I finally decided to sit through a Republican debate because I felt it was my duty to see how far our country has fallen. It was kind of ridiculous in that they're really attacking each other with a fervency you rarely see amongst those in the same party. I think it is a telling sign because it seems to me the conservatives are just so out there, that it's almost impossible to be a moderate Republican. Of course when the general election rolls around the one who comes out of this shit storm will swing back to the middle. In that case I guess Romney would be best for them since he's been on every side of every issue anyway.
And to that point, is that a bad thing? Isn't a person supposed to change with the times? Granted, I don't buy his conservative position on "life" as it pertains to a woman's choice, but other than that, shouldn't you bend to the wishes of constituents? For example, isn't a pledge to "never raise taxes" a really fucking stupid idea? Never? Really? You're an idiot, Michelle Bachman.
Then there's the whole "Romneycare/Obamacare" thing. I think "Obamacare" is a mess because Republicans forced it to be a mess. There was no way to get a good health care bill passed, so it had to be a piece of shit. Now it's attacked as being a piece of shit. Go figure.
Do you believe Health Care should be supported by our government? I do. The same way I think education should be. Why one and not the other? Is one more important? If you don't feel free to vote Republican. Should work out well for America, especially as costs rise.
As for "Romneycare", so what the guy supported it in Massachusetts! People in his home state wanted it, and it hasn't been disastrous. But he's suggesting people don't want it nationwide, therefore he won't support it. Again, don't you represent your constituents? A governor isn't supposed to pass laws he/she wants to see enacted, but rather is supposed to listen to his constituents. Romney is suggesting he would do that. Is that hard to comprehend?
Some other great aspects of the debate for me was when Rick Perry consistently called Herman Cain "brother."
"I'm with ya, brother."
"I hear ya, brother."
"I'm picking up what you're puttin' down, brother..."
Okay, maybe the last one didn't happen, but the first two certainly did.
Is Rick Perry calling Newt Gingrich "brother?" Ron Paul? Rick Santorum?
Now I get it that it would be a lot cooler to have Herman Cain as a brother than those other guys, but I don't think that's what Perry's getting at.
"Hey brother, why don't you come on down to Niggerhead Ranch, and we can go fishin'!" I don't see that happening. Yes, in case you didn't know, that was the name of Rick Perry's Ranch: Niggerhead.
Now I'm not saying Rick Perry is a racist (although I do think he's gay), nor do I think he named his ranch Niggerhead. I am not saying that. But I feel like somewhere along the way during his political career someone asked, "Hey Rick, is there anything you want to tell us about? Anything at all? Anything that could jump up and bite us in the ass when we least expect it?"
"Nope. Nothing comes to mind."
"Rick, are you sure? Think about your family, history, anything racially insensitive or sexist? Anything?"
"Nope. Sorry, Bob. Nothing comes to mind...Alright, you all have a good weekend. If you need me I'll be down at Niggerhead..."
Michelle Bachman had the finest moment in the entire debate; the least spoken about as well. At one point, in response to whether she would ever cut funding for the military, she said, "No" and that she would "support Israel, our most important ally..." and that she even wants countries like "Iraq to reimburse us for liberating them..."
What. What? Huh? You fucking serious, you whack job? Holy shit, what? You think Iraq should PAY US BACK FOR LIBERATING THEM?
Stop talking, please.
Finally, one of the oddest parts of the whole debate/conservative thing is how far we've come from 1995, when Newt Gingrich helped lead our nation's charge to the right. It reminds me of the movie "I Am Legend", where they think they cured cancer only to find out they've destroyed society. Well done, Newt.
Sticking with Newt though, it's scary to me that he's actually the most viable candidate! If I had to list in order who I wanted to come out of the Republican field it would be:
1) Michelle Bachman
2) Herman Cain
3) Rick Perry
4) Rick Santorum
5) Ron Paul
6) Mitt Romney
7) Newt Gingrich
IN THAT ORDER!
There are actually 3 people who I believe are more likely to lose than Rick Santorum! And this is a dude who slept in bed with a dead fetus! And he's running 4th? Holy fucken aye, you have to be shitting me.
So that's right, Newt Gingrich makes the most sense, and straight up against Obama he probably wins. Obama is right now at a 50/50 mark, and that will improve against most of these clowns. But against Gingrich? He was a douchebag in the 90s, but people probably look back fondly on those days now. He wasn't insane.
Put Gingrich against Obama and it becomes the "Newt the moderate" against "Obama the liberal." That's how fucked up shit has become.
That Newt Gingrich is the middle of the road candidate, who would beat Obama, but his party is too stupid to realize that the guy who began so much of this nonsense is someone they don't even want.
Alright, I'm off to Niggerhead to relax.