‘a feast for connoisseurs of political dysfunction’

NYT Editorial: Monday’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire – full of historical error, economic obfuscation, avoidance of hard truths and even outright bigotry – was a feast for connoisseurs of political dysfunction … by evening’s end, they had melted into an indistinguishable mass of privatizing, tax-cutting opponents of Shariah law.

For the moment, the candidates are appealing to a Republican Party whose core is so contorted in fury at Mr. Obama that it barely resembles the one that nominated George W. Bush in 2000. Mr. Bush may have prosecuted the war on terror to excess, but he always reminded the country that it was not at war with Islam. This batch of Republicans has dispensed with such niceties. Herman Cain repeated his earlier statement that he would not be comfortable with a Muslim in his cabinet. Some, he explained, “are trying to kill us.”

None of the other candidates took him to task for this. Mitt Romney, a Mormon who has himself been the subject of religious slurs, at least mentioned the nation’s founding principle of religious tolerance and respect but missed an opportunity to include Muslims. Newt Gingrich tumbled over the historical cliff with the idea, announcing some kind of loyalty oath to serve in his administration, similar to that used in dealing with Nazis and Communists….

….The field was silent on so many things: how to cover those without health insurance, how to improve education while slashing budgets, which popular programs to cut after the onslaught of tax reductions. It is much easier, apparently, to impress Republican voters with the facile argument that President Obama has failed.

But, at some point, those voters are going to want these candidates to start making some distinctions among themselves, and that will require far more truth-telling than was evident on Monday.

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Thank you ‘Africa’ 😉

10 Responses to “‘a feast for connoisseurs of political dysfunction’”

  1. 1 Fred
    June 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    yes I keep saying these racist;homophobic;xenophobic fools are all parrots who keep repeating the same things over and over so THANK YOU NT for pointing it out 🙄

    tax cuts
    Shariah Law
    no EPA
    no HCR
    against gays

  2. 3 Debz
    June 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    This editorial is dead on. How can any of these fools be spouting all of this hatred and think they would be able to attract general election voters? If they think no one will notice this hatred they are spewing, they are mistaken.
    Thanks Chips for the new post, I don’t have to look at that other photo now.

    • 4 StR
      June 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Because they’ll veer hard to the center and the GE voter will never hear of their primary statements and quotes. And if any are brought up they’ll walk them back or say they were misquoted or taken out of context and the MSM will let them get away with it because they want a horse race because it makes their jobs easier and is good for busine$$.

      It was recently said by somebody in the Obama Campaign – whoever wins the GOP Primary is going to have a floor of 47% of the vote no matter who it is. And that is both very scary and very true.

  3. June 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Well done Chips & thank you Africa.. I loved that line, the whole article is lip-smacking delicious 😉 and SPOT-ON. However, I’m not so sure that its accurate to assume this: “, at some point, those voters are going to want these candidates to start making some distinctions among themselves, and that will require far more truth-telling than was evident on Monday”.. I’m afraid that at this point as looney as republican voters & some independents have become.. that they don’t care about any distinction other than that none of these ‘candidates’ are Barack Obama. they like them some white meat.. and for some that really is all they’re hungry for.

    • 6 Debz
      June 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      LOL Sherijr, “they like them some white meat”

    • 8 africa
      June 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Here is one thing the NYT missed: I think the responses from these guys also reflects on the moderator. What kinds of questions did he ask and what kind of follow-ups were there? They save their disrespect and bile for our intelligent president, always looking to see if they can trip him up. Ha.

      Who can blame the candidates if they know they are going to be spoon fed and given questions that will warrant such idiotic answers.

      Like the article said, at some point they will all have to come up with plans of their own, instead of I hate PBO, gays, muslims, the EPA, government, taxes, etc.

  4. June 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark, under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stop your heart. Oh it was just Romney, Pawlenty, Griginch, Cain, Buchmann, Santourm, Huntsmann.

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