Your Obvious Is Showing (Part 2)

In the comments to this post, Mick makes mention of the fact that Republicans are really showing their winner stripes this week.  But oh, we’re not done… not by a long shot.

Today’s edition of “Your Obvious Is Showing” brings us to the 2008 presidential campaign where stakes are high and anything goes.  As presidential wannabes duke it out for the right to win their party’s nomination, it is certain that sparks will fly, candidates will both flip and flop, and frontrunners will just be plain old flat out dumb!

In the contest for the title of Republican Nominee, this is ever so true.  With Bush posting ridiculously low polling numbers and Americans fed up with him and the neoconservative horse he rode in on, the Republican party is in its “Waiting for Godot” phase.  Or more aptly put, “Waiting for (the second coming of) Reagan” phase.

Mitt Romney simply can’t wait for something like that to happen.  There can be little argument that the very essence of Mitt Romney as a politician is that of a man who has absolutely no qualms changing his mind if doing so will get more people to vote for him.

You have his flippity floppity on abortion, homosexual rights, and who the hell running for President under the GOP banner in a race where immigration is such a hotly contested issue goes to the extreme right on immigration, but then airs an ad in Espanol?

You keep rocking that “be all things to all people,” angle, Mitt, it looks good on you…  no, really.

But, you may protest, he had to be kinda liberal, he was running for and presided as Governor of Massachusetts.  I say, I rest my case.

Now, as Mitt Romney has established a clear cookie cutter Republican platform complete with a sprinkling of pro Iraq War, Mitt Romney is releasing a new ad that declares him as the… wait for it… candidate of change.

Ah yes, good ol’ “Winds of Change” Mitt.  Though, I suppose to a degree it’s not wrong.  If nothing else, Mitt can be the candidate of changing his position.

In other news, just recently Mitt was one of four of the biggest names in the GOP primary contest to bow out of a debate focusing on black people organized by PBS personality Tavis Smiley.  Mitt along with Fred Thompson, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani have all backed out of the debate as a result of “scheduling conflicts”.

*ahem*

This one is so obvious that even key Republican leaders are ready to smack the Presidential wannabes upside the head for the candidates’ collective inability to realize how conspicuous this looks.

“We sound like we don’t want immigration; we sound like we don’t want black people to vote for us,” said former congressman Jack Kemp (N.Y.), who was the GOP vice presidential nominee in 1996. “What are we going to do — meet in a country club in the suburbs one day? If we’re going to be competitive with people of color, we’ve got to ask them for their vote.”

Making matters worse, some Republicans believe, is that the decision to bypass the Morgan State forum comes after all top GOP candidates save McCain declined invitations this month to a debate on Univision, the most-watched Hispanic television network in the United States. The event was eventually postponed.

“For Republicans to consistently refuse to engage in front of an African American or Latino audience is an enormous error,” said former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), who has not yet ruled out a White House run himself. “I hope they will reverse their decision and change their schedules. I see no excuse — this thing has been planned for months, these candidates have known about it for months. It’s just fundamentally wrong. Any of them who give you that scheduling-conflict answer are disingenuous. That’s baloney.”

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman urged candidates to “reconsider this opportunity to lay out their vision and other opportunities in the future.”

Here’s a little hint for those goofy and loveable Republican candidates; if Newt Gingrinch of all people is giving you lessons in racial sensitivity, you’re screwing up.  Keep in mind, Newt’s the same guy who said that Spanish was the language of the ghetto.

Well, that does it for this installment of “Your Obvious Is Showing.”  Tune in next time when we look at She Who Must Not Be Named’s Adam’s apple.  Noooo… She’s not hiding anything at all…

4 Responses to “Your Obvious Is Showing (Part 2)”

  1. mick says:

    I believe I’ve already said I live in a very Republican section of Mass, probably the most Republican, and the thing with Mitt is, if you’re thrilled with his campaign pandering, wait ’til you see his in-office pandering. It makes his electioneering flip-flops look rock-steady. He signed virtually anything the lege sent him, no matter what his political stand on it was. For instance, he opposed the state health care bill (it was “socialized medicine”) right up to the moment it was obvious it was going to pass, and then took credit for it when he signed it. Even the Republicans around here who’d vote for a warthog with a bad attitude and scabies if the GOP put it on the ballot are pretty disgusted by Ol’ Mitt.

    Which I suppose means the Dems ought to hope that if a Pub wins, it’s Mitt. The guy’s jelly thru and thru, so soft and pliable that even the cowards of the DLC would be able to push him around. Zero character meets zero guts – a matchup made in…well, wherever. I wouldn’t want to say….

  2. You know, I only just now remembered you were from the red parts of Mass.

    Personally, I am really hoping the Republicans do nominate Giuliani. I mean, I keep waiting for his candidacy to implode, and at this point I just want him to get past that first little hurdle we call the primaries for it to happen. he’s a nut, but then they all are.

    Not that it matters much, the only candidates of the entire GOP field I even modestly respect would be McCain, Huckabee, and Paul. And before you jump down my throat, when I mean modestly, I mean that in the smallest way possible.

    As for old Mitt, he may be jelly, but he shines on camera. On style alone he’s a strong candidate, his two weaknesses being his substance and a tendancy to kinda gaffe about.

    You know I’m starting to feel sorry for ya, Mick. A liberal living in a blue state but a red area, that’s gotta suck. I’ve lived in Red America now for eight years, but at least I get to watch it slowly turn blue.

  3. mick says:

    A liberal living in a blue state but a red area, that’s gotta suck.

    Not if you like to argue.

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