More on Dream Candidates

E.D. Kain:

To be quite honest, all these dream candidates people keep swooning over – Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, etc. – aren’t all that much different than Romney. Governors, somewhat more moderate than the vanguard of the conservative movement. The big difference is that they have no organization, they aren’t on any ballots, and they don’t have any money raised.

So let’s please quit it with the pining over things that will never be: Gingrich will never be president, nor will Ron Paul. None of these Republican “dream” candidates will live up to their dream status and they couldn’t get into the race at this point anyways. Once-dream-candidate Rick Perry was always just a more boring, less charming George W Bush. Romney is the best Republican remaining in the race – at least if the GOP wants to win this thing.


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  1. E.D. Kain says:

    I think you mean “Heh. Indeed.” Thanks for the link!

  2. @E.D. Kain: Actually, I was going to put indeed2 but was having a formatting issue and just left it as is.

    And: you are certainly welcome.