Campaign 2012: Fred Bayles grades the GOP candidates
Mitt Romney: A-. Mitt gets a high grade for persistence despite the fact he can’t get more than 26 percent of Republican voters to like him.
Herman Cain: C+. Welcome to presidential politics, Mr. Cain, where everyone has a record, even if they’ve never held office.
Rick Perry: Sleepy Rick: C/Happy Rick: B+. Will the real Rick Perry please step forward and say “Bring it!”
Michele Bachmann: C-. Darn those facts! Without them her sound bites would work much better.
Newt Gingrich: B. Mostly on his perfect attendance record. Keep on showing up and keep your head down.
Jon Huntsman: B. Mostly for his limited attendance record. Keep declining and keep your head down.
Rick Santorum: C for creativity. Not many politicians have thought to stake their entire campaign running against gays and the moral decline of the 1960s.
Ron Paul: C. Running against the Federal Reserve and most of the amendments to the Constitution can limit you. Just what is your stand on the Volstead Act? An extra credit A for threatening to walk out of the Romney/Perry slugfest.
Gary Johnson: A for chutzpah. C for a questionable sense of direction. Johnson’s talking points include the fact he does not attend church, is pro-choice, pro-immigration, pro-marijuana and anti-war on drugs. Didn’t he mean to register as a Democrat?
Jimmy McMillan: Pass/Fail. The publicity is too damn attractive.
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