Reflections on the Republican Nomination Process

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Let’s just admit it.  We have a pretty stupid process of choosing the Republican nominee.  The Democrats’ process is even more fouled up and overcomplicated, but at least they don’t have to go through with it this time around.  We Republicans, on the other hand, are stuck with a terrible process for choosing the best person to face off against President Obama.

First off, I’d like to know why Iowa and New Hampshire deserve to be first.  Do they have higher IQs?  Are they better judges of character?  Did God grant them the first Caucuses and Primaries just as he gave the Israelites their homeland?  I don’t think so.  These two small states are not representative of the country and do not deserve to be first in line just because they have laid claim to it.

The caucus system in Iowa gives a few thousand people way too much influence over the process, with non-Republicans registering as Republicans at the door just so they could vote  for Romney and Paul.  In New Hampshire, moderate and liberal-leaning independents made up much of Hunstman’s support, with anti-conservative and libertarian-leaning independents making up much of Paul’s support.

Next I’d like to know where it says in the Constitution that we need to have so many debates.  This process has become a media-driven affair, with pundits everywhere taking the opportunity to create juicy stories, use them to attack the candidates, and then declare that Obama is unbeatable.

First, it was Michele Bachmann’s migraines.  Then Rick Perry’s rock with the N-word.  Next, it was Herman Cain sexually harassing women, although POLITICO couldn’t go into details or explain why all the accusations came from the same short period of time when he was at an organization that now employs a friend of Obama’s close advisor David Axelrod.

Soon after Cain’s collapse, we heard about Newt Gingrich’s past indiscretions, personal and political, which sunk him in Iowa in large part because of some dishonest advertising from Romney-supporting and Paul-supporting Super PACs.  Then we were bombarded with news about Rick Santorum’s alleged misdeeds thanks to Ron Paul, his mischievous supporters, and anti-family bigots.

Now it’s Romney’s activities as CEO of Bain Capital, a private equity firm that bought up struggling companies and provided seed money for startups, creating and saving tens of thousands of jobs in the process.  Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are both taking a page out of the Saul Alinsky playbook in going after Romney with dishonest and disgusting attacks against his role in free-market capitalism.

The media, meanwhile, are all too eager to play along.  Am I the only one getting tired of all this nonsense?  If I hear another elitist rant against the GOP candidates vomited forth from the mouths of Joe Scarborough or Mike Brzezinski, I’m going to puke.

This circus of a process, fueled by the media, only serves to benefit Obama and hurt Republicans.  The GOP contenders are openly encouraged to attack each other by spending millions of dollars that should be spent against Obama; Meanwhile, most voters are getting disenchanted with a group of candidates much stronger than the Morning Joe freak show would have you believe.

The winner in all of this might be Rick Santorum, who has most-effectively adhered to Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment more than any other candidate.  Thou shall not attack another Republican, said Reagan, but the elite media never cared for Reagan or his ideas, so their cheering on of Republican-on-Republican violence is not surprising.

So much is at stake in 2012.  America must choose between the failed, big government policies of Barack Obama, with an emphasis on collectivism, or a new vision of American exceptionalism, free-market prosperity, and limited government, with an emphasis on individual liberty.

Despite the process, let’s nominate a winner, whoever that might be.  The Obamanation has gone on long enough.

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About Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib, a junior at American University, is President of AU College Republicans.
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