The Republican presidential primary debates are comedy at its finest. First of all, the liberal news media are hosting the conservative presidential debates, then liberal news commentators screen all the questions that each conservative presidential candidate receives, and finally, liberal political analysts coagulate together immediately after each debate to tell conservative viewers who won. It’s almost conspiratorial.
From the moment he entered the presidential race, the liberal news media have tried to declare Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee, specifically, because he has spent the last five years running for President and the Republican establishment in Washington D.C. endorse him. Much to all of their dismay, dissatisfied conservative Republicans and Independents have not coalesced around their candidate of choice and something unexpected happened.
Rick Santorum won Iowa, Mitt Romney took New Hampshire, and Newt Gingrich captured South Carolina.
The political élite of both parties have one HUGE thing in common, they want to put a quick end to the Republican primary debates.
Obviously, Democrats do not want any Republican candidates to stand a chance at winning the presidency from Barack Obama in 2012 and, as far as the establishment goes, Republican leaders claim to fear that a prolonged debating cycle will make whoever wins the nomination more vulnerable to Barack Obama in the general elections.
Contrary to their claims, these “prolonged” debates will help whatever candidate gets nominated to “air dirty laundry” and have their act “dry-cleaned” by the time the general election hits. What Republican leaders fear is the same thing that Democrat leaders fear; a continued debate over conservative values will begin to resonate, highlighting the voting records and political stances of Congress.
The fact is, conservatives are tired of centrist Republicans who feel they need the support of liberal voters and the approval of the mainstream media to win elections. Republicans control the House of Representatives because they promised to hold the line against the reckless fiscal policies of the Democrats in 2010. Instead, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, Republicans have given Democrats almost everything they’ve asked for and have not gotten a single thing in return except grief. Every incumbent Congressional Republican should worry about their political futures as much as their ‘supposed’ Democrat opponents in 2012 because they are proven politically weak.
The Newt Bomb
Newt Gingrich has made a huge impact in the debates by combining his background as a historian with a conservative message and a willingness to aggressively take on the liberal media and the political elites. Quite literally, there is no one else running with more intimate legislative knowledge and political expertise than the former House Speaker.
However, after watching him in the debates, I’ve noticed a single irritating flaw in many of Mr. Gingrich’s theoretical arguments:
When ‘called out’ for helping to craft or supporting liberal legislation, he will, normally, say that it was not the original intent of the program. In his eyes, it was the mismanagement or abuse of the program, not the program itself, that it to fail.
Mr. Speaker, you can not control what happens in future politics and politicians can not mismanage, abuse, or pander votes with Federal programs that do not exist.
Because of politicians like Newt Gingrich, the individual mandate to Obama-care is in the Supreme Court and if the States opposing it lose their argument, the Federal government will have gained the right to force Americans to buy any products or services they see fit in the future.
Because of politicians like Newt Gingrich, illegal immigration laws in America are a joke. The whole argument of illegals working here for years and paying taxes is moot because to obtain a legal job in America, citizens must present a valid social security number. If an illegal immigrant has a job and pays taxes, he/she has a stolen identity, breaking United States law yet again.
Gee, thanks Newt!
No one doubts in Newt Gingrich’s ‘ability’ to run the Executive Branch of the United States government, the problem is T–R–U–S–T. Gingrich is a wildcard who could be classified as politically bi-polar because, in reality, he supports as many progressive pieces of legislation and stances as conservative ones.
Ron Paul has some difficult question to answer before majorities of voting Americans will consider him a practical choice. Sometimes, I wonder if Dr. Paul knows this already but wants to use the Republican presidential primaries as a forum to spread a good and decent political message to the youth.
“Go back to the Constitution, pay attention to your representatives, quit allowing them to recklessly print, tax, and spend the U.S. dollar, and stop allowing them to wage wars without clear and concise resolutions on how to end them.”
The Conservative Underdog
Have you tried Google to search for Rick Santorum and read through the first page of results? The personal attacks are ruthless because Santorum angered gay marriage advocates by vocally and legislatively opposing them, enraged pro-choice groups by vocally and legislatively opposing their Federal funding, and have International and public sector unions extremely nervous by suggesting national Right To Work legislation.
During the Republican presidential debates, he’s presented common sense explanations for some of his “questionable” past legislative decisions while maintaining an unapologetic social and fiscal conservative position. On the flip side, Rick Santorum’s campaign funding has been sporadic and his debating performances lack the luster and spit shine of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
Lets Get Real
The longer the Republican presidential primary debates last, the better vetted and prepared the candidates will be for the general election. The mainstream media will not play an impartial role in the 2012 general election so Romney, Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum need to quit whining about smear ads and campaigns because their REAL opponents will not spare them.
Debates are nothing but glorified arguments, meant to sway the listener into agreement. Professional debate teams exist around the world who are given topics to argue, they may or may not agree with, just for the sake winning a debate. Undoubtedly, Barack Obama is an extravagant debater but, unfortunately, he is also a weak leader.
Conservatives are not looking for another theoretical ideologue, political messiah, or extravagant debater and they do not expect infallibility or perfection in a presidential choice. Liberal place those kinds of unrealistic expectations on their government officials. Conservatives are looking for a person with practical plans to increase employment opportunities, tackle the national deficit, reduce taxes, control government spending, deal with our international enemies, support our international friends, make us energy independent, and stand up to the political elite as well as the liberal media in this country.