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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What a country!

We were all taught as children that anyone boy (and now girl) can grow up and run for president. Republicans certainly seem to be proving that one.

In the last day alone, a 75-year-old, two-time loser who says he would have voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act tossed his hat in the ring. Some see Dr. Ron Paul as a stalking horse for his son, Dr. Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator who says if Americans have a right to health care, he's nothing but a (well-compensated) slave.

Meanwhile, former Mayor (and one-time loser) Rudy Giuliani was also up in New Hampshire, bringing to two the number of annoying New Yorkers roaming around the Granite State.

Farther afield, we have the thrice-married former Speaker of House declaring himself to be a candidate for the position of Scold-in-Chief.

Not to be outdone, Minnesota's Michele Bachmann is out to prove she does know something about history (if not the Constitution), offering a variation on Paul Revere's one-if-by-land, two-if-by-sea theme, asking donors for $25 if they want her to run for reelection, or $50 or $100 if they want her to chase the White House.

One problem with the fund-raising letter: if Bachmann says the "liberal media" credits her with being a "conservative stalwart" in opposing Barack Obama, why should she believe them?

All of which leaves Our Man Myth in need of orthopedic relief for the contortions he is doing over health care -- and Republican primary voters with a serious case of the grumps.

Only ones winning? Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will NEVER run out of material.

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