The Republican primary campaign has become more and more tough to watch. While I watched the Fox News/Google debate on Youtube I began to feel the symptoms of U.I.D.F syndrome (Useless Idiotic Debate Fatigue).
-- Jon Huntsman
His strength: He would make a contest between himself and Obama quite interesting
His weakness: He has zero chance of getting nominated by the Teapublicans. The former Utah Gov. who has moderate views on some issues ranks toward the bottom of public opinion polls and is simply not "conservative enough" to win out over his leading competitors.
-- I try not to be judgemental but Herman Cain, his "plan 999 from outer-space", his love for chili (with or without beans) and models seem to be a bit off topic. (kidding, "Herman Cain Explains His 999 Plan") But seriously, Floridians may have fallen in love with the CEO of Godfather's Pizza however on the national stage he can not compete with the juggernaut that is the Obama presidential campaingn in regards to ideas, organization, speech delivery or in regards to debate or even financially.
-- Mitt Romney: One Word "Obamneycare"
-- Michele Bachmann: One Picture...
Don't judge. If you had 5 children and 23 foster children you'd look like that too!
-- Newt Gingrich: One "Meet The Press" Transcript...
MR. GREGORY: What about entitlements? The Medicare trust fund, in stories that have come out over the weekend, is now going to be depleted by 2024, five years earlier than predicted. Do you think that Republicans ought to buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare, turn it into a voucher program where you give seniors...
REP. GINGRICH: Right.
MR. GREGORY: ...some premium support and--so that they can go out and buy private insurance?
REP. GINGRICH: I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate. I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare system with more choices for seniors. But there are specific things you can do. At the Center for Health Transformation, which I helped found, we published a book called "Stop Paying the Crooks." We thought that was a clear enough, simple enough idea, even for Washington. We--between Medicare and Medicaid, we pay between $70 billion and $120 billion a year to crooks. And IBM has agreed to help solve it, American Express has agreed to help solve it, Visa's agreed to help solve it. You can't get anybody in this town to look at it. That's, that's almost $1 trillion over a decade. So there are things you can do to improve Medicare.
MR. GREGORY: But not what Paul Ryan is suggesting, which is completely changing Medicare.
REP. GINGRICH: I, I think that, I think, I think that that is too big a jump. I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options, not one where you suddenly impose upon the--I don't want to--I'm against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change. (source - link)
-- Rick Santorum always looks and sounds constipated. I'd suggest more greens, vegetables and fruit in your diet. Make sure that you have your 6 glasses of water a day and stay active.
I love my American brothers and sisters but we are a shallow bunch aren't we? Not only is he a bit too extreme politically for centrists and independents but his physical appearance is just not "presidential". Historically after the primary contest of either party the nominee tries to move towards the center in order to get the majority of votes from those outside of his/her base....
...good luck with that Mr. "Torture is good, what does John McCain know about torture?" aka candidate "America was a great country before 1965" alias Rick "being homosexual is the equivalent of bigamy, polygamy, sodomy, incest, and "man-on-dog" action" Santorum!
-- Gary Johnson looks as comfortable speaking publicly as this guy...
-- Rick Perry: This is an easy one. His conservative evangelical base may love him but he reminds most Americans of another Texas Governor from our not so long ago past...
The reality may be that these two are not the same. Hell it's rumored that they don't even like each other. But it would be foolish for the Obama campaign not to beat that horse until it is a fine paste.
-- Ron "Let 'em die!" Paul
Assigning Obama the role of evil incarnate, rejoiceing over the absolute goodness of free market capitalism and leading the pep rally for death may fly with the Teapublican base but when it's time to talk to all of America reasonably and Obama is able to defend himself it won't even be a contest.