Putney's Perspective on the GOP candidates

We have been the center of the political universe for the last week, and, yes, it has been exciting.

We've seen the candidates up close and personal. Well, in Romney's case, maybe not all that personal—he's something of a closed personality. We see what he lets us see.

Newt Gingrich on the other hand, is all about the personal and all about himself. Grandiose doesn't even begin to describe it.

But as ABC Reporter Jake Tapper said, if you're going to say I'm qualified to be the president of the world's last super-power, you've got to be a little grandiose. And more than a little egotistical.

The one quality about these candidates that's rarely talked about is likeability. Who among them do you feel comfortable with? Who would you like to sit down and have a beer with?

For me, the candidate I most would have liked to do that was, believe it or not, Rick Perry.

As a candidate, he was kind of a dud. But I bet he'd be a lot of fun over a beer. Ron Paul, too. He's in outer space on some issues, but at least he's got a sense of humor. Rick Santorum does not.

Mitt Romney? Nice guy, lovely family, but not much of a personal vibe there.

Newt Gingrich, sure, you could share a nice martini with him and have a wonky chat. Most of it, of course, would be about Newt.

In the end, ideology and ideas matter when we choose presidents. What may matter more though, is the candidates with whom we feel most comfortable.

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