I discovered some unreleased comments and released them on the two previous threads. Sorry they were held a few days. Amongst them was someone who indicated that John Whitbeck would be a good candidate. I understand that on a few short meetings it is possible to get that sense. The speeches I watched him give historically have covered some conservative principles but were – much like Obama – filled with empty rhetoric and nothing in the way of unique ideas. He seemed to have a weak grasp on the subjects he spoke on.
As I said, I do not know Ron Meyer at all, so when I received the beginning of the barrage of literature today from both candidates I went to both websites – Whitbeck and Meyer - and gave them both a second look. The usual fluffy stuff was on both. I did notice Whitbeck claimed a bunch of endorsements that I am doubtful he has already received. Perhaps he is reusing endorsements from his past failed campaign without checking with those people first. I then went to look them both up with a simple Google search – Meyer and Whitbeck. It confirmed my fears about Whitbeck again. Both men appear on the front page of the search. But Whitbeck has a lot of recent negative press. He is not a good candidate for the Republicans because he has little chance of winning. It does not matter whether you agree with his speeches or had a couple nice discussions with him. Watch the two videos above to get a sense of the two men.
My thinking is this:
1] Ron Meyer is clearly the smarter of the two men.
2] Meyer has good presence and can think on his feet.
3] Meyer seems to have a command of facts that I have not seen Whitbeck possess.
4] Whitbeck carries baggage from just the last few months that will be used against him in a general election to great effect.
5] Whitbeck has lost by a landslide in the past.
6] Both men have similar stances on key issues and thus the issues will be represented similarly by both.
I just don’t see it likely Whitbeck could win. No matter if you think that the joke Whitbeck made and the other controversies of his past are overblown. It will be blown up even further if he is the Republican candidate. Whitbeck will inspire the Democratic base to come out in a way that Meyer would not. It is very important to win this election for Republicans. They cannot afford to put forward a less electable candidate.
It seems Meyer is the only good choice for the 16th for Republicans who want to win.