It seemed like a bit of a long shot going into 2011. No president had been re-elected with unemployment at 10% . Barack Obama was in a tough spot as President in 2011. His healthcare package was under fire from various states who were taking it to the Supreme Court and the jobless rate was still high for the country. It seemed like that Obama was gonna be lucky to get a 2nd term. Because if you follow politics , if a President is around as a country is in a recession , the odds they survive is pretty low. George Bush himself lost in 1992 when the country was deep in a recession.
Of course the Democrats had Bill Clinton and he re-energized a party that was sorely lacking then. Clinton was a young 40ish guy who suddenly exploded on the scene as Governor of Arkansas. He was jokingly a southern bubba but people latched to him and even the youth vote seemed to follow Clinton. Bush never realized how bad he came across on a Rock the Vote when he refused to let the kids interview him or follow him like Clinton did. Its no shock with the slumping economy Bush would lose.
Now this is where the Republicans needed a star. They needed a Reagan type. As much as the party revers Reagan and his policies , they needed someone like him to re-energize the party. Of course the field they would have would be some of the biggest losers and bat shit insane people known to man. Sarah Palin wisely realized people would never vote for her. Because they viewed her as a friggen nutcase who spent one year fighting a cartoon and David Letterman. So she backed out.
The same couldn't be said of Michelle Bachmann who felt she could win this. Picture a dumber version of Palin. At one point in her campaign , Bachmann went to Waterloo , Iowa and declared that as the home of John Wayne she believed in his beliefs. What no one realized in the campaign (least of all Bachmann) was that Waterloo , Iowa was not the home of the famous western actor John Wayne. No... it was home of mass murder John Wayne Gacy. It was so silly that people laughed for weeks . Bachmann's campaign never regained its momentum.
Rick Perry himself had a chance at the brass Republican ring. As some claimed he was a dumber version of George W. Bush. In one debate Perry forgot what 5 groups he would close in government and the ones debating him had to help him guess. It was a comical spot shown a lot. But the real death of Perry's campaign came in the fall when he was supposed to do a speech. Instead the guy got up and did a drunken filled speech laughing. People were stunned , critics were laughing and the supporters started to leave. Perry's campaign folded up soon after , even when he shot a horrible ad proclaiming how he would stop the evil gays and save Christmas for everyone.
Newt Gingrich himself was up to bat next. Gingrich himself was an old politician and now sensed he could grab the brass ring. Of course Gingrich himself wasn't perfect as he was married 3 times and had left one wife when she had cancer. But the Republicans were ready to ignore that. They wanted someone to beat Obama and he was perfect. Well...he was perfect til he gave a speech claiming he would go to the NAACP and tell them to get off the welfare and food stamps. This enraged people to a degree and Gingrich lost as well. (At last check Gingrich wisely decided against going to the NAACP)
Rick Santorum was the next one crowned as the potential champ. Santorum himself was deeply religious and hated the gays with a passion. He would sprout horrible facts like ...65% of gay families are bad and kids should stay with parents who end up in jails. As bad as his kooky facts was , what cost Santorum was his bat shit insane beliefs that people shouldn't go to college. That this was wrong and "snobbish" .
The final real contender was Mitt Romney. The moderate Republican from Massachusetts. Romney had even passed his own version of Obamacare. So of course he had some issues. But the party needed someone who A) Wasn't fucking nuts B) Could win the middle ground voters. So Romney won.
Once he won the Nomination Romney of course started to change. Before this to get the nomination , he would do the one thing he shouldn't have. He tried to appeal and win the Tea Party vote. The Tea Party itself had ran itself thin as the groups so extreme right leanings was really something the middle ground voters didn't care for. Romney however was under the mistaken belief he needed these votes so he would do rallies to show them he could get that vote. Where he would promise to appeal Obamacare and cut taxes across the board.
Romney had no clue that in this day and age , whatever your filmed saying and promising would be used against you so quick. Then he would claim something else that was seen just as quick. It was pretty insane by this point. His own healthcare he signed in Massachusetts , Romney to lure the extreme right wing would proclaim how he'd never do it now. That it was wrong. It was like saying he had made a huge mistake as governor...not helping himself.
end of part 1....