Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

State of the Republican Presidential Candidate Race

The 2012 presidential election isn’t until November 6, but the race to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate has been in full swing for some time. It’s been an interesting race to say the least. Potential candidates, such as Texas Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Representative Michelle Bachman, Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr., and businessman Herman Cain, have dropped out of the running. There hasn’t been anyone who has emerged as the clear-cut winner, although most people are pointing to Mitt Romney as the most likely person to win the nomination. Some people would argue that the reason why the race has been so interesting is because it’s also been a bit of a train wreck. It seems like nearly every one of the Republican candidates has said or done something that has hurt his chances in the race, causing some pundits to declare that all they have done is ensure that President Barack Obama will keep the office for another four years. Others have pointed to the increasingly large divide between Democrats and Republicans as well as the one between liberals and the far-right conservatives in the Tea Party. No matter the reason, this election has given political science majors much to talk about.
As the Republican primaries wind down and the national convention approaches, here is a look at the Republican presidential candidates who are still in the running. We’ll take a brief look at where they are in the polls and if they have a good chance of earning the Republican nomination and running against President Obama.

  • Mitt Romney – Mitt Romney is currently the front-runner in the race and the one most experts believe will win the Republican nomination. Recent polls even show that he can beat Obama in the presidential election if he wins the nomination. His position in the race isn’t a lock, however; Rick Santorum has been making waves as a more conservative candidate after wins in Southern states such as Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Still, Romney seems to be the one most likely to win the candidacy and even the one most likely to win the election in November as long as he sticks to his guns on the economy and unemployment, areas in which he seems the most knowledgeable.
  • Rick Santorum – At first glance, Santorum seems to be in a distant second place to Romney, but he has been closing that gap thanks to caucus victories in the South. The former Pennsylvania senator has never been shy about expressing his opinions on healthcare; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights; abortion; and his own religious beliefs, something that has arguably hurt his chances in this race. His popularity has grown quite a bit since he declared that he is running, but it may not be enough to win the nomination from Romney and he seems too divisive to win the presidency from Obama.
  • Newt Gingrich – After a 13-year absence from mainstream politics, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich managed to raise $32 million in 2009 and 2010 for his campaign. This is more than all of the other Republican candidates currently in the race. He is known for thinking outside of the box and has a good grasp on most of the issues, but controversy surrounding his personal life hasn’t exactly endeared him to the general public. He is currently in third place behind Santorum and, while his chances of winning the nomination seem slim, he hasn’t given up yet.
  • Ron Paul – Ron Paul may be a long shot in this campaign, but he is clearly not without his supporters. These supporters have been spreading his Tea Party-influenced views on liberty, financial market reform and human rights with the hopes of presenting him as the candidate who shuns regular politics as usual and is more in touch with the American people.

These are the remaining presidential candidates in the race to secure the Republican nomination. Romney looks like the probably nominee at this point, but there is still some time for that to change.
If you would like to learn more about the election process or even pursue a career in politics or as a political analyst, consider enrolling in a political science degree program from an online college. It has always been an interesting field of study and, with today’s political landscape, it’s become especially fascinating.

Sources

republican-candidates.org (2012)

PresidentialElection.com (2012)

by guest: Leslie Branch

March 28, 2012 Posted by | political races, Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

Do it NOW….

Nobody Cares

To my readers:

I haven’t really missed too many days since I’ve been writing, have I? But today…I just couldn’t muster myself to talk about Sheila Jackson, or any of the news. I mention her name because she was saying that the ‘nose’ is a delicate bone and you can break it real easy. Really absurd. And she resides in Congress! A woman who wouldn’t know a broken nose if she saw one.

Sometime early this morning, I was outside raking up dead leaves from underneath my gigantic bushes, when Alex, a 14-year-old neighbor boy that I know very well, was walking by and told me that his grandmother had died. Now, grandmothers die all the time, but this lady was not exactly old. She was in fact, a wee bit younger than me. I had known her for a long, long time, because our boys grew up together.

These last few years were very rough on her: All three of her boys gave her trouble. The youngest one she lost one night, downtown St. Louis several years ago when a black man at a stop light pull out a gun and shot him in the face. He died instantly. (He was white..funny..Obama said nothing.)

At the same time that happened, Sue (her name) was raising her oldest child’s son because her son and his girlfriend just didn’t want the responsibility and cost of Alex. When Sue got laid off as a teacher, it was extremely hard on the family because she was making the most money in the family. Her husband was a hairdresser and business has been very slow. Still they became Alex’s parents and Alex was loved and seemed to except all the messed up things happening in his life with a shrug.

Sad…She evidently died of a blood clot in her lung.

I was thinking today, how I had meant to go down to visit her…bring her some cheer after she lost her job, but…I just never did. She was upset because the school that she taught at wanted to get rid of all the white teachers…because the schools is 70 percent black. They wanted black teachers for the black kids. Reverse prejudice…I’d guess you’d call it.

Being as she was a teacher, we had completely different views on most things, but she was a very sweet lady and trying her best to raise Alex and keep her other sons out of trouble. They got into drugs in high school, and never got off.

Every day there was never enough time, and I should have made time. Too many times we say, ” Oh…I need to call so and so” and we just go about our lives and then if something’s happens, you know you will never get the chance to see that person, or hear their laugh ever again. This is the second time in my life that I have done this, and it’s going to be the last.

After Alex had told me that “grandma” had died, he said his mother was really upset. Jesus. If his real ‘mother’ had not abandoned him to the grandmother, maybe the grandmother would have had a lot less stress.

Well you know, we all have these things happen in our lives, it’s just disconcerting, and I guess I’m just in a small state of “it’s a full moon” and the wolves are howling.

So, I just didn’t feel like even giving a damn about the state of affairs in the country right now. Tomorrow I promise to get back on my usual track.

And…really…to all that read this…thanks for listening, and go call that person you’ve been meaning to say hello too…Take it from me, you’ll regret it if you don’t.

March 28, 2012 Posted by | black violence, Life, teachers | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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