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I finally broke down and watched my first Republican Presidential Primary Debate tonight. It was still a struggle to pay attention, despite my “political animal” tendencies. There were just too many flotsams and jetsams out there that needed to be weeded out to get the ball rolling a little quicker. I assure you, I would take a paring knife to that list if I were the grand GOP Puzzlemaker, instead of just some mouthy guy spouting my opinions on a lightly regarded stock blog.
The two biggest losers tonight had to be former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum. Here’s the thing — could you even tell the two apart? Yeah, I know Rick is the Catholic firebrand and Pawlenty is the cool laconic Lutheran (or whatever they are in Minnesota), but physically they are very comparable, and charisma-wise, well…. I find myself wondering how Pawlenty ever got elected in Minnesota in the first place.
Did his dad own a department store chain, too??
With those two nobodies yanked, the next to go has to be Newt Gingrich. Smart, no question, but way too unlikeable. His negatives have to be up there with Hillary Clinton, and its all reflective of the smug know-it-all defensiveness that characterized his every delivery tonight. No, he’s gone, and please Lord, soon.
That leaves us with the ever entertaining pair of Ron Paul and Herman Cain, who, in a perfect world, would be named Benevolant Dictators of America, because you’re pretty damn sure neither of them would abuse the power. That said, neither are really ready for prime time, even as both of them gave some of the best answers of the night. I will never agree with Paul on a foreign policy basis, but I like his libertarian views on civil rights, etc. Herman Cain is just a whip smart bidnessman and you know he’s honest to a tee — perhaps too honest to be in politics, unfortunately.
That Huntsman creep I don’t even countenance. The guy worked for Obama for a couple of years and we’re supposed to hire him as Big O’s replacement? I’m figuring that dude must have shitte tonnes o’ green to burn, because I haven’t seen that much of a no-chance candidacy since the terminally morose Ralph Nadar ran for the Greens. Huntsman, you’re fired too.
That leaves us with the lovely Michele Bachman and der Mittster. Michele is lovely to look at, and I really respect her convictions, but there’s something about her that seems a little too frozen. Maybe it’s here eyelids? I dunno, but it’s odd how she speaks at the tv’s like she’s reading from an invisible teleprompter or something. I have to sadly conclude that if she weirds out a rock-ribbed conservative like me who supports much of her platform, she’s got less chance than even Sarah Palin in the general.
That leaves Mitt, whom, as you know, I’ve been cool on since he announced. I want to like Mitt, because I have some friends who would lay down their life for the guy, and these are not idealistic schoolgirls, but experienced deal guys I’m talking about. However, as you know, I just have a hard time getting around the whole Romneycare thing. Well, after tonight’s performance, I began to thaw a little bit on old Willard Mitt.
I thought he gave some really nice answers on many of the business and fiscal questions, and I really got the sense that his calm confidence (contrasted against Santorum’s near-mania at times, for example) really are a nice fit for the current state of malaise in which we find ourselves enmired.
So, for now, I’m feeling like I could pull the trigger for Mitt. But let’s see what Saturday brings, as I also have a soft spot in my heart for Texans and their way of doing things. Perry could be the one, as well.
As The PPT members already know, I dumped a bunch of silver and gold today, but not by any means a portion more than 25% of my horde. The ones I saw as either ripe or annoying (IAG), I cut down first. I ended up selling anywhere from 1/3 to 2/3rds of my stashes in AG, ANV, IAG, EXK and NGD. I also got rid of all of the rest of my DGP and NUGT positions, just to take the leverage off. I sold no SLW or RGLD, but I may get rid of some of that tomorrow.
In the meantime, gold has taken a little air out, and silver along with her, but nothing extraordinary has occurred yet. I will be monitoring the situation through tomorrow afternoon and let you know what I’m thinking, if anything.
Best to you all.