There is only a scant 25 months (give or take a few days) to go until the 2012 United States Presidential election, and while some (such as your local friendly blogger over here) may wonder who the Democrats will put forward as their party’s nominee, there is one thing for gosh-darn-certain:
The waiting is over as the Republicans have a front-runner !
At the Values Voters Summit held in Washington D.C. over the September 18 weekend, Congressman Mike Pence, from Indiana, won a straw poll of the 723 social conservatives by garnering a solid 24 percent (there’s your number of the day) as compared to the 22 percent earned by the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.
Congratulations to Representative Pence and while Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council which organized the event, had high praise for the straw poll winner, the real question is “Will the Tea Party support Pence?“.
Sure Mr. Pence may be against abortion and same-sex marriage, but does he have the “fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government” chops as listed by the Tea Party Caucus, because without Tea Party support, Pence’s candidancy could be a far-thing.