The 2012 Presidential campaign has begun, but I won’t say it’s “heating up” as the slate of candidates could not be more predictable or less inspiring. After last week’s GOP debate, I wonder why those events are still referred to as debates … the whole thing is canned, and more often than not the candidates don’t really answer the question posed to them. I have to give Congressman Ron Paul credit for being straight with his answers in these events and in interviews he has given.
As the 2008 Presidential campaign was the reason I started this blog – supporting Governor Mike Huckabee – I decided to take a quick look at what I learned as a blogger during the 2008 campaign.
- I am not a one-issue voter, but the candidate I support must first and foremost believe and support that life is the foundational right for the born and the unborn. Without this (and not just lip-service), I will not support a candidate.
- Straw polls are meaningless, both at actual events and online.
- A candidate raising a lot of money or having a lot of their own money to pour into a campaign does not equate to victory. According to OpenSecrets:
- Mike Huckabee raised $16 million
- Ron Paul raised $34 million
- Mitt Romney raised $107 million
- Governor Huckabee went a long way on $16 million. Money alone won’t bring victory, but if the right candidate doesn’t have a lot of money, it will be tough to win.
- Big media outlets (CNN, Fox News, etc) are neither fair nor balanced – their agendas are not even cleverly disguised anymore. Unfortunately, the voting public are like sheep and base their votes on whatever soundbite they hear most often.
- One person, OneMom – can be heard, and can make a difference. While I haven’t found a candidate for 2012, I’ll keep looking and I will keep supporting candidates who stand for life, for homeschooling, for smaller government, and for the other values that are most important to me and my family.