The man who would have been the obvious choice to have the GOP nomination in 2012 was Mark Sanford, former governor of South Carolina. His affair ended his chances at higher office (although somehow Newt Gingrich's multiple affairs haven't ended his chances). Mark Sanford would have given us executive experience, business experience, legislative experience and would have avoided the Mormon religion issues that are the real reason that many people hate Mitt Romney. If he had not had that affair, I might have supported him from the beginning. Either way, he'd be close to 700 delegates now and we wouldn't be having this argument.
A weaker choice would have been George Allen of Virginia. His background isn't as strong as some others, but he has executive experience as governor of Virginia. If he hadn't used a racial slur against a member of Jim Webb's staff, maybe he could have pulled out the win in 2006. In that case, he might have been a viable candidate this year.
I remember the George Allen hit job by the media. That really was a load of macaca against, by all accounts, a decent man with a lot to offer the nation.
When the media goes after someone that visciously, it is always out of fear and the need to neutralize them politically. I wish that American voters would wise up to that strategy and push back with their votes.
It was a real shame to see someone with the potential of Mark Sanford self destruct the way he did. I wonder, in retrospect, if he believes it was worth it.
I wish I shared your view of Mitt Romney. He has shown himself to be a viscious person without regard for the truth during this campaign. I’m not convinced that being a CEO translates, necessarily, to the Presidency. There is so much to clean up and Undo that the work ahead is going to be a daunting task for anyone.
I think there is some truth in this claim, but there are also Mormon-friendly states like AZ, NV, ID, WY, and possibly IL and to a lesser extent OR, HI, NM, MT, CO, and CA.