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Politics from the Kitchen Table

13 Dec

Politics from the Kitchen Table
by Marie Tbili

I’m what they call a swing voter–working middle-class mother of two in Ohio. After three years of the Obama Administration, I am interested to hear what the Republican candidates have to offer. And after following the primaries, I’ve concluded that if the GOP nominates Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney, they are not interested in winning.

Gingrich is smart and good debater. In fact, I agree with much of what he says. But Obama was also a good rhetorician, and the result are…?

We need a president who can deliver economically and politically.

Gingrich may well be able to do that. He can navigate the politics of Washington and manage the necessary backroom deals. He brings with him excellent political experience. I like him. But is he electable in general elections? The answer is no. Who is? Within the GOP, only Romney.

Romney is criticized for not being charismatic enough. Well, we have a very “charismatic” president now. Is it only charisma that we are looking for?

A parallel from history. The Soviet Union’s Michael Gorbachev was very charismatic, a good debater and talker. But he led to the dissolution of his own country and political system. He had good intentions and paved quite a road with them. Obama’s intentions are similarly pure. Somebody has yet to “succeed” in the manner of Gorbachev and only because we have a system of checks and balances it is harder to do. But anything is possible….

And precisely because anything–including the worst–is possible, we need a proper president like a doctor amid an epidemic. First we need remission, then healing.

Romney, as a hands-on businessman, can improve our country’s economy. He is in politics long enough to know how to navigate the system and his positions are not extreme, but balanced. His business friendly approach can attract business professionals and independent voters.

But will independents vote for Gingrich? The answer is no.

If I can see all this sitting at my kitchen table, watching TV and reading periodicals, how is it that GOP strategists cannot see all this?

Perhaps they do see this, and there’s a much wider strategy in play to pave the way for an unbeatable 2016 election.

Let’s look back. In 2008, Republicans had no chance of winning no matter who was running. After eight years of the Bush presidency, the country was ready for a change. The only question was, which Democrat was going to win. Change works both ways. Another four years of Obama, and the country will be ready to boot him out just the same. At that point, the GOP will have the seat waiting for their candidate of choice.

Will it be Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio? Maybe this is what the GOP strategy is!? And if they pick the unelectable Gingrich now, they will pave the way for just that. With the primary elections around the corner, it will not take long to find out.

The author is solely responsible for views expressed.  Marie Tbili can be reached at MarieTbili@gmail.com.

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