A party in disarray
If it wasn’t so funny, it would be tragic.
Romney was the loser in Iowa; Santorum won.
Gingrich is ahead in South Carolina at the moment, but he and Romney are eating each other alive. Plus, Newtie has that troublesome habit of leaving his wives when they get sick. He did have the decency to ask the second wife if he could keep his mistress, though, as if she were a puppy.
So, when a debate moderator asked him about the whole mess, he blew up, insisting that was an inappropriate question. This from one of the leaders of the fight against Clinton’s infamous blow job. Meanwhile, Newt was carrying on an extramarital affair with his current wife, Callista. Gingrich, who holds himself up as a “family values” candidate, divorces, not one, but two women when they get sick – after starting affairs with other women — and then blows up when someone asks him about it. Sorry, Newtie, if it’s relevant with one politician, it’s relevant with you.
Then, “devout” Christian Rick Perry said in his speech Thursday that God forgives everyone and he endorses Gingrich. Here’s another “man of God,” who needs some forgiveness, I think. He has presided over the executions of more people than any other governor, and he has no regrets, even though there is ample evidence at least one of them was innocent of the crime for which he was executed.
The monied interests want Romney to get the nomination, but all the sniping and attack ads have shown Romney for the 1-percenter he is. He hasn’t a clue how the rest of us live, and he doesn’t care to learn. So, although he won New Hampshire, he’s in trouble in South Carolina.
Ron Paul is still in the mix, mainly because people want us out of Afghanistan. Plus, Paul has said on many occassions he would legalize pot. Unfortunately, a lot of young voters are looking at just that and not at the rest of his Libertarian policies.
So all the shark attacks have has their desired effect and we’re left with a feeding frenzy that no one may come out of unscathed. It’s somewhat entertaining, but I’m tired of watching it; I have a hard time taking any of it seriously, even though the outcome could be serious as hell.
While this may be good for Democrats — who also answer to the powerful monied interests — it is very, very bad for Democracy.
We need a two-party system, and if the Republicans choose to drown themselves in their own blood, we’re in trouble as a nation. Parties are supposed to balance each other out; they’re supposed to debate and compromise over policies while keeping an eye on what’s best for the people they represent. If one of those parties fails, the oligarcs take over.
Leslie Boyd, a former newspaper reporter, is president of the health care advocacy nonprofit, WNC Health Advocates, founded in memory of her son, who died in 2008 because he couldn't access health care. E-mail her at leslie at lettersfromtheleft dot com or follow her on Twitter @leftyletters1, visit Letters from the Left on Facebook. For more information about WNC Health Advocates or to read Boyd's health care blog, visit wncha.org.