The DNC wasted no time in releasing an ad critiquing last night’s New Hampshire Republican debate as a fluff fest that offered no economic plans, and never mentioned the middle class.
Here is the ad:
The ad is right. The GOP contenders went 2 hours without mentioning the middle class once. Nobody offered an economic plan that was any more than what George W. Bush offered in 2000. (We need to get the economy moving with more tax cuts was the popular answer in the room). The Republicans seemed more concerned about NASA and outer space than they did about Americans suffering here on Earth.
Herman Cain spent more time talking about trains than an actual economic plan. Michele Bachmann’s answer was to repeal everything. Ron Paul was off on his usual monetary policy jaunt. Tim Pawlenty was too busy playing the wimp card and avoiding confrontation to actually talk about issues, unless the issue was abortion. Mitt Romney managed to go two hours without saying anything of substance, which is to say that he was Mitt Romney.
Each of the Republican contenders spent the debate trying to whip up anger about the economy, and trying out Obama hate one another. The strategy was simple. They were all auditioning for the job of fall attack dog on Obama.
The DNC ad drove their message of lightness home with some nice soft piano music. It was the same kind of music that is often heard in movies when the exterior shot of the rest home is shown on the screen.
A rest home would be a great place to hold these debates and these candidates. Most of the faces on the stage were national political has beens (Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Paul), and the ideas expressed were so old that they reached their expiration date in 1992.
This debate was worthy of ridicule, because the GOP class of 2012 makes the 2008 primary crop look like all stars and rocket scientists. Between now and spring, I suspect that the DNC is going to have a lot of material to work with.
Get the rocking chairs because these candidates and their moldy oldie Republican greatest hits are already set to be put out to pasture.