?
It won't be long before those decisions have to be made and I get the feeling the electorate isn't at all ready. I know I'm not. That worries me.