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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Folly of the New GOP Debate Season

I didn't watch the CNN/Tea Party GOP debate last night. I watched the GOP debate last week, and quite frankly, there is not going to be much new to watch in such a short period of time. But, the news networks need to sell soap and what better soap opera is there than watching Michelle Bachmann and Mitt Romney tear Rick Perry apart while Ron Paul proves what we've known all along about the fringe elements of the current Libertarian movement in this country? Meanwhile Rick Santorum continues to improve his rhetoric skills, while the media pretty much ignores Herman Cain. Just like they ignored Steve Forbes ten years ago.

The MSM and the Country Club wing of the Republican Party are forcing the American people to accept Mitt Romney and Rick Perry as the presumptive GOP front runners. I for one, am rejecting that premise because it is a false truth.

The televised debate season is a by-product of the glut of information product now available in our current 24/7 news cycle. Actual votes don't happen for another four months and at this rate the people who will not be voting for President Obama will be so politically fatigued from the overload that they will make another poor choice in a candidate. Like they did in 1996 with Bob Dole. Like they did in 2008 with John McCain. The only difference this time around is there are no war heroes for the GOP to lazily hitch their wagon to, so they will do the next worst thing and hitch their wagon to a slick former governor.

Here's my view of the GOP field four months ahead of primary season.

The mainstream as likely picked by someone other than you:
  • Rick Perry. The candidate of choice, as long as that choice is made by someone else.
  • Mitt Romney. Sorry, I can't seem to find the substance for the style.
  • Michelle Bachmann. She's got Gardisil and two phantom Bills in Congress and nothing else.
  • Ron Paul. In theory what he says is right. Unfortunately, we don't live in a theoretical world.
  • Newt Gingrich. He would make a great president, but he's a bad candidate. That's the problem. 
  • Jon Huntsman. I think the MSM keeps him around to illustrate how dumb the GOP can be.
Outside the box, the candidates we should be paying attention to:
  • Herman Cain. I'm curious why he gets absolutely no time during these sham debates. He's offered a plan and he's in charge of his platform. Oh that's right. He's a capitalist.
  • Rick Santorum. Regular readers will know that I haven't been a big fan. But, I'm also not so insecure as to be unable to admit to change. Santorum seems to be the only candidate of pure substance lately. His extreme social conservatism will be his problem in the future.
  • Chris Christie. Yup. And he'll kick your candidate's ass if he gets in the race.
  • Jeb Bush. He's out there watching. But it's too soon for another Bush in the White House.
  • Sarah Palin. Don't for one second think she is not just waiting around to pick at the bones of whatever candidate survives this faux debate season.
  • Other people I am unaware of right now. Oh, they're out there, waiting, watching, learning. Mark my words.
We are not forced to support the MSM candidates of choice. Not yet anyway.

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