If you think the GOP primary is a circus, remember the Democrats in 2008

I find Steven P. Grossman's commentary amusing ("GOP presidential field outdoes itself," Nov. 6). Mr. Grossman takes great delight in mocking the field of Republican presidential nominees. That's not the amusing part. The fun part is looking at the field of candidates the Democrats had in 2008, and how they whittled that field down, how they made the decisions on who to kick off the island, versus how the GOP voters are making their decision in 2012.

In 2008, the Democrats could have chosen John Edwards, a man with a woman problem. They could have selected Dennis Kucinich, a man so dedicated to his profession that he has decided not to run for re-election. There was Joe Biden, a gaffe machine. Some also-rans like Bill Richardson and Evan Bayh, who actually made some sense. But the Democrats narrowed it down to Hillary Clinton, whose credentials essentially consisted of being a good president's wife, and Barack Obama, a man with almost no experience who rarely voted in the short time he'd spent in public office.

The Republican voters have vetted the candidates, and they have found that Michele Bachmann is too inexperienced, a flaw the Democrats would no doubt overlook if she held liberal views. They also rejected Herman Cain over inexperience as well as sexual harassment charges (again, something the Democrats might embrace since the charges were never proven, nor were they ever actually defined). Rick Perry has made fewer verbal gaffes than Joe Biden, yet the Democrats made Joe Biden the vice president. Ms. Bachmann has more foreign policy experience than Hillary Clinton, yet the Democrats made her our Secretary of State.

Unlike the Democratic Party, which seems to be in a perpetual search for the next John F. Kennedy, the Republican voters are perfectly content to nominate a man like Newt Gingrich. He has baggage, but any politician who has been in service as long as he has is bound to have it. Nobody really cares that he made money off Fannie and Freddie when he was a private citizen. Nobody cares about divorces, except for the evangelicals, and they're willing to forgive him. That's right, the Republicans seem to have settled for the moment on a grizzled, tough, slick, politician with a golden tongue and a million ideas. Someone with a history of balancing budgets. Someone with a history of actually working with the other side of the aisle, unlike our current president who seems to be on a two-year tour of whining about the Republicans. Our Commander in Tears.

Scoff if you will, but Mr. Gingrich is a formidable man and would make a heck of a better president than Mr. Obama, assuming Speaker Gingrich passes the vetting he's experiencing now. And it looks like he will.

Fred Pasek, Frederick

Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad