(By Andrew MacKie-Mason)
Part 1: Herman Cain & Newt Gingrich
Part 2: Gary Johnson & Fred Karger
Part 3: Tom Miller & Ron Paul
Part 4: Andy Martin & Jimmy McMillan (this post)
Part 5: Tim Pawlenty & Buddy Roemer
Part 6: Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum
Part 7: Michele Bachmann & Jon Huntsman
Part 8: Thad McCotter & Roy Moore (upcoming)
Part 9: Vern Wuensche (upcoming)
I think it's time to take a first look at the potential candidates for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. I'm pulling from a source list here. I'm going to look at each candidate on four main topics: Civil Rights, National Security, Economy, Constitutional Vision. I'll rate them on a four point scale (from best to worst): Strong, Acceptable, Weak, Unacceptable. I'll also include a brief justification, so if I miss something relevant (which I probably will, with so many candidates to consider) feel free to leave a note in the comments section and I may adjust the ratings. Most of my information is going to be pulled from the candidates' websites, for those that already have them.
This post will address Andy Martin and Jimmy McMillan. Look at the top for links to other posts in this series, and watch for more new posts to come.
Martin was a primary source of rumors about President Obama being a secret Muslim, then claimed (based of a "gut feeling") that Obama was actually the secret son of a suspected Communist. He's also a major player in the birther movement. [See here]. He has earned no space for consideration on this blog.
The rent is too damn high.
Now, cumulatively speaking, we have (ranked in best-to-worst order, with scores in the following order: Strong - Acceptable - Weak - Unacceptable):
Karger: 1 - 3 - 0 - 0
Roemer: 1 - 1 - 1 - 0
Johnson: 0 - 2 - 2 - 0
Huntsman: 0 - 1 - 3 - 0
Paul: 0 - 1 - 3 - 0
Romney: 0 - 1 - 1 - 2
Gingrich: 0 - 1 - 1 - 2
Bachmann: 0 - 0 - 1 - 3
Miller: 0 - 0 - 1 - 3
Pawlenty: 0 - 0 - 1 - 3
Santorum: 0 - 0 - 1 - 3