120 minutes. Nothing on gas prices. Maybe it was John King’s fault. Yeah, let’s just blame him, instead of 4 so-called presidential candidates who could have spoken up on this, and really connected with voters who hopefully now know that neither side has a realistic and workable solution. I can’t blame Ron Paul, because he was turned into Dan Dierdorf.
One question I know we’d probably like an answer for, at least for debate, is what we could do about gas prices. It almost came out, a chance for a commentary on Iran and gas prices, and they punted.
Not just a punt, but a scared politician punt. They started trying to tell the biggest “I’ll kill Iran so bad…” stories, and got lost in their own rhetoric. At least Ron Paul laid it bare, noting that 30,000-odd Soviet-era nuclear warheads are far more a problem than Iran, and that if we’re really going to go to war, we should go to Congress for authorization, not continue pre-emptive action that the GOP claimed to oppose.
But in the end, gas prices keep going up, and it’s obvious no one wanted to actually answer the question, because they’d be attacked the next day. It’s fine to attack President Obama on this, but let’s not forget the same excuses they gave when President Bush had high gas prices on his watch.
The candidates had a chance to connect with voters directly. It also shows how the RNC can’t steer anything at this point. Sadly, it was a decent attack that should force discussion and debate.
The one time that the RNC identifies a real opening for a good political attack, no one figures it out. And watching the CNN post-debate squawking, like 8th graders recalling the time someone dropped the lunch tray at lunch, it’s obvious no one seems to care or notice what actual Americans want answers to.
But scare people with nuclear holocaust? Dems in ’64 and ’84.
1964 again. Daisy, Daisy, how does your dirty bomb go?
In the end, Newt’s rhetoric is back. Mitt Romney might’ve done enough to recapture Michigan and Arizona. And Ron Paul was the only one being honest. Oh, and Rick Santorum was burned when he explained why he wasn’t really a tea party conservative. And if you’re tea party and a Rick supporter, and didn’t know about this stuff?