Sunday, January 08, 2012
Republican Primary as Reality Show
The Republican primaries are basically a reality show. The candidates are more like the housewives of Orange County than commanders in chief. That’s why somebody who was just promoting a book, Herman Cain, came to be one of the leading contenders, if only for a few weeks The debates and campaign speeches have been in general uneducated and banal, except for Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, who have espoused reasonable positions, although I may not agree with them. I think Ron Paul is wrong in his opposition to the Fed, but he is right that we are in serious economic trouble. I think Huntsman is right on most important issues -- economic and foreign policy -- but too conservative on social issues like abortion and gun rights. But Romney is campaigning as if he were a California housewife. He may be the most intelligent housewife, but just a housewife nevertheless. The others -- Santorum, Gingrich, Perry -- are good at puffery, but just full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Republican voters are not voting for a commander in chief but just on who is going to be voted off the island.