In 2008 and in every election since elections began, we tend to look for the “perfect” candidate. There will always be some vote, some policy, some foible, some flaw that potential voters will use to disqualify a candidate.
It is already happening with our current crop of GOP contenders. Newt Gingrich, one of our most prolific thinkers, has been labeled as "not committed enough" after going on a cruise following his announced candidacy. Mitt Romney created RomneyCare in Massachusetts. Tim Pawlenty is vanilla. Michele Bachmann made a geography mistake in a speech. Herman Cain worked for the Fed. Rick Santorum lost a senatorial election. Ron Paul wants to legalize drugs. And Sarah Palin? She has been crucified by the press for years.
Anyone who decides to run for President, no matter how ideologically pure, will have bogies in his or her record. If Rick Perry throws his hat into the ring, watch the left go to town.
There are some conservatives who caution that we should never vote for the lesser of two evils. Unfortunately, there will never be any other choice, in my opinion. It doesn’t matter who becomes the GOP nominee, that person will have baggage. So be prepared to be disappointed. I wish we had a perfect choice; but there are no perfect candidates. That’s reality.