August 05, 2007
Stephanopulous asks “What will you restore to the office of the President of the United States?” None of the candidates, except for Ron Paul, really addresses the question:
Tancredo: Islamic. Terrorism. Jihadism. No more political correctness. (Hey, that’s pretty bold!)
Thompson: Islamic. Terrorism. Jihadism. No more political correctness. America is great. (Even bolder!)
Brownback: All those children born out of wedlock—oh, it’s intolerable. (Chastity belts for everyone!)
McCain: I am fully prepared to fight the transcendant struggle of this century. Islamic. Terrorism. Jihadism.
Giuliani: I will do the same thing I did for New York City. Oh, and by the way: Islamic. Terrorism. Jihadism.
Romney: His dad, Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt—a BIGGER military. Presumably, to fight Islamic terrorism, not to mention jihadism.
Huckabee: I work for the people on Main Street, not the folks on Wall Street.
Ron Paul: I would restore openness to govt’. No more obsessive secrecy: I would never hide important information from the Congress.
Ok, let’s sum up: Aside from Ron Paul, the assembled losers, louts, and lightweights really don’t have that much to say. Romney, who I believe will actually get the nomination, spent most of his time energetically trying not to say anything of consequence, although he did have the best line of the debate. On Barack Obama’s “let’s invade Pakistan” faux pas, he averred that Obama has “gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove” in the blink of an eye. The only really memorable line in the whole sorry business….. aside, of course, from every word spoken by Ron Paul.