Tired of Leftovers

Posted: Jul 15, 2011 12:01 AM

I’ve never been a big fan of leftovers. There’s just something unappealing about a dish I’ve already had. Only when there are no other choices will I force myself to reheat it.

This political season, I’m starting to feel the same way. Are we really so desperate on the right that all we have are leftovers to run for President? There are some politicians who have simply outlived their usefulness, and frankly, I’m tired of the same ones being dragged out, packaged as something new. Once you pull the foil off, you realize it’s the same old, same old. No thanks, I’m not that hungry.

I’d be less bothered by all this if it weren’t for the way the “establishment right” has treated Herman Cain. Here’s a guy who doesn’t fit the mold, and although I don’t think it’s a racial thing, I do believe it’s a good old boys thing. He’s not part of the Washington elite crowd. Even the so-called right leaning press has problems with Cain. They’ve alternated between ignoring him, and (when he continues to poll in the top three) dismissing him as a mere annoyance.

I’ve been a fan of Herman Cain’s since long before he announced for president. He’s appeared on my show many times over the years, and I’ve appeared on his. I like what he stands for, and I like his common sense approach to issues.

I asked Herman Cain last week on my show, “When do you own a nation’s problems? When do you stop blaming the previous coach, CEO, administration, etc.?” “Day one”, said the man who knows how to solve problems. When he took over Godfather’s Pizza, he didn’t get to blame previous management; he moved forward and got the job done.

When a new coach is hired in the middle of the NFL season, he’s expected to win the NEXT GAME. He doesn’t get to whine about how he’s stuck with the same defensive line the last coach had. It’s the same when you want to be the Leader of the Free World. You own it when you’re sworn in, warts, economic situation, and previous administration notwithstanding. The day before the 2008 election, Michelle Obama came to Vegas and said, ”...we’re gonna own this nation...” When does that happen, Michelle?

What we need in the GOP are more problem solvers, not the same warmed over leftovers of previous administrations, or the people who can raise the most money. Fancy new microwaves don’t make the leftovers taste any better. Money’s essential, but more money thrown at the same old ideas won’t get us anywhere.  And haven’t we already tried that more-money-old-ideas approach with public education? How’s that working for ya?

We need new faces with new ideas and problem solving capabilities. Going with the flow won’t cut it. As Sarah Palin put it, “only dead fish go with the flow”. Americans on both sides are tired of Obama, but the GOP is going to have to put more than leftovers on the table if we’re going to win.

The voters aren’t stupid...(well, some are). The elite should take notice that the more the “establishment right” dismisses Herman Cain, the better he does in the polls. He connects with people in ways that candidates from Central Casting never will.

We the people are tired of being told who’s turn it is.

It’s our turn.