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Thursday, September 8, 2011

GOP Candidates Debate: 09/07/2011

Last night's GOP Candidate debate on MSNBC is the first one I've seen so far in this 2012 election cycle. It was everything I thought it would be; lots of Obamacare, Obama-conomy, and Rick Perry bashing. Perry is the flavor-of-the-month in this field of GOP hopefuls, after Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Michele Bachmann. After his performance last night, I think everyone will want to switch back to Romney.

Of this very weak field, Mitt Romney was the only one who came out looking the most presidential. The likes of Rick Santorum, Gingrich, Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman tried very hard to push themselves into some kind of relevance-- especially Gingrich, who's stand-out moment of the evening was lambasting the moderators for pitting the Republican candidates against each other instead of Barack Obama-- which he claims is a result of the media trying to protect Obama. Bullshit, of course-- especially if you've seen the news lately. Which media outlet is trying to protect the president? Even MSNBC commentators like Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow have questioned many of Obama's moves, particularly in the last 6-8 months. 

I'd say that Ron Paul probably had the most intelligent and thoughtful answers to offer-- not that it matters, because that man will NEVER have a chance to be president, no matter how smart he sounds in the middle of a group of right wing-pandering narcissists. In sharp contrast, I think the most brain-dead comments came from the man who is currently the front-runner: Rick Perry. The man stood up on that stage and openly slighted climate change science. He also had no problem stating that he felt that Social Security was a "Ponzi scheme"-- a sentiment not shared by the other GOP candidates...or about 90% of the people receiving Social Security.  Then there was the moment when Brian Williams asked him about the 260+ executions under Perry's watch-- which got a round of applause from the audience(!). When he was asked how he feels about that number, and the fact that people applauded it...he had no problem with it. In fact, he was proud.

Poor Michele Bachmann. It seems as if her 15 minutes are almost up. She had no real moment to speak of-- other than being confronted by her pledge to bring gasoline back down to $2.00/gal. She has this singular logic that Rick Perry has. I mean really, the very idea that the President of the United States has any control whatsoever over gas prices?! And when she said that gas was $1.79/gal before Barack Obama became president...yeah, about 15 years before Obama became president! It's just downhill from hear for Bachmann, which means that the teabaggers are going to have to settle for Mitt Romney, who is trying his hardest to gain their support. 

At this point, it's a two-man race. Scratch that-- Mitt Romney will be the GOPs Presidential Candidate for 2012. I mean really-- there really is no need for more debates with this field of nightmares. I really don't have the patience or brain cell surplus to listen to Hermain Cain's 9-9-9 bullshit (upside down, it makes more sense). Rick Santorum is better defined by Dan Savage. Newt Gingrich-- why are you even there?! Jon Huntsman, while he may be the more logical of this lot, has no chance. So unless Chris Christie, Jeb Bush or Saint Sarah of Wasilla decide that they are ready, Mitt Romney is your man, Republicans!

Good luck with all of that...

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