Monday, October 05, 2009
Which Republican presidential candidate said this?
"I'm in business and proud of it. Nobody can make me soft-pedal any fact in my business career. After all, business is our way of life, our achievement, our glory."
Trick question? I'm saying no one has.
Wasn't Willkie a democrat?
Btw, there is one area where you can soft-pedal in business: raising capital in the capital markets through public offerings. Last year was all about that.
But profit, as in "the for-profit medical establishment" is now a dirty word among the socialist left and right.
How far we have fallen.
Fun! There have been a lot of Republican candidates. If I were to take a wild guess, it would not be Hoover, who pretty much had a career in government, but Calvin Coolidge.
Oops, not a Republican. Never mind.
George H.W. Bush
Just a wild stab in the dark.
When you think about it, not many big time Republicans were actually IN any kind of business, let alone successful.
Eisenhower was a career soldier, Reagan was an actor, Nixon was a lawyer and a lifetime politician, ditto Ford.
TR was also a lifetime politician, although he did lots of other things, like ranching (part time). But he wasn't exactly a patron of "business".
It has the sound of the 1920's or 1930's. I think business has been so demonized and villified recently that even a republican would not say that today. I'll go with Coolidge.
Willkie it was. And, yes, he had been a Democrat, but was perhaps the most prestigious opponent of FDR, who demonized Willkie's business, the growth industry of his era, the electric utilities.
I'm going with Mitt Romney.
I'm still going with Mitt Romney.
Huckabee said "Mitt Romney looks like the guy who fires you" and he's right. In a general election Romney will get his ass kicked, unless we're in a total financial meltdown.
Palin would win a Republican straw poll today -- and -- has promise -- but won't be ready by 2012. She too could lose in a general, even to Obama.
The Republicans need someone else.
I'm going to third anonymous's vote, leaving the thread consensus at three votes for Mitt Romney, two for Coolidge and TH bringing up the rear with his Willkie theory.