It was a perfect Florida Republican Presidential Primary day for four imperfect candidates. It was fresh and clean – nothing like the primary, itself.
Mitt Romney won – convincingly. He ran 13,000 TV commercials. Just about all of them negative. And he won. Unofficially it was 46% for Romney, 32 for Newt Gingrich, 13 for Rick Santorum and 7% for ‘why bother’ Ron Paul. Finishing off the numbers, Romney gained 50 winner-take-all delegates for a total of 70 to Gingrich’s 32, Santorum’s 13 and ‘why bother’s 7.
So the All-American tax-dodger emerges victorious and appears to have the inside track for future contests. For his acceptance speech he was preceded on stage by his adult 100 million dollar (and growing) trust fund babies and aging Barbie Doll dress up wife, Ann. When the victor finally skipped across the stage, looking like he’d just downed a couple of Red Bulls, he immediately launched into an attack on our President as if he’d already wrapped up the nomination.
I used to be indifferent to Romney and his gilded goofiness. A little rich kid turned into a bigger rich adult never wanting for anything-ever! But I’m starting to actually dislike this citizen tax cheat. I dislike him mainly for his attacks on Obama. Truth be told, he couldn’t carry the President’s jock on his best day.
I’m tired of Romney’s endless transparent distortions of blame when any thinking human knows that every particle of that blame rests on the doorstep of another spoiled rich adult, George W. Bush. It was the Bush deregulated anything goes swoon before banks and Wall Street that destroyed the housing market and almost killed the economy. That’s why the republican hierarchy won’t allow George out of his yard this campaign season.
Barack Obama inherited the most challenging economic rebuilding job of modern times all while battling a hateful welcome wagon of Tea Party obstructionists intent on the destruction of the Obama administration and not incidentally, many people’s economic lives. Their strategy is to get their guy elected by making the president look incompetent by blocking all his programs that would benefit most Americans.
It’s downright obscene that Romney has dedicated his life to eschewing the democratically inherent responsibility of giving a nominal percentage of his callous-free, multi-millions to the government. A fraction of that money can be distributed to those who were not only born with no silver spoons in their mouths, but quite likely had never even eaten with a silver spoon when they ate at all.
Listening to such meaningless drivel as the Romney saying his campaign is about “Saving the soul of America” would be laughable if it wasn’t so offensive at its core. Obama has conducted himself with extraordinary decorum as partisan republicans line up daily in political firing squads. He’s a family man of fidelity and he pays his taxes.
What the hell is, “Saving the soul of America?.” Is it shooing a consummately worthy black man out of the WHITE house? Perhaps Romney doesn’t want any ‘soul’ in America, at least not at the center of power.
He followed with that relentless mantra of repealing Obamacare to raucous cheers. Do any republicans ever ask – repeal what? The GOP is remarkably incurious. They absorb without comment or challenge, everything they’re told by their political masters, Fox News and right-wing talk radio. Repeal what? Being covered by health insurance if you have a pre-existing condition? Having no annual or lifetime limits on your coverage? Closing the donut hole? Year preventive checkups with no co-pays? What exactly is it you want to repeal?
Romney and his fellow candidates all want to repeal every syllable of Obamacare. I’ve never heard a republican disagree publicly or privately. The candidates constantly yell out “And I will REPEAL Obamacare.” It never fails to draw cheers among the abysmally uninformed.
Later, the thoroughly beaten Gingrich appeared with an updated ‘Contract with America’ and of course the obligatory Obama insult, “If Barack Obama gets elected it will be a disaster for America.” As explained earlier, the Bush administration was a disaster for America. Obama, if left to his own devises and even minimal cooperation from the opposition could go down as a truly great president. Gingrich didn’t forget the obligatory call for repealing Obamacare. There was a call for other repeals as well; among them the Dodd-Frank bill because it’s supposedly ‘killing’ Independent banks. Newsflash…these banks begged for the bill because the monster banks were indeed ‘killing’ the Independent and Community banks.
Santorum and Paul also said a few words. They were in Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada respectively. They’re getting an early start on the next stop, the Nevada caucuses. Paul might embarrass the lot of them as he’s pretty much got the caucus genre mastered.
Object lesson from this latest Primary. Dirty money buys dirty tricks and yields a dirty win. It’s going to be a long climb out of the gutter for at least two of the four candidates.