Please, merciful powers that be, get this ridiculous election cycle over with…soon, I don’t think I can stand any more! It doesn’t matter who the Republican candidate is, all of them have long since demonstrated their unsuitability for the office of the President. Pathetic would be too generous a term for any of them. If Obama doesn’t beat the Republican candidate, whoever it is, by a landslide it will only prove that our voters are utter nincompoops. This is not to say Obama is so great, only to observe that all of these Republican candidates are unimaginably awful. If you could add them all together you might have someone qualified to be a small town dogcatcher. I don’t care how much money Romney has, how righteous Santorum thinks he is, how much experience Gingrich claims, or what Ron Paul’s nonsensical program is, they are all absolute losers.
Romney’s latest proof of incompetence comes in the form of his claim that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe, a claim so devoid of thought, so excruciatingly stupid, so “last century,” as to automatically disqualify him from even thoughts of the Presidency. And when you couple this with his apparent desire to immediately go to war with Iran you realize you are dealing with someone so potentially dangerous as to be totally unfit for office. In terms of Foreign Policy experience Romney seems to occupy the same level of unreality as Sarah Palin (who can see Russia from her house and wants to debate Obama). Romney may or may not have been a successful businessman, but nations are not run for profit and should require at least a minimal grasp of the rest of the world.
Rick Santorum has somehow managed to survive as a candidate all this time in spite of his borderline lunacy. If Romney has completely blown the Latino vote, Santorum has done him one better by alienating the female vote. Anyone who would seriously champion doing away with contraception in the 21st century either is completely brainless or politically suicidal. Similarly, anyone who thinks they can just return to DADT has little control over their mouth. And speaking of Santorum’s mouth, he has gone to great lengths to portray Romney as the single most awful candidate to face Obama there is (because of Romneycare) and that he, Santorum, is the only viable conservative candidate. Oh, and by the way, he has now said he would be happy to be Romney’s Vice Presidential candidate! I’m all for it, an ecumenical ticket that could only be dreamed about. The sinking of the Titanic would look like a picnic compared to a Romney/Santorum ticket.
Gingrich should never have been in the race in the first place, should never have been given air time by the MSM, and has been in it only to sell books and give us the benefit of his egomaniacal pontificating. Newt Gingrich, probably one of the nation’s greatest confidence men, who has somehow convinced Republicans he is their intellectual superstar (“In the kingdom of the blind a one-eyed man is king”). It has been said that his comments on Obama’s statement about the Trayvon Martin killing were reprehensible. They were, but what would you expect from the poster boy of reprehensible? He is finally showing signs of maybe getting out of the race, good riddance, the sooner the better.
I suppose I should at least mention Ron Paul although he seems to have slipped into the background of late. Jack Benny said that Percy Kilbride was his favorite comedian, Ron Paul is mine. Aside from his wonderful anti-war position, his ideas on government and human culture are still locked up somewhere in the OK corral.
I find it difficult, even painful, to imagine what the next few months will bring us on the way to the November election. As Republicans have managed to alienate Hispanics, Women, the elderly, the young, those needing health care, Muslims, Gays and Lesbians, and as they will also not get the Black vote, I can only assume President Obama and the democrats should win in a landslide. But with control of the voting machines, suppressing the vote wherever they can, and so on, perhaps it will be close, as many keep predicting. What with their Superpacs and criminal tactics Republicans may manage to somehow win, a fate now even worse than Bush/Cheney (I would not have thought this possible).
Apparently Zimmerman’s defense is going to be self-defense. He now says (as I understand it) that he was walking back towards his car and was then attacked, knocked down with one punch that broke his nose, and was having his head beaten against the ground when he finally shot Trayvon Martin. So, I guess I am supposed to believe that a 17 year-old boy, who was on his cell phone frightened because he was being pursued, seeing his 200 pound adult pursuer start back to his car, then ran after him and viciously attacked him? I’d much sooner believe in the Tooth Fairy. This case smells so bad it is likely to bring down the entire Miami justice system.
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
H. L. Mencken