Friday, May 20, 2011

The presidency in these hands?

As Republicans with searing presidential fever self-destruct like falling dominoes, voters rightly should be alarmed by the utter lack of character and competence of candidates who want to control the destiny of the United States.

The GOP's glibbest retread, Newt Gingrich, is the most appalling. His smears of President Obama—suggesting that Obama pursues policies of the Nazi state—are unprecedented. And now his aimless flip-flop on health care, not to mention the unexplained $500,000 revolving jewelry account at the pricey Tiffany's, has ignited widespread rebukes from important fellow Republicans.

Gingrich is "done," says conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer.

Sheer arrogant stupidity is former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's failing. When Sen. John McCain, supported by the CIA, said "enhanced interrogation" did not disclose the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden's lair, Santorum sniffed that McCain doesn't understand the benefits of torture. McCain, as the world knows, endured more than five years of torture as a POW.

Lack of spine is Mitt Romney's weakness. He's repudiating the obvious similarities between President Obama's health reform and RomneyCare in Massachusetts.

Although his campaign was a hoax from the beginning, swaggering Donald Trump thought the presidency could be swindled on the cheap with Obama's birthplace controversy.

Next up: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who calls the Obama White House "gangsta government" and members of Congress "anti-American." She's intellectually the emptiest. Snooki of TV's "Jersey Shore" would be a smarter choice.

The GOP's got to offer better than these.

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