(Red Right Returning, a nautical mnemonic for the side of the buoy or marker on which to pilot a ship in order to stay in the channel, is a look back at the activity of the past week of the Republican candidates in the 2012 primary. Feel free to voice your opinions on the candidates in the comment section.)
What a political week. Romney won the debate in New Hampshire. Herman Cain came in fast and furious to overtake Romney. Michele Bachmann got booed at the New Hampshire congress. Rick Perry has been plummeting in the polls.
Romney’s poll numbers haven’t moved for months. He has had a 24% approval rating while everybody else has come and gone. First it was Perry that soared past him, now it’s Cain. But with Christie’s endorsement, it looks like Romney is the Republican candidate to beat. Bachmann faded, Perry has faded. Can anyone beat Romney? Is Herman Cain more than just the ‘flavor of the month’ or as he refers to himself, black walnut?
Can Romney or Cain beat Obama? Considering that Romney couldn’t beat McCain in 2008 who in turn could not beat Obama, it seems like Romney has a big uphill battle. Cain, with his radio DJ voice and mannerisms, can certainly captivate a room but he will have to get past the flaws in his 9-9-9 economic plan. His plan would actually raise taxes on the middle class and cut them for the upper class. On paper, neither of these candidates appears to be qualified to beat President Obama but lack of qualifications has never stopped the Republican party before.