Listen to the watchers and talkers in New Hampshire and you hear the same thing: The current crop of Republican presidential candidates is the worst, most lackluster, most mediocre collection ever assembled by a political party.
“I hate to admit it but there isn’t a standout in the whole bunch,” longtime New Hampshire political activist Sam Ruskin tells Capitol Hill Blue. “They are, on the whole, a sorry lot.”
MSNBC host — and former Republican Congressman —agrees.
“Political luminaries come up to me, grab me by the lapels and whisper in my ear that this is the worst Presidential field they have ever seen,” Scarborough says. “It’s depressing.”
Perhaps the saddest commentary on the lackluster field is the revolving door of frontrunners that came and went before the first vote was cast in the primaries: Donald Trump, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, etc.
Then, of course, there’s Ron Paul, the candidate who never met a newsletter he couldn’t deny. Like Romney, Paul is an empty suit. Paul’s, however, is a cheaper and ill-fitting suit.
If Mitt Romney secures the GOP nomination in the coming weeks, it won’t be because he’s either a qualified candidate or the best choice. He will win by default among a field of born losers.
“You’ve heard of holding your nose and voting? Well, there’s no amount of air freshener that anyone can take to remove the stink of this field,” says one GOP strategist who — for obvious reasons — does not wish to be quoted by name. “There’s not an electable candidate or a leader in the lot.”
Politics is often called a circus. This year, it’s more of a clown parade.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calls it a “clown show” with Romney as the master of ceremonies.
“Romney is programmed to say whatever he thinks people will support,” Matthews says. “I don’t have the slightest idea where he stands on anything.”
So what can a Republican primary voter do?
“The Japanese have a solution for situations like this,” says Ruskin. “They call it seppuku — ritual suicide. You take a sword and you disembowel yourself.”
(Edited on Jan. 10 to include more information)