Mini-Rumination: Hey There, Georgy Girl

Remember “Georgy Girl”?  There was the movie, with Lynn Redgrave and James Mason, about a dowdy woman who through a very circuitous path ends up marrying her parents’ wealthy and much older employer (ewwww) and raising a baby.  More memorable than the movie, at least to The Curmudgeon, was the song – a great tune and memorable lyrics that began:

Hey there, Georgy girl
Swingin’ down the street so fancy-free
Nobody you meet could ever see the loneliness there – inside you
Hey there, Georgy girl
Why do all the boys just pass you by?
Could it be you just don’t try or is it the clothes you wear?

You’re always window shopping but never stopping to buy
So shed those dowdy feathers and fly – a little bit

As 2011 draws to a close, Republican voters are reminding The Curmudgeon of Georgy Girl:  they’re always window-shopping but never stopping to buy.  Trying desperately not to concede the inevitability of attending the 2012 big dance in a Mitt Romney design, at various times this year they’ve peered into the window to check out Sarah Palin, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Ricky Santorum (still the subject of one of the best sites on the web), Michele Bachman, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Ron Paul (actually, everyone tries this one on but no one seriously considers wearing it), Rick Perry (remember Rick Perry?  It seems so…long ago), Jon Huntsman, and Chris Christie and ultimately found them all wanting in one way or another.  Right now, some of them are pretending they want to try on Newt Gingrich, but that’s pretty clearly a brave attempt at self-delusion that either will fade when people come to their senses or explode when Gingrich reverts to form and does something characteristically stupid.  (For fun reading, see this Mother Jones feature entitled “13 Reasons Why Newt Will Never Be the GOP Nominee”).

In the end, Georgy got what she wanted – or at least what she thought she wanted.  Republican voters may enjoy a similar happy ending – but first, they’re going to have to figure out what they want.

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