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.

“Wadda ya want? Eggs in ya beer??”

Let’s do a quick run down of the declared* and not-so-declared GOP presidential wannabes:

  • Herman Cain*
  • Tim Pawlenty*
  • Michele Bachmann*
  • Mitt Romney*
  • Newt Gingrich*
  • Sarah Palin
  • Jon Huntsman*
  • Gary Johnson*
  • Ron Paul*
  • Rick Santorum
  • Buddy Roehmer
  • Rick Perry

Eight declared candidates, four more prominent possibilities, and a big handful of maybes.

And with all this, 71% of GOP voters want to see more candidates??

It’s not a restaurant menu, folks. If you don’t think you’ve got enough choice to choose, you should tell the yahoos in the above list that fact.

The proper question is “who let the idiots out?”

Here is a most egregious, despicable, sexist effort on the part of the Republican Party in the state that I am rapidly becoming disappointed to live in (Minnesota):

So what are we saying here? Superficial looks over intelligence and substance? Tits over brains? Just for one, Madeleine Albright alone has done more to serve America and its interests than the entire selection of Republican women in the video. You’ve got to love the comments of Randy Brown, the alleged human website administrator who posted it:

“[I]ts only intention was to bring a smile to a few peoples faces, and possibly irritate a few others. Is it fair? Does that matter? It wasn’t intended to be fair. It was intended to be funny.”

What’s even more interesting is that there has been no hue and cry from the GOP for the heads of those made, approved, and posted the video on my state’s GOP web site (since removed from there and from the original YouTube page “due to copyright issues”).

The state party “deplores” the video, reportedly. The local GOP district (SD56) is now taking heat for it.

I’m telling you, folks. Sometimes heads mounted on pikes is the only sure way to stop this sort of nonsense.

Deep in the heart of Texas (yeeeuchh!)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m from Texas originally.

That’s not something I say too loudly these days. It seems like someone handed the keys to the asylum to the inmates in Austin these days.

The 2010-11 GOP platform came out recently. The committee that excreted this pitiful piece of ignorance (headed by state representative Wayne Christian) did an exceptional job of flaunting self-interest and ignorance like it was a new suit. Here’s an excerpt from the platform paper:

Are they fucking kidding? “Breakdown of the family unit?” “The spread of dangerous, communicable diseases?” “Tears at the fabric of society?” (The total tipoff is, of course, “Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God…”)

The platform includes some raving lunatic’s notion that people who assist in getting gay people married to each other should be considered felons.

Doesn’t this sound a lot like Uganda?