There’s been a big deal made about how weak the GOP field is for president and how no one is particularly exciting people right now. Is that actually important at all?
I mean, how do you think the 2012 election is going to play out? “Wow! We sure love Obama! The Republican candidate better be exciting if he wants us to vote for him.” Obama is just sucking it up to an epic degree, and the 2012 elections are going to be referendum how horrible he is. You don’t need an exciting candidate, you just need some other guy. And if he’s boring, all the better. After the hope and change catastrophe, people are just going to want someone semi-competent and predictable. Right now, Obama is exciting people the way a car with its brakes cut excites people. So it doesn’t matter if the alternative is boring. What would people choose if given the choice between a Ferrari that’s on fire and careening out of control or a nice, safe, boring Toyota Camry?
You really just can’t underestimate how Obama’s suckiness is going to factor into the election. Any good campaign strategy is just going to remind people over and over just how horrible Obama has been, and then at the end point to the Republican candidate — doesn’t matter who he is — and say, “This guy is not Obama, so it’s pretty unlikely he’ll be that awful.” Frankly, I think one of the best candidates right now is Tim Pawlenty. I don’t anything about him other than that he’s really boring, and that’s what we need right now. Because what is exciting? Spending bills bigger than imagination is exciting. A takeover of health care no one wanted is exciting. Debt spiraling out of control is exciting. An economy teetering on the edge is exciting. I think people are really ready for boring now.