It turns out that a GOP “caucus” was really just a place where confused Republicans stood around, made small talk and checked their watches every few minutes. Of course, it was just a generally confusing time. Gas prices were soaring. The bottom was falling out of the real estate market. Casualties from the war in Iraq were mounting. Furthermore, the leader of the GOP had a wistful, possibly drug-induced smirk on his face and was busy signing anything that came across his desk. Not only did he authorize the bail out of banker billionaires, you have to wonder if he also might have pre-authorized the future cruise missile strikes by Obama against Libya in order to start World War III in the Middle East.
Anyway, the Great Caucus is on its way again. This time, Nevada will play a much more prominent role in the selection of a Republican presidential candidate.
In 2012, after Iowa and New Hampshire, we’ll get another shot at this open, honest forum of debate and discussion with our neighbors. We might even want to look at these veteran caucus states for inspiration. Cable news footage has shown scenes of lively political conversation in country living rooms in both states. They’re used to it and even seem to revel in the experience. After all, the Iowa caucus results were exciting enough to make Howard Dean scream like a prepubescent girl at her first Justin Bieber concert. The real draw, of course, is the unpredictable results. There always is the chance of an upset or a surprise winner who might set off a chain reaction through all the subsequent caucuses, primaries and even the national election.
The journalistic powers that be are trying to crash the party before it begins with rampant predictions of a Romney sweep because of our state’s prevalent Mormon population. Party poopers. Who wouldn’t want to see Sarah Palin let out a spirited yell and possibly even fire her moose rifle into the air? Since when doesn’t Nevada like a good party? Although, I do remember a few folks in 2008 with Mitt Romney “#1” foam fingers. I might have to join in the fun and don a Donald Trump toupee in 2012.
In 2008, just over two and a half times more Nevada Democrats showed up to choose which candidate would defeat the Republicans in retaliation for big bad George W. Bush’s debt-multiplying, aisle-dividing, warring ways. Good thing the new guy didn’t follow in his predecessor’s exact footsteps.
Thankfully the GOP has exciting new potential candidates who would certainly never appear more pawn than presidential, such as Mitt “Obamacare for Massachusetts” Romney, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.
Perhaps it’s time to bet on a candidate with a track record of business success and uncensored opinions on how to get America out of this mess, and all without a political talking points filter over his mouth. Someone with the guts to bring a little “reality” to Washington. Maybe it’s time we stopped bowing to our enemies and admitting that, even with their economic stranglehold on our country and choice of anti-American propaganda piano songs at the White House, China is “not our friend” (in the words of Trump).
How long will the unemployment lines grow, the deficit climb, our troops get stretched thin and our country endure this downhill slide before someone has the guts to take the gloves off and get serious? Sometimes it seems like the politicians on both sides of the aisle are two heads of the same monster that needs to be slain.
A controversial, uncensored, reality TV show star millionaire on the ballot might be exactly what we need to inject some of that Iowa exuberance into our 2012 caucus. Four years after our first attempt, we’ve learned that “change” isn’t always good, protests are en vogue, foreclosure is rampant and many of us are trying to make ends meet and put food on the table as even Wal-Mart foresees a coming “roll forward” of prices due to inflation. Our new reality and impending future should be enough to stimulate lively discussions with our neighbors to find a solution for America – even without the foam fingers.
Christine Whitmarsh is the owner of local writing firm Christine, Ink. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.