Whatever happened to the Grand Old Party?
I tend to vote for those who I think will be best qualified at the time to solve the current problems of our country. So I have on occasion voted in Republicans.
The people put forth this time by the GOP seem all underqualified to lead this country. Mitt Romney was seen as an unelectable opportunist four years ago. Newt Gingrich was already done in in the 1990s after his government shutdown debacle and his philandering. Ron Paul participates just out of habit, not expecting to be elected. And Rick Santorum, the Catholic arch-conservative, does not project stature at all.
They all seem candidates who do not convince through their own personal strength but rather through the weakness of the others. It is a mudfight among them, fuelled by millions of negative advertising.
Where in the GOP are those informed thinkers who in the past put out their economic liberalism and their religious conservatism in a sane, rational way? The party seems to have degenerated into a mix of far-right cacophony. I will stay far away from it this election.