A discussion that began in the “Huckabee’s big announcement” post sparked some interest. A post from RobA about the fact that he liked Ron Paul on some issues, but disagreed with him on others, prompted this response from Troy LaMana:

“See, here is the biggest problem I see in elections. People are stuck in the herd mentality vote instead of voting for who they feel is the best candidate. The media perpetuates that group-think and you end up with a candidate that is the lesser of two evils.”

I can’t pretend to speak for the Dems, but no one on my team seems to believe that there is a best candidate and… wait for it… that has nothing to do with media driven perceptions. It has to do with the fact that there is no best candidate. This is why there is a movement to force a brokered convention and bring in a consensus candidate from the dark shadows of Washington. Not one to kiss and tell (oops bad analogy in DC), I will refrain from naming names, but it is not far fetched.

As I said in a previous post, I want to like Huck but some of his big government possibilities scare me. I’m not a social conservative – really more of a “leave us alone coalition” type – but Rudy certainly spooks the rank and file in the Bible belt wing. Mitt is too flip floppy and no one knows quite what they’ll get when the make-up comes off and it’s breakfast time. Tancredo is a one-issue crusader, Hunter is a solid conservative but scares people on trade, McCain blew it on campaign finance and immigration, and Alan Keyes… well…. Now who am I leaving out? Oh yes… Ron Paul.

I like Ron Paul on the Constitution, and he is a statesman, but those of us who are solid Constitutionalists and Federalists understand that the Federal government was designed to regulate interstate commerce and provide for the national defense. Most of us believe that, whether we got into Iraq for the right reasons or not, we need to win it and get out – not just get out (this is not meant to argue about whether the war is right, just, or scheduled to last forever so save those comments for my hate box).

It was interesting that, when he appeared on Jay Leno before the incredibly successful writer’s strike (zzzzz), he got huge applause for his small government statements but got a lukewarm reception on the war. He should change his focus a bit. Not his positions – just his focus. For those of us who care about such things, his international banking positions are out there as well.

So what all of this means is that the best candidate is a mix of the entire current crop and, because Christian Conservatives believe that cloning and DNA fusing experiments are wrong, that’s probably impossible without dragging someone else out.

Ron Paul Army… Discuss….