The Uninteresting Interesting Election with the Decidedly Undecided Voters Which May Get Us an Adorable Unworshipped President
This election season is both uninteresting and interesting. It is uninteresting because the candidates have not succeeded in creating much enthusiasm (which in return invariably creates hot rebuke from quickly forming opposing camps and it’s time to pop the corn), and it is interesting because the election patterns show that, while the masses may be stupid, their behaviour often reflects the wisdom of the individuals. Voters so far have refused to settle with one candidate, they are taking their time to make up their minds, curtesy of the simple fact that none of the candidates is really convincing.
From the French Cowboy’s perspective, it is appears that all the candidates have some strong points, but none of them is a great overall package. The ideal candidate would have a mix of a few of the characteristics from each of the four remaining contestants. I feel bad for the conservative voters who are facing a choice between good, but not great, options when more than one superb potential candidate out there has decided not to join the race. But there is hope that a candidate who has failed to wow the crowds during his campaign may still become a fantastic president. After the Obama cult of 2008, maybe a no-superstar candidate and president is a good thing.
It is ironic, though, that we are headed to end up with the nomination being won by the candidate with the smallest share of really ardent supporters. Among the Romney voters there must be a large number of strategic voters who don’t think he’s necessarily a great pick except for the strongest likelihood of him winning against Obama in the general election. Voters who have given their vote to one of the other candidates did so because they actually think their man should become the nominee: it’s more a signal than a vote cast with the desire to further a certain outcome.
From a utalitarian perspective you have to wonder whether the benefit derived from Romney’s nomination gratifies his voters to an extent that can compensate the loss experienced by those who wanted to see another person win the nomination. Ultimately this will probably depend on whether Romney as the GOP presidential nominee succeeds in beating Obama this November.
Chances for that to happen may be better than for the alternative scenarios in which Santorum wins (and then may get beaten into the “Bible-thumping misogynist racist” corner before you can say “liberal media”) or Gingrich (who has lived long enough and deep enough in the DC swamps to necessarily have sceletons in the closet waiting for discovery and exploitation) or Paul (if he became president, at least caricaturists would have a field day for the entirety of his tenure).
While the Republican side is marinating in decided undecidedness, Obama is gearing up his campaign efforts. It’s a good thing when Obama goes out to talk to his stupid-rich donors (you may decide for yourself if there was a pun intended): he is bound to talk from his heart much more than when he is aware of addressing all of the public and that’s when the most telling quotes are created. Obama gets nasty and repulsive when he’s in campaign mode.
The French Cowboy really appreciates Mark Steyn’s little research on who exactly the President made fun of during a recent event (even though that was not one of his “Let them eat brioche”-style donor soirées). President Obama’s perspective on innovation is based on the arrogant conviction that he can predict the quasi Darwinian process for inventions with virtual certainty, while those who are not convinced that algae are the solution to today’s soaring oil prices cannot. “I know and you don’t” is this president’s leitmotiv.
To get relief from this continuous display of arrogance, presumably any replacement for the current president will do. To achieve a positive cure from it, however, the next president’s qualitites will have to be more outstanding. But, again, since receiving the unconditional adoration of masses of voters has been proven to be no guarantee for presidential skills, maybe a president who does not get carried into the White House by a wave of religious admiration will turn out to be the one we have been waiting for.