cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
I wanted to see Gov. Perry hit a home run last evening, but, even with the little I saw coupled with the pundits telling me what they saw, I was disappointed. I’ll watch the full debate later today, but I suspect I’ll not be able to find anything that dissuades me from believing that he fell short of my hopes and expectations.
Where this takes us conservatives I’m not at all sure. Even though Ron Paul has that never-to-be-discounted group that keeps him alive poll-wise, I don’t think the country is ready for that brand of libertarianism. I’m not sure that Michelle Bachman can gain enough ground to be back in the fight against Romney. I don’t know if Herman Cain can pull closer. I don’t, at this point, see any of the others being able to close the gap.
Am I going to be, once again, relegated to voting for a person who is better than the opponent but still not as conservative as I’d like. It is possible given the opponent that needs to be retired after this one term. We need a new President.
Or, is it possible that some other dark horse conservative will emerge? Might a Paul Ryan yet be convinced and, if he were, how would he fare? He seems to have the opponent’s number in most of the encounters that have happened between those two people. Who else is out there that might be convinced and who might mount a significant campaign?
Maybe enough conservatives will make it into the Senate and maybe the House will stay conservative. That would help move a middle-of-the-road Republican more to the conservative side of things.
On the other hand, maybe I was simply hoping for too much. I have experience with that.
Color me disappointed.