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It's come to this

| The Republican debatathon goes on. And on. If anything is clear it is this: none of the above wins this contest in a landslide.

Where are those death panels when you need them? I'm tempted to apply a fairy-tale metaphor to this battery of bozos, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs comes to mind, but I'm not sure which one would be Snow White, and all the dwarfs would have to be called Dopey.

Kathleen Parker recently gave a brilliant recap of their last debate:

Rick Santorum: Mitt, you’re a lying hypocrite, and I’m the only one here who cares about family.

Ron Paul: I’d eliminate the federal government and not even go to work.

Herman Cain: Nine apples, nine oranges, nine lives, whatever.

Mitt Romney: Shut up, I won already.

Rick Perry: I hate your guts, Mr. Vitalis, and I’m gonna take you down.

Newt Gingrich: Yadda-yadda-yadda. You’re all stupid.

Michele Bachmann: I will hunt Mexicans with predator drones, and Barack Obama’s cake is cooked.

More or less.

To a person, they think government is the enemy and any tax is too big — unless, of course, it is on poor people. This week they're falling all over themselves with tax proposals, from Cain's "9-9-9" plan to Perry's "flat tax." What they have in common is that they would dramatically reduce taxes for the very wealthiest Americans and raise them for virtually everybody else. When asked about the fact that his plan would give huge tax cuts to wealthy people, Perry answered, "I don't care about that." Pretty much tells you all you need to know.

Four years ago when the Tea Party was in full snarl, I comforted myself by saying that nobody in their right mind would vote for those crazies. I still think that's true, but it is abundantly clear that I seriously underestimated the number of people who are not in their right mind.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018

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