I wouldn’t be paying much attention to a Democratic debate at this point, much less a Republican one. Though it would be remiss not to acknowledge the horse race has begun. Political Insiders Give Debate Nod to Romney, Bachmann
Republican Insiders thought that Romney was a winner tonight in large part because none of his rivals were able to land any blows that damaged the party’s nominal front-runner. “When you are in the lead every day your opponents don’t knock you back is a good day,” said one GOP Insider. “Made no mistakes, seemed comfortable, and confident,” said another.
There is the Romney seems reasonable enough to attract the independent vote – one which no Republican can win without. I question that as Romney’s biggest asset. As far to the Right as conservatives had moved up to and during the Bush era, they have doubled down. They share the beliefs of some communists who think that Soviet communism did not succeed because it was not radical enough. Many on the Right figure that Romney is their best chance of getting their foot in the door. A Romney administration means packing the administration with as many right-wing ideologues as possible – a move Romney will be obliged to make as pay back for their support and to lay the ground work for his re-election. Pay no attention to the peanut gallery of freeper /militias/tea bagger types. The Bill Krsitols, Richard Mellon Scaifes, the Coors beer family, the Newt Gingriches and John Boehners establishment types still pull the major strings of the right-wing movement.
Bachmann also won points, surprising some Insiders who had lower expectations for the rookie on the national stage who chose the debate to make her formal declaration as a presidential candidate. “Helped herself, articulate, on message,” said one GOP Insider.
Bachmann brings up the issue of under estimating any GOP contender and the meme – spread largely by conservatives – that this is a weak field of candidates. First, underestimating the opposition is always a huge mistake regardless of what they say. G.W. Bush became president by slightly exceeding expectations. See, he can walk and hurl well worn epitaphs at the same time. This field of wingers is no weaker and may be even stronger than the field of the 2008 presidential contenders: John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney. There were also some early contenders who dropped out early: Alan Keyes, Fred Dalton Thompson, Senator Sam Brownback , Tom Tancredo, Tommy Thompson. I fail to see how the current crop is any worse in terms of the basics of radical right ideology. Republicans were dumb than and they’re dumb now? No one should bother too much with the intelligence issue. The conservative base thinks intelligence is a vice not a virtue and liberals tend to over value it as a political plus in elections. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, who came out in favor of protecting child molesters from civil liability defeated former Senator Russ Feingold. Feingold was one of the most intelligent, progressive and best guardians of the Bill of Rights in the Senate. Its a political variation on any given Sunday – crazy, dumb, cruel, arrogant and rabid can kick smart, compassionate, informed, idealistic, capable and competent’s ass on any given day under the right circumstances.
Who could add some rancid hot sauce to the Republican mix? Are you ready for another Texas theocrat?
It’s looking more and more as if the GOP field will end up being Romney vs Perry with a bunch of other clowns falling our of a clown car. (Perry may not get in, but he probably should. He will end up making Romney look much saner by comparison and it Mitt pulls off the nomination potentially lure some of the vaunted Independents to the GOP.)
Anyway, here’s just one little anecdote about Perry, who truly is as thick as Palin and as extreme as Bachman. (But the press is going to be dazzled by him and will give him a lot more room to be idiotic.)
During an appearance on James Robison’s Life Today television program, Perry says he sees a silver lining to the devastating recession that has cost millions of families their jobs, homes, and livelihoods: it will return America to “Biblical principles” and free us from the slavery of big government:
PERRY: I think in America from time to time we have to go through some difficult times — and I think we’re going through those difficult economic times for a purpose, to bring us back to those Biblical principles of you know, you don’t spend all the money. You work hard for those six years and you put up that seventh year in the warehouse to take you through the hard times. And not spending all of our money. Not asking for Pharaoh to give everything to everybody and to take care of folks because at the end of the day, it’s slavery. We become slaves to government.
So the Great Recession is God’s will. Hallelujah and pass the tax cuts.
Perry’s wingnut credentials are unparalleled. He called for secession. He’s a Tenther. But this is probably the most important validating signal:
Another politician joins forces with the apostles. Texas Governor Rick Perry is leading an event in Houston on August 6 with the “apostolic and prophetic” movement, including leaders from Lou Engle’s “The Call,” Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer, and the American Family Association. The Call is a virulently anti-gay and anti-abortion event held in stadiums and large venues, including one in Uganda that featured speakers promoting the “Kill the Gays” bill.
Digby is generally a good prognosticator, but I think Perry could win. In the events leading up to and during the Civil War and the various aspects of Jim Crow that would last up to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the secessionists in the South did not act rationally( note: not all southerns supported slavery, the confederacy or Jim Crow). Modern conservatives are still very much the party of the Antebellum south. If they act in ways that seem to defy rationalism; if they seem hell bent on destruction, including self destruction, it is because that nihilism goes deep down into the soul of conservatism. Bush and Cheney have made no great apologies for driving the nation off the cliff and they are regularly defended by the Right. The Right takes disaster and misery as signs of winning. Rick Perry is a font of conservative wisdom. Pay attention to what he says and does. The wing-nut force is with him. Romney is simply Perry-lite. That is why Romney might be pushed to the front – as a practical matter, not because the Right feels he is their ideological champion.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) may still join the fray. He is accumulating baggage though. Christie is joining the Republican governors of Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kansas as the most hated politicians in the country. When I say hated that is not name calling. The Right actively cultivates and takes pride in being hated. To them it means they are the beleaguered martyrs making the decisions no one else will. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) The Al Capone of Privatizing Education
From 1999 to 2001, Christie was a registered lobbyist at a law firm that lobbied New Jersey government on behalf of Edison Schools, according to filings with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. While the firm was representing the multinational education company, Chris Cerf was its general counsel….
Acting education commissioner Christopher Cerf and Gov. Chris Christie both once received paychecks from Edison Schools, a for-profit company that became the largest private-sector manager of public schools.
Chris Christie (R) belongs to the Holy Order of the Sacred Voucher. Like Paul Ryan(R-WI) and other acolytes of the Sacred Voucher, they believe that vouchers are the same thing as miracles. They solve all problems. As, governor and as an ex-lobbyist, freak’n hard to believe, but Christie is actually pushing the New Jersey 1 thru 12 grades into becoming privatized by his former employer. What a remarkable coincidence. Christie as corrupt as Dick Cheney. Who would have thought. Christie cut $820 million in education funds last year. Which is great right? Because there is nothing better than living in an Idiocracy. Christie is doing his patriotic duty creating the next generation of under educated cheap labor for the right-wing sugar daddies of conservatism. This guy should definitely be president of something.