Thursday, November 10, 2011

GOP debate: spittle and sputter

When last we spoke, I told you the extreme right wing base of the Republican Tea Party does not care whether Herman Cain has been accused of sexual harassment.

In last night’s debate, the audience booed the moderators for having the temerity to even raise the question. I rest my case.

Cain is going to get it. If those women hold a joint press conference, they will generate enough heat to fire up the women who vote. Again last night, he glossed over the facts that two settlements have resulted from charges against him. Slick.

Newt is getting a little old for his angry young man routine. He hates the media and uses every debate to spittle a little. Tiresome. His nasty personality negates his smarts.

None of the GOP candidates had a handle on how the European financial problems might impact America. Predictably, most of the economic discussions centered on business – not people.

Nobody laid a glove on Romney. Nobody even tried. Are they cowards afraid to engage him?

And then there’s Rick Perry.

OK, Rick – let’s try this one more time:

“One, two – buckle my shoe…”


The South Plainsman said...

Ole Rick did indeed "step in it." He needs to borrow Obama's teleprompter.

Didn't watch the debate. Tiresome.

The European financial problems are the same as ours: too much debt that cannot be repaid, and too many unfunded entitlements that cannot be met. Their problem is magnified a bit by the lack of a central bank that can act as ours does and just print money to pay the debt, thereby cheapening the currency.

This is all going to get a whole lot worse whichever party controls our government, because they both seem to be on the wrong track.

Anonymous said...

When I was in a college class on European Politics in 1982, the professor said any talk of a European Union was just a fantasy. Europe could never unite, he said, because the economic drain from one country to another would cause it to collapse.

That was nearly 30 years ago. I don't remember if he thought it would take the United States with it.

Anonymous said...

Three, four -- close the door...

Tim O'Keefe said...

Rick Perry was ahead in the polls until he had to speak. It was a steady decline from there. What gets me is that the pundits have said it's over for Perry, not for WHAT he said (that he would simply eliminate 3 crucial departments) - but for forgetting one of the three; not for the fact that he rarely answers questions intelligibly, but that he flubbed one; not the fact that he doesn't know his a$$ from a hole in the ground, but because his memory slipped.

Sadly, the media treats political discourse, especially the debates, like they are a reality TV show. Rick Perry will probably get voted off the island (or whatever) because he slipped on the runway wearing his high heels (or whatever), not because he never deserved to be on the island in the first place.

I transcribed a bit of one of the debates a while ago - syllable by syllable. It wasn't easy, given Rick Perry's knack for rambling.

QUESTION: Which scientists have you found most credible on this subject [the subject that Rick Perry doesn't believe in global climate change]?

ANSWER (?!): "Well I do agree that, uh, there is... the sciences is not settled on this. The idea that we would put American's economy at, at, at jeopardy, uh, based on scientific theory that's not, uh, settled yet, is to me is just, it is nonsense. I mean it, it... And I tell somebody... I said, "Just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact"... Galileo got, uh, outvoted for a spell. But the fact is to put America's economic future in jeopardy, asking us to cut back in areas that would have monstrous economic impact on this country is not good economics and I will suggest to you is not necessarily good science. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy."

Isn't it hard to imagine (and incredibly scary) that this guy even came close to getting the nomination?

Anonymous said...

Perry's the most incompetent boob I have seen since, well, gwbush. His handlers should be horse whipped and so should he...just because....and well, there is the fact that he's an aggie.

Anonymous said...

texans have proven/proved, again and again, that they can elect idiots for governor. americans, I hope, have proven/proved that they will elect some of those idiots as president. but romney? he appears to be on track to win. don’t know how americans will react to a dog being strapped to the roof of air force one. ain’t fittin.

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