A 'Flawed' GOP Field vs. A Flawed President

It's nearly impossible to hear or read about the prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidates without the nasty F word being mentioned. No -- not that word. Flawed. All the 2012 GOP challengers are continuously dismissed in the media. It’s like little laser beams are focused on each ostensibly fatal flaw, blinding voters to the totality of the candidate’s career and achievements:

  • In 2006, then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed mandatory health care legislation -- which, as the story goes, is the basis for Obamacare. POLICY: FLAWED!

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is on his third wife -- and his two prior divorces were not family friendly. ETHICS: FLAWED!

  • Two-term Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is a former lobbyist -- and, as a teenager, was more interested in watching girls than in remembering Martin Luther King’s speech in his home town. CHARACTER: FLAWED!

  • Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels suggested to the party base that the next president would need to call a “truce” on social issues to focus on economic ones and he is several inches under 6 feet tall. SOCIALLY and PHYSICALLY FLAWED!

  • Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is charisma challenged -- allegedly way too boring and way too nice. PERSONALITY: FLAWED!

  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s record raises red flags -- he raised some taxes and commuted the sentence of a prisoner who years later murdered four policemen in Washington state. RECORD: FLAWED! And now with Huckabee’s latest “Obama was raised in Kenya controversy,” he is flawed by the prevailing media…. forever.

  • Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is -- well, let's say too polarizing for a general election. ELECTABILITY: FLAWED!

The mainstream media wants you all to believe all the potential Republican candidates are too flawed to defeat President Obama. As if President Obama is not too flawed to win!

Whether flaws are overlooked or accentuated greatly depends on the party from which the candidate hails. What the 2008 election proved -- through the elevation of a man to the highest office in the land with the thinnest resume and least executive experience ever -- is that anyone can get elected president, if the press chooses to overlook that candidate’s flaws.

Republican candidates will be judged in the media by vastly different standards than Barack Obama. Once one of them has at last secured the nomination, he or she will be pummeled while Obama will get a pass for his policies and how he comports himself as president. And the preparation for that howler of a pass is all happening now:

  • On Thursday, February 24th, Libya, along with the rest of the Arab world, was in turmoil. Hundreds of American diplomats, whose lives were in danger as potential hostages, had not yet been evacuated from Libya. The State Department was working 24/7, but the ferry they sent had not been able to leave shore for two long days with passengers aboard. What does our president do? He throws a party! Yes -- a rockin' Motown celebration at the White House featuring Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and other celebs, with Obama looking and sounding more like a modern day Emperor Nero fiddling while Libya burned, gas prices spiked, and the lives of American Embassy workers hung in the balance.

Was the White House concerned that images of Obama dancing and grooving on that tenuous evening would perhaps send the wrong signal to the nation and the world? Of course not! After all,  Obama was honoring Black History Month for a televised show on PBS.