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So let me get this straight: There is now a Republican presidential candidate whom has given himself the title of the "comeback" after the New Hampshire primary, and he expects me to vote for him? Why?

Is this the same guy who referred to myself and millions of other Americans as "racists" for speaking up when he and his cronies offered amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the form of an immigration bill? The same guy who usurped my right to give my money to anyone I wish to support for president when he and his liberal Democrat friend, Russ Feingold, passed campaign finance reform? The same "conservative" Republican senator who voted against tax cuts and referred to them as "immoral"?

Each day that passes I get more and more upset how the media is portraying John McCain and the other candidates as the chosen one for the White House. This has not been a campaign, but an all-too-real "reality" TV show that would make Mark Burnett blush. The cables love it for ratings. The papers love it for circulation numbers. The blogs love it for something to opine about. But the American people are being deprived of the necessary information to make an educated decision.

So once again a well-entertained, yet very misinformed, electorate will go to the polls and place the trust of our future into the hands of the most popular, YouTube-watched, well-packaged, poll-sensitive person.

What a joke!

Barack Obama offers great speeches, devoid of policy, in a rock-star fashion. Seems like a nice family guy with a great family that would make a great local insurance salesman.

Hillary Clinton is being packaged as the liberal/socialist Maggie Thatcher of the 21st century. Only one problem: Maggie would not tear up or have her husband complain about how mean everyone is to her. If the qualification for president rests in being married to a former president, may I suggest Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan or Laura for the job?

Bill Richardson is we-todd-did. Thank goodness he has bowed out.

John Edwards makes me feel in need of a shower after listening to more than five minutes of his class-warfare tripe. I haven't seen anyone living underneath a bridge or on grates. Must be an East Coast phenomenon.

Mike Huckleberry, or is it Huckabee? I think he may be the reincarnation of Floyd the barber from Mayberry RFD. I think even I could take this guy in a fight. I will pay his first year salary if he chooses to return to the pulpit, but I have no desire to see him in the Oval Office.

Mitt Romney is so handsome. Maybe too handsome. Seems to change his mind a lot but could probably do a great job if we need a money manager or someone to ban steroids from the Olympics.

John McCain invokes two words in my mind … too old!

Rudy is more like Waldo. Where is Waldo? Has anyone seen him? Is he still running?

Fred Thompson seems to be a really, really conservative guy. Apparently choice is an important thing to Fred. Now is that what Reagan would say, Fred?

Ron Paul. Yeah right!

So I see nothing exciting and inspiring in the roster of 2008 presidential hopefuls. All I hear from all these folks Democrat and Republican alike is, "We are from the government, and we are here to help you." No thank you. I take my country straight without sugar and cream.

What I would like to hear, however, from all these government-obsessed candidates is that one of them, just one of them, is a real American, and they are running on a platform to get the government off my back, out of my wallet and away from my children. A candidate who views the government as the problem, not the solution.

Hillary, Mike, Barack, Mitt, John, John (did I just say that – John John?) all want to give you more government to fix your problems. Government can't even collect the garbage efficiently, but it wants to run your life? We have to be crazier than they are to believe that. The Minuteman project does a better job on border control than the government. The only job the government does right is defense, and that is only due to the greatness of the men and women who serve.

So, again this year, I will hold my nose and vote for the lesser of government evils in November, knowing full-well there is no real conservative candidate from which to pick. Many will claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan, but none will deliver. For with Reagan, it was in his DNA. With these guys, it is a campaign slogan.

To quote my hero ... "Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"

Great question, President Reagan. Surely you and I would agree it is not Hillary or McCain.

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