The GOP candidates for president — Are we done with these guys yet? I mean … I am done, but are we all done? Last Wednesday was what was (hopefully) their last debate of the primary season. This was debate number 20. I say “enough”, but then I’m not a Republican, so I really don’t have the right to tell the Pubs what to do in their own debate schedule. Still …
This was how it went, ICYMI: This was the type of debate it was — CNN Moderator John King asked the candidates to describe themselves in one word. The candidates offered various words — Ron Paul: “Consistent”. Rick Santorum: “Courage” (as opposed to “Courageous”, which would have been an adjective, but anyway …). Mitt Romney: “Resolute”. Newt Gingrich: “Cheerful”. You heard me — Newt Gingrich said “Cheerful”. Okay, then.
Libertarian ideologue Rep. Ron Paul had a field day pointing out Sen. Rick Santorum’s willingness to throw his conservative principles under the bus for what is seen as political advantage. Paul called Santorum a “fake” in a new campaign ad, and to his face at the debate.
At the very end of the debate, moderator John King asked the candidates what are the misconceptions that the public has about them that they would like to address. The candidates answered sincerely — except for Romney, who went off on a tangent about how America is broken and he’s going to fix it. When King pressed the issue and said that the question is about “misconceptions”, Romney said testily: “You get to ask the questions you want, I get to give the answers I want.” Mitt, sweetie, no. That’s not how debates work. But whatever.
To top off all of that, after the debate was finished, Rick Santorum was apparently so jazzed up about Ron Paul’s accusations against him, that he actually clocked Ron Paul before he left the stage. Hey Rick — Ron Paul is 76 years old and only weighs a few pounds. He’s way older and smaller than you! Give him a break!
So, that’s the way it was last Wednesday. Hopefully, that’s all. We’ve had enough, and it’s time to move on. In the words of the late great singer/songwriter Peter Allen:
“Your money can no longer get you a ride,
We’re closin’ down, so step aside.
This sideshow is leavin’ town …”