Clownary may not be the best word, I’m open to suggestions for the phenomenon where a candidate makes utterly false statements dripping with self-confidence for the error and oozing contempt for the facts. But whatever the term, last night’s GOP debate was disappointing. There were plenty of losing statements, few zingers, and the biggest loser of all had to be CBS news, which could not manage a live stream feed and cut off every decent answer with a timer buzzing or need to go to a 5 minute commercial break. CBS even managed to accidentally send Michelle Bachmann’s campaign an internal email about how they would ‘limit her” in the debate. Epic Fail.
Michelle Bachmann pining for an America more like the People’s Republic of China, where she believes there is no social safety net or big government interference in the people’s bidness. The facts are China is one of the most repressive governments in the world, throttling everything from Twitter or Google, and they have a robust and growing patchwork system of universal healthcare for all. As far as leaving business alone, the last time a group of businesses screwed up hurt some people, the Chinese government tried the CEOs and strung ‘em up publicly in less than a week. This all went down while moderators ignored the one expert on China standing at a podium, Jon Huntsman.
Rick Perry surprised the crowd simply by not fucking up royally as he has in the last several debates. He managed to get in a jab at foreign aid, which I’m all for examining. It’s just that Perry failed to mention foreign aid accounts for a tiny fraction of the US budget and the majority of it goes to Israel or to anti-terrorism related efforts anyway. Cutting the few paltry millions left over actually earmarked to keep kids in poor, war-torn regions from starving to death on camera wouldn’t even amount to a decent tax-cut for the Paris Hilton’s of America.
Herman Cain managed to keep his mouth mostly shut, while Romney and Gingrich battled one another in the contest of who would be the most anxious to send other people’s children and spouses to invade Iran.
In short the Republicans have no foreign policies successes to speak of, a massive cluster-fucks to distance themselves from, a big problem in a debate purportedly about foreign policy. And they built killing terrorists into such a massive part of their party’s ideology, that it was next to impossible to find and throw Obama hating red meat seeing as this President has knocked off Somali pirates, killed several terrorist kingpins, and personally gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden. Watching them try wasn’t even entertaining, it was just boring.