I walked by the courthouse steps around 10 this morning. That’s where the “Occupy” crowd “occupy” Santa Cruz. The signs there still outnumber the people present but the ratio is changing. It’s not that there are more demonstrators but that some of the signs have been retired. This morning, the ratio was about 20/40 (40 signs). I am sure it means something but I have no idea what. There was one sign I really liked: It said, “Nixon is a ….” It made me suddenly feel young. Would I make this up?
My assessment of the Western GOP debate: Obama won! (I cribbed that from a caller on the Rush Limbaugh show before I had a chance to think of it. He was probably an easterner, had three hours of wakefulness on me.)
Making a left-liberal like Anderson Cooper the moderator was a really bad decision. Of course, he had to trivialize the debate. I am not saying he wanted to but there is no way he could have avoided it. The liberal mind is inherently trivial. There is not reason to expect it to acquire seriousness of purpose just because it’s dealing with Republican politicians. The reverse is true. When they think of conservatism, left-liberals’ minds fall into the crudest of stereotypes or else, they go blank. Anderson was on automatic during the debate. There is no question on my mind.
Congresswoman Bachman is out. Her heart is in the right place. She has the right instincts. But she is too ignorant and it shows. Even Pres. Obama could see through her if he had to.
Gov. Perry is so shallow it’s embarrassing. Again, he came unprepared; again, he brought a knife to a gunfight. He was not even prepared for the obvious questions about immigration. Then he got into a puny junior-high fight with Romney. Perry is out and everyone knows it. He was a flash-in-the-pan magnified by our desperate wishes.
Congressman Ron Paul was his equal intelligent self. He will always get 20% of the Republican vote; he will never get 25% of he Republican vote. His Libertarians march in locksteps. They are out of touch with other conservives because of their rigid isolationism. Even if they were right (they are not) hey would be wrong to be right in this crowd. Plus, Ron Paul is personally uptight, like an old teacher who has been saying the same simple things year after year and is sick and tired of the repetition.
Newt’s presence in the debate was welcome. He kept forcing back the discussion to useful, important, tangible issues, against Cooper’s steering. Gingrich will not be a candidate. He has too much personal baggage. I don’t know if he knows it but everyone else does.
Herman Cain looks better and better. He was lackluster in the debate because he was not given much material by Cooper. Also, he is a rational man; he has not digested the idea that you can take any question thrown at you and give it an answer to another question not even related to the questions asked. This lack of elementary skills is why I have expressed skepticism before on his candidacy: Mr Cain has all the high intellectual aptitudes but few of the low practical skills. To be a politician, you must also not be afraid to appear stupid. Mr Cain is still afraid.
Mr Cain’s appeal in the field of candidates is two-pronged: First, he is likable. Thats’ simply because he is straightforward, not twisted. You sense he would make a good neighbor. Second, he is the only candidate who says: Here is the problem and here is what I will do about it. His 9/9/9 plan left many perplexed precisely because it sounded so simple in the description but so obscure in its consequences. Today (10/19/11) it received a ringing endorsement in the Wall Street Journal by no less than Arthur Laffer, the best popularizer of supply-side economics.
I don’t care if Gov. Romney once hired an illegal to mow his lawn. Don’t fricking waste my time! I don’t care about Mitt Romney’s religion. Anderson Cooper had to try to focus on an unfortunate remark made by a minor pastor with a big mouth because that flattered his liberal worldview (right-wing bigot against right-wing bigot). Not only do I not care personally about Romney’s religion, (they are all cults.) but I believe most Americans don’t care much more than I do. And I think Romney would confound Barak Obama in a debate. I have other issues with Romney, not as a candidate, but as president.
The first issue is that he has never really explained well or apologized for his Mass. health care plan. That’s a biggie given that the first job facing conservatives is to dismantle Obamacare. The second is that he sort of believes in global warming. I am concerned because this is the most intelligent tool collectivists have devised in fifty years to make us less free. If he does not recognize this fact, he does not have a conservative mind. Finally, I wonder why, after five debates, I still don’t know anything about Romney’s basic ideas about out to deal with the rest of the world.
Here is what I fear will happen: I will end up voting for Romney because he will be the lesser of two evils. But then, almost anyone would be, including Hillary Clinton. Gee, I hope I am completely wrong!