- Posted August 11, 2012 by
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The Cornfield Standings - August 11th
Since coming out in support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on June 28th a lot has happened. I am still in support of Romney for election in November, but a change is warranted in Romney's Ear of Corn rating.
The choice was between President Barack Obama, the incumbent Democrat, and Romney, who are vying to answer the question, "Who's Running to Be My President".
This morning Romney announced his selection of House Budget Committee Chairman and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to be his choice as running mate and vice presidential nominee to confront the President and Vice President Joe Biden in November. This changes the tenure of the election and sets the stage for the nation to begin in earnest having a conversation on finding solutions to the fiscal quagmire of the nation and on how best to mend the safety nets needed for the elderly, disabled and most needy in our society.
I believe Ryan is the right choice to lead the way on that conversation as I noted here: Paul Ryan - The Right Choice for an Economic Conversation
I believe Romney's business accumen coupled with Ryan's financial acumen more suited to lead the nation over the rough economic seas which continue to rock the ship of state.
However, I am disconcerted with the tone of both campaigns and the utter lack of integrity and civilty both sides are showing. This is especially true with the ad wars being forced on American voters.
My consternation and disgust led me to file this report on Wednesday: Campaigns, Super PACs, Ads and Lies. The text version can be read here: http://fromthecornfield.com/blog1.php/ca mpaigns-super-pacs-ads-and and the video version here: http://irep ort.cnn.com/docs/DOC-826448
Romney - My Choice
4 Ears of Corn
Romney, 4 ears of corn, an increase of 2 ears. The reason I have increased Romney's standing is based on his choice of Ryan. Will Ryan live up to my expectations and will the nation begin focusing on the real issues of this campaign? I am betting that he will and the nation will be better for that conversation.
Romney has talked about his economic hopes and laid out a 5-point plan that is lacking substance. Romney must be more specific. The hope is that more details, more specifics and real discussion will now occur with the addition of Ryan to the ticket.
Romney, however, is still failing to corral members of the coalition that makes up the Republican Party. There is still a strong possibility the convention in Tampa Bay, starting on the 27th, will not be smooth sailing. There's potential for a revolt from the floor from Texas Congresman Dr. Ron Paul and his Liberty Movement. The tempest brewing in the tea pot from Tea Party members who have a strong affinity to former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin may have been averted with today's pick of Tea Party fave Ryan.
With the momentum of today's announcement, Romney must capitalize on the inertia and stay focused on the economy, jobs, the national debt and mending our safety nets to insure that not just the elderly, disabled and needy of today, but those of the future as well can live life with dignity.
Romney still needs to be much more commanding on peripheral issues such as reaching out more to Hispanics, GOP leaning GLBT members, and moving more to the center. Romney needs to be firm about distractions, be resolute in dismissing sideshows. As now the de facto leader of the Republican Party, Romney needs to rein in those high profile individuals to stay on message: the economy, jobs and the unsustainable debt. While he should not put muzzles on anyone nor expect all or anyone to all be on the same page as to his policies, shiny object distractions need to be hidden away not to see daylight.
Obama - No Longer A Choice
1 Ear of Corn
President Barack Obama stays at 1 ear of corn. With the distortions, the caught lies that the President seems to have no problem with Team Obama or the Super PAC, PrioritiesUSA, making on his behalf, it keeps his standing low. The President refuses to disavow such personal affronts such as the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid making patently false statements on the Senate floor, even when debunked and proven false. The President and his Team lie about not knowing anything about the story in the new ad that suggests that Romney is indirectly responsible for the death of a woman from cancer, even though the story was discussed on a conference call a couple of months ago. The President did not denounce a charge raised of commission of a felony that was unsubstantiated. The President won in 2008 proclaiming he was a different type of politician and to be the most transparent President in history. The reality has shown the current Administration one of the most secretive in history only bested by the failed presidency of Richard Nixon.
The President can still change my mind, though doubtful, between now and election day. As I have stated each week, the only way I can say a 2nd term for the President is if there are Republican majorities in Congress to provide adequate checks and balances. The President has once more been found to have mislead the American people by claiming that the Affordable Care Act would not raise taxes nor would it raise costs.
From the Cornfield, that's The Cornfield Standings for this 11th of August.
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