I like Michelle Bachmann. I believe her to be an intelligent member of Congress who has worked hard to impede obama’s destruction of this country. I also believe that the Republican nominee for President must not carry any unnecessary baggage into the debates with, the most likely the democratic nominee, obama who is overloaded with baggage (UNLESS democrats COME THEIR SENSES AND REJECT HIM WHICH IS UNLIKELY). Unlike most of the other Republican nominees, Bachmann has made statements that have made her look foolish, such as her historical/geographical errors concerning both Paul Revere and the American Revolution. Although innocuous , her calling for birthday cheers for Elvis Presley on the anniversary of his death, was another example of being unprepared. After the debate on Tuesday where she justifiably challenged Rick Perry on his mandate for an immunization to protect teen age girls from cervical cancer in Texas, she went on television and reported a conversation she had with a woman in the audience whose teen age girl did receive the Gardisil vaccine. Bachmann heard the woman’s tale of her daughter developing “brain damage or mental retardation” after the immunization, decided it was factual and ran with it without investigating whether there was any truth to the assertion. The vaccine which is intended to protect against Human papilloma virus, has been reported to have, as an unwanted side effect, an illness called Guillain Barre. This illness can involve mainly the lower extremities and be associated with weakness and fatigue and headache. As a physician, none of my patients ever had anything that resembled mental retardation, brain damage or permanent disability. Nevertheless I never accepted the pharmaceutical company’s suggestion that all females over twelve receive it, not did I ever contemplate, also as suggested, giving it to adolescent boys. It was my position to offer ALL of the pros and cons associated with the vaccine and let the parent make the decision whether their adolescent girl received it or not. These choices should not be up to government, since we as free Americans still have the right to make our own choices. (at least in some instances).
We all are impressed with the fact that Ms. Bachmann has raised 5 children of her own and have fostered, I believe 25 others, but we also are tired of hearing about it. I am just as tired of hearing about how many jobs Rick Perry created in Texas. Perry also has issues regarding how he deals with illegal aliens in his state regarding schooling. The Republican nominee had better come up with some new fresh ideas such as Cain has put forth. The Republican nominee must come up with an answer to the young boy’s question…”how much money do you think I am entitled to keep from my paycheck?” Huntsman’s response was ridiculous and did not answer the question. Huntsman should take his motor cycle and go for an extended ride and not participate in any more debates. I would think Utah is happy he is gone. Ron Paul has some good ideas but most are impractical regarding national defense and his position regarding Iran. If every base were to be closed just think of the ill effect it would have on all communities that depend upon them. Could the fleets in Norfolk or San Diego be closed without destroying the economy of those cities? If all members of the military were to be brought home, what jobs would they return to, and what further effect would his have on our 9.1% unemployment? Rick Santorum seems like a nice guy, but I am not totally certain why he is running for President. That leaves Romney and Gingrich, since despite his good ideas and sense of humor, he, sadly is not electable. Rick Perry is too far to the right to compete with the presidential looking Romney who, as a moderate has the best shot. I do not believe that his health care imposition on Massachusetts will be a factor since unlike obamacare it impacted a small percentage of the population. Newt Gingrich is the most intelligent of the batch, but is not electable since he carries a lot of baggage.
Now, who might be waiting in the wings for a last-minute run? Ron Johnson is an unknown and will remain so. Governor Christie has rejected the idea and I believe him. Rudy Giuliani is a nice guy but, too much baggage and not electable. McCain is over the hill. This leaves Sarah Palin whom I believe most woman will reject. Palin’s involvement should continue as an outsider looking in. She would make a good Secretary of the Interior or Energy unless the latter is removed as a cabinet post as it should be in my opinion. Unless there is some radical change, I think the Republican nominee will be Mitt Romney with a vast list of Vice Presidential choices.