American Elephants

Herman Cain Announces a Run for the Presidency. by The Elephant's Child

Herman Cain, former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza is an American businessman, political activist, columnist and radio host from Georgia.  He is a former deputy chairman and chairman of the civilian board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He worked for the Department of the Navy in ballistics.  He has a BA in Mathematics (someone who can do math is really welcome) and a Master of Science in computer science from Purdue. He is the author of four books.

He began as a business analyst for Coca-Cola, joined Pillsbury and rose to vice president.  As president-elect of the National Restaurant Association he challenged the Clinton health care plan, it’s employer mandate and effect on small businesses. He has addressed more than 40 Tea Party rallies, and is a favorite of many Tea Party members.  He urges a non-federally subsidized stimulus of permanent tax cuts. He’s an excellent speaker, and an immensely likeable candidate.

The media is anxious to declare this a quarrelsome race in a disorganized Republican party. It is more than a year-and-a-half  before the next election. The fact that President Obama has already started his full-time campaign doesn’t make the Republicans disorganized nor the Obama campaign propitious.  But then Obama has always liked campaigning and raising money more than actually working.

Tim Pawlenty’s Campaign Announcement by The Elephant's Child

Tim Pawlenty will announce his campaign for the office of President of the United States on Monday.  He has been a successful Republican governor of Minnesota for two terms, in a state where the Minnesota Democratic Farm-Labor Party  has been dominant.

He served on the Eagan City Council, in the Minnesota House of Representatives,  was reelected five times, and became House Majority Leader when the Republicans became the majority party in the Legislature in 1998.

In an era of disastrous state budget problems, Pawlenty has done well, and received an ‘A’ grade from the Cato Institute’s ranking of governors. He has been forthright about his mistakes — everybody makes some — and simply said he was wrong  when he signed on to the Center for Climate Strategies seductive global warming campaign. He served as chairman of the National Governors Association.

Wikipedia’s article on Pawlenty has many holes, which will surely be filled in promptly as he becomes a presidential candidate.  He is a conservative Republican with a significant record of accomplishment, and an important candidate.

Mitch Daniels is Not Running. Dang! by The Elephant's Child

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has announced that he is not running for the Presidency.  I’m very disappointed.

He had the most outstanding resume of any candidate so far. He served as on the mayoral staff of Richard Lugar, then when Lugar was elected to the Senate, as his Chief of Staff. Then Executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  He served as an advisor to President Reagan, then became President and CEO of the Hudson Institute.  He became Senior Vice President for Strategy at Eli Lilly, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the George W. Bush administration, and has been a very successful two term Governor of Indiana.

His wife and four daughters are opposed to a presidential run, and Governor Daniels is putting his family before politics. A presidential run not only takes a potential nine-year commitment, but the venom and constant public eye are hard on a family. The Daniels family had a hiccup in their marriage, when Mrs. Daniels left for another man,divorced, married, divorced, and remarried Mitch Daniels within a very short period. A painful episode for a family, and bait for unending speculation and gossip.

You might read a bit about his resume to compare with that of other potential candidates. We’ve had three years of disaster with someone with only a pretend resume and no real experience. There’s a big difference between having a couple of titles, and having a large number of actual accomplishments.

Can’t say I blame him for rejecting the opportunity. He would have been a good president. I wish him well.

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