Friday, November 18, 2011

The best they have?

Watching primary season debates in the past has been pretty much the definition of political geek. Not so this year.

The Republican debates have not been particularly enlightening. Instead, the candidates hover between amusing and terrifying, leaving viewers to wonder, "Is this the best that Republicans have to offer?"

For a while, it was entertaining watching Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann make outlandish pronouncements about abolishing the social safety net of the Great Society. Now she wants to replace it with the social safety net used by the Chinese: begging in the streets. Businessman Herman Cain, according to wife Gloria, is an adherent of traditional practices in their marriage—an old-school kind of guy. According to multiple accusers, Old School Cain has showed us where other women fall in that definition.

The debates have proven brutal to the presidential aspirations of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who can't remember which agencies of government he wants to ax, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who can only remember that his $1.6 million in fees from Freddie Mac are for consulting, not lobbying.

Then there is everyone's second, or third choice, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a perpetual candidate and probable winner of the Republican nomination. He seems to get up each morning and check the direction of the political winds to help him figure out what he believes that day.

What all these candidates seem to know is that they despise President Barack Obama. Unfortunately, that is not enough of a governing philosophy to lead a country through difficult times.

The Republicans owe us more than entertainment.

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