well, my reactions.
First... With the exception of paul and Gingrich, all
of them are campaigning on not being Barack Obama. The Republicans tried this strategy in
2008, when all of their platforms were "I'm not Hillary Clinton." It failed miserably for them, even before the Democratic primaries showed it
wasn't going to be Clinton. it's going to fail for them here, as well. Gingrich or Paul will thus likely be the last man standing - and the way the
Republicans work, Gingrich will be the one to "win." Romney will try to buy is way in - again - and fail miserably - again.
All of the candidates advocate the same idiot policies that got us into this mess, economically speaking. All eight, straight down the line, "reward
the rich, punish the poor." At least three of them support reducing the capital gains tax to 0%. Cain advocates passing laws that permanently freeze
the top tax level at 25%. All of them then further advocate policies that will decrease
the business ability of main street, create far greater
economic insecurity among the already-poor, and punish all of those who fall into that category henceforth. They're all complete and utter dribbling
idiots, and I'm seriously thinking they make a strong case for the return of the guillotine. Not a single one of them understand how the economy
actually works, because all eight of them - every last one of the bastards - is perfectly insulated from the economic realities Americans face every
Not a single one of them have a coherent response to questions about immigration. There are swift, obvious solutions; cease policies that make
emigration from these peoples' home states so appealing. If we were to end NAFTA, illegal immigration from Latin America would slow to an absolute
crawl. Ron Paul almost
came close; he touched on the drug war. But ultimately when nowhere.
Mitt Romney doesn't believe in raising taxes... ever. Mitt Romney is thus still a dumbass. NEXT! Pawlenty...? NEXT! Wait... all
Jesus, what a pack of gibbering apes.
I love that Pawlenty keeps bragging about how he stacked hte courts for a specific political agenda rather than constitutional knowledge. Sadly, I
doubt hte notion of judicial legislation bothers many in the audience, so long as it's of a sort they agree with.
Michelle Bachman doesn't seem to realize that all fifty states have their own constitutions which grant them a variety of legal abilities within that
state.Paul follows up by suggesting that medical care be open to the forces of the "free market" then complains about corporatism. Make up your
Oh! Here we go, Pawlenty starts it off. Let's pass around that dead military guy and see who can hump the corpse the hardest! Gingrich refuses to
realize that being called on his own BS is not a "gotcha."
Santorum supports killing Iranians over fantasy, and in the same breath condemns Assad for killing people. You might say... he's in a froth?
"There should be no daylight between us and Israel?" Dumbass. Even if htey're our "allies" the fact is that by definition all nation states are,
at the very best, still frienemies. Total trust with another nation will just get you raped and robbed.
Ron Paul sits them all down and schools them about Iran. if only he weren't so stupefyingly, gloriously, numbingly wrong in every other department.
Decent foreign policy, nightmarish domestic policy.
Santorum's gonna cryyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Bewhewhew!
As we go into the questions about gay marriage, Huntsman doesn't even try to stand by his record, and Paul looks like he's about to eat the podium.
Santorum, on abortion, seems to leave the notion that there is a woman involved between rapist and child completel out of the equation; she clearly
does not matter. Nothing more than a warm damp place for the precious tax serf / military conscript to grow. Unless it's also female, in which case
it too can look forward to a long productive life as a breeding bitch in Santormum's babymill enterprise.
So... my reaction?
Paul's the strongest one you guys have. Unfortunately, he has a lot
of weak points and contradictory srtances. Gingrich... gives me the
impression that he's already the "chosen one." Cain seems to be VP material for either one of them. The rest are a sideshow to the sideshow.