Confessions of GOP politicians

ThinkProgress has an outstanding blog journal of the Republican candidates’ “debate” from Faux News last night.

Among the more interesting highlights:

9:07: Romney says he wouldn’t raise the debt ceiling without first rewriting the Constitution to make it impossible to fund Social Security, Medicare and the military at the same time.

9:12 Newt Gingrich rings in with first mention of Ronald Reagan at debate. Says Reagan’s 1981 tax cut led to seven years of growth. Gingrich failed to mention Reagan’s 1982 tax increase.

9:17: Pawlenty wants people to look at his record in Minnesota. Like one-third of his budget relying on the 2009 Recovery Act?

9:20 Bachmann says she “fought cap and trade” by introducing legislation to reverse lightbulb efficiency laws, which has nothing to do with a cap-and-trade system.

9:33: Cain chides Chris Wallace, tells him he never said that Americans have the right to ban mosques in their community. That’s exactly what he said–to Wallace.

9:35: Herman Cain says that a combination of “high fences and wide open doors” is the principle the country was founded on. In fact, immigration into the United States was completely unlimited until the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Immigration from Latin America was unrestricted until the second half of the 20th century.

9:40: “I don’t believe in raising taxes,” Romney said. Yet in a 2004 presentation to Standard & Poor’s, his administration touted tax hikes as a reason that Massachusetts should get its credit rating raised to AA.

9:53: Romney said he would issue a waiver invalidating ObamaCare on his first day in office. A president doesn’t have that authority.

9:55: “I will not rest until we have a filibuster-proof Senate,” Bachmann said. Yeah, like that will happen.

9:57 Santorum scores with first gay-bashing of the night, taking a hit at Bachmann for saying that marriage should be left to the states. He generally attacks federalist themes from his fellow candidates “there are things the states can’t do,” cites Lincoln as an authority and appears to compare state-initiated marriage equality and Mitt Romney’s universal health care plan to slavery. “Does that mean that the state has the right to impose polygamy? To pass sterilization? No! We are a country based on morals.”

10:29: Byron York asks Bachmann if she would be submissive to her husband as president. Bachmann says that she interprets “submissive” to mean respect. That’s not what that word means to anyone else in the world.

10:36: Santorum says allowing a raped woman to receive an abortion would “put her through another trauma,” so we should force her to carry her rapist’s child for nine months instead.

10:56: In closing, Herman Cain cites a “poet’s” lyrics that “Life can be a challenge / life can seem impossible.” The poet? Disco singer Donna Summer.

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Do we need any *more* reasons not to vote Republican?

A bunch of those pandering, self-contradictory political whores running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination are slithering to even lower levels of the slimy political substrata.

There is a debate among five of them in Greenville SC tonight. Here are the attendees:

  • Rick Santorum
  • Herman Cain
  • Tim Pawlenty
  • Ron Paul
  • Gary Johnson

There are some prominent names missing from the list, but let that pass for the moment; the missing ones may be showing more common sense than normal, because…

…the guest list isn’t the kicker. Take a look at some of the sponsors:

A bunch of crazier, more outstandingly ignorant pinheads you’ll rarely see together in one spot. And shame on the South Carolina Republican Party for allowing these hate- and fear-mongers to participate in what should have been an event about facts instead of being about religious hysteria,  homophobia, and out-and-out lies.

Associate Press and Reuters are not attending the debate, which seems unusual until you read AP’s stated reasons for not showing:

This is to inform you that The Associated Press is not planning to cover Thursday night’s Republican presidential candidate debate in South Carolina because of restrictions placed on media access. The debate sponsors, Fox News Channel and the South Carolina Republican Party, will only allow photos to be taken in the moments ahead of the debate and not during the event itself.

These are restrictions that violate basic demands of newsgathering and differ from other debates where more access was granted. Accordingly, the AP will not staff the event in any format nor will the AP disseminate any pool photos taken by another outlet. This is consistent with longstanding policy exercised in coverage of many events.

Should access conditions change, the AP will reassess this decision and expedite a new coverage advisory if warranted.

Gotta control that pesky media, you know. They might find out yet more inconvenient truths.