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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Do As I Say Brigade

One things clear from the Republican debates: the candidates are great at saying one thing while doing another.

Rick Santorum had his turn on the Hypocrite Hot Seat at the GOP debate last night, defending his congressional record from a furious onslaught by Mitt Romney, the unmatched -- and unashamed -- flip-flop king.
“While I was fighting to save the Olympics, you were fighting to save the ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ ” Romney said, drawing upon a noted symbol of government excess to drive home his point against Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator.
Of course taxpayers had a lot to do with that save, kicking in more than $79 million in earmarked procured through the use of five lobbying firms.

That was good enough for the red meat-eating crowd, that was booing Santorum by the end of the evening. Of course the millions the Romney campaign and Super PACs have spent beating up Santorum didn't hurt.

Speaking of campaign spending, Romney needed something to turn attention away from the fact he spent nearly three times more than he took in during January, hardly the type of credential one would expect from a candidate promising to take a battle ax to the federal budget.

But Our Man Myth made a bad misstep, pointing to his "accomplishment" of "balancing four budgets" during his term in the Corner Office.

That left Santorum a hole big enough to drive a General Motors truck through:
‘‘Don’t go around bragging about something you have to do. Michael Dukakis balanced the budget for 10 years — does that make him qualified to be president of the United States? I don’t think so.’’
Ouchie.

The debate was billed as the last of 20 GOP get-together, leaving some wanting more of the events that did little more than boost the ratings of the outlets carrying them. Esquire's inimitable Charlie Pierce waxed nostalgic:
“They should invite the whole cast back, all the people who left the show for their own spinoffs, the way they brought Rhoda and Phyllis back when Mary Richards got fired at WJM,” alluding to the classic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Although their man often had a bulls-eye on his back during these jousts, it's likely the Obama camp may miss them too. Some of the arrows aimed at him veered so far to the right the images are likely to resurface during the reelection campaign ad blitz.

As for me, I'll stick with my NCIS reruns.

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