Monday, January 23, 2012

A little friendly advice for Republican delegates

Dear Republican delegates,
A little friendly advice, since it seems like many of you want to actually have a Republican president in office again.  I realize there are many of you out there who don't want a Mormon president, no matter what.  But you should ask yourselves -- are you willing to lose the election over it?

As all the pundits are saying, Gingrich seems to be collecting votes from anyone who doesn't want a Mormon president.  But imagine Gingrich against Obama.  Gingrich is much less TV-friendly (let's face it, he's not particularly good-looking) and already, criticisms of his handling of his personal life and moral behavior are coming under question.  In addition, Gingrich's politics are far right, which doesn't usually play well in the main presidential election where voters tend to lean moderate instead of extreme.  Next to our smooth, family-man, progressive incumbent president, I don't think Gingrich will end up the victor.

Romney, on the other hand, is relatively good-looking and has already established himself as moderate in the sense that he is conservative on some issues and liberal on others.  Such a moderate platform will appeal more to the general public, who drives the electoral college.

So if your top priority is to not have a Mormon as president, go with Gingrich, and get ready for an Obama re-election.  If you want a Republican in office, though, Romney's your man as far as I can tell.  Don't let prejudice prevent you from achieving your main goal.


(Just in case you're wondering where I'm coming from, I'm not affiliated with any party, but have generally conservative leanings on many domestic issues.)

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