Driving home this evening, I tuned my car's satellite radio to MSNBC. I wanted to hear at least a little bit of the Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, California.
If I'd heard more, my head might have exploded -- the rhetoric was that ridiculous. I couldn't understand why the audience didn't laugh out loud at some of the answers candidates gave to questions.
For example, Ron Paul ranted on about the uselessness of building a fence along the Mexican border to deter illegal immigration. He said that this fence could just as easily keep people in the country, not allowing them to leave.
I wasn't aware that there were throngs of American citizens clustering at the border, trying to make their way to Mexico without a passport, desperate to escape the hell of an Obama economy, a tall fence being the only thing keeping them inside the United States.
“Every time you think about this toughness on the border and ID cards and REAL IDs, think it’s a penalty against the American people too. I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people controls. Every time you think about the fence, think about the fences being used against us, keeping us in.”
Michelle Bachmann didn't think it was in our national interest to help the Libyan people get rid of Gaddafi.
Ignorantly and wrongly, she said Obama was forced by the United Nations to intervene in Libya. Actually, it was Obama and Hillary Clinton who skillfully put together an international coalition to defeat Gadaffi, choosing for the U.S. to "lead from behind" to avoid giving Gadaffi a boost by enabling him to say, this is another example of American imperialism, just like Iraq.
Jon Huntsman was the only Republican presidential candidate who sounded like a normal rational human being. It's too bad that his web site sucks, and he's only polling at about 1%, last I heard.
That sounds about right: one in a hundred Republican primary voters appreciate moderation, intelligence, courtesy, honesty, and science. On most issues I don't agree with Huntsman, but I respect how he presents his views reasonably and rationally.
When Huntsman announced his candidacy I was worried that he could be a tough match-up against Obama in 2012. He could appeal to a lot of independent voters who are more conservative than my wife and I are, yet haven't lost their senses by imbibing too much Tea Party crap.
Fortunately for Obama, the leading Republican presidential candidates won't appeal to middle-of-the-road voters.
It was a breath of fresh air to hear Huntsman talk about how the Republican Party can't deny the reality of global warming when 98 out of 100 leading climatologists affirm that human-caused climate change is happening. Huntsman also -- shock! -- committed the heresy of saying that he believes in evolution.
We live in disturbing times.
It's absolutely crazy that no one is capable of winning the Republican presidential nomination unless he/she is anti-science and pro-creationism. But the good news for us progressives is that it won't be possible for a wacked-out Republican nominee to beat Obama in the general election.
Yay! Four more years! Thank you, Tea Party. You're going to hand Obama another term, even in a terrible economy, because you dominate the Republican primary process.