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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hair-brained debate

The Serial Flip-Flopper faced off against the new Mouth of the South, violating Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment and leaving those of us in the reality-based community scratching our heads.

There are two things certain after Mitt Romney and Rick Perry dominated the GOP debate at the Reagan Library: the potential GOP nominee will have great hair and even the Gipper wouldn't be welcome in the party that venerates his memory.

Perry once again threw barbs at Social Security, abhorred by the GOP base even while it is revered by millions of Americans. He no doubt confused his anti-intellectual fan base by referring to Galileo in his rejection of global climate change.

But in perhaps his lowest blow, he compared Romney unfavorably to one of his predecessors in the Statehouse Corner office.
“Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt.’’
Not to be outdone, Our Man Myth appealed what passes for the center of the GOP by comparing Perry to his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush:
“Well, as a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessor created jobs at a faster rate than you did, Governor.”
Romney, the closest thing the GOP has to a candidate who could appeal beyond the fringes, was also red meat for his Massachusetts health care law -- with no candidate offering support for the concept that Romney, in typical flip-flop fashion. actually tried to gut even as he signed it.

Those who watched (Snooki won the the time period the last time) were treated to a spectacle of a party that vows to reject anything good for the country that may be good for Barack Obama. They also reject policies, like raising the debt ceiling and yes, even taxes, that even Reagan saw as necessary were necessary after he created the deficit with his memorably named voodoo economics package.

As for me? I think Perry won. He has better hair. No gel.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney sounded almost frantic as he tried to fight Perry on Social Security. His speech patterns did not display any sense of strength at all. I know the man is skilled and accomplished, but watching this political argument didn't inspire any confidence in me.

September 08, 2011 10:14 AM  

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