Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Petraeus might be a decent general, but the GOP candidate for President? That's about as stupid an idea as when some Democrats rallied around Wesley Clark.... and for the same reasons.

Yes, being a general is a whole lot more impressive than being a community organizer, but it doesn't come close to satisfying the basic requirements of a candidate. No offense to the good general, but he is but a tool by which policy is effected, he is someone who is used by those who make policy. As far as I have seen, he is not the guy who makes the policy.

I want a candidate who has and can articulate a conservative vision for America and has the organizational wherewithal and political smarts to put the vision into effect.

And as I said about Clark, being a successful commander (which Clark may or may not have been), does not make one qualified to make the decisions on foreign policy, let alone convince me that a military commander has the vision and smarts to handle the domestic side of the policy agenda (note: at least with Clark, the Democrats were thinking he could dispel fears that the Democrats were weak on foreign policy, a valid concern, but not something the GOP has to concern itself about).

And unless America has been attacked in the days leading up to the 2012 elections, those elections, like every other Presidential election, is going to be decided on economic and other domestic issues and not which candidate has the best plan for stabilizing Afghanistan (which, trust me, ain't going to have been stabilized by 2012)... and nominating a domestic policy novice is a dumb, dumb, dumb idea.