(Red Right Returning is a look back at the activity of the past week of the Republican candidates in the 2012 primary. RRR is a nautical mnemonic for the side of the buoy or marker on which you should pilot your ship in order to stay in the channel. Plus it’s in keeping with our FFF and SSS series. Let me know if you like or dislike RRR and/or the Know Thy Enemy segments.)
Kind of a quiet week.
Michele Bachmann made her official announcement in Waterloo, Iowa this week. Hopefully someone on her staff has explained to her the irony of that decision. Actually, it would probably be prudent for someone to at least explain to her what irony is first. Although with her apparent inability to grasp historical events, she probably identifies with Napoleon. Winning! Duh!
The other interesting addition to the field is the announcement that Michigan Representative Thaddeus McCotter has declared his candidacy for President. Don’t know who that is? Don’t worry, neither do the rest of these United States. But it’s worth seeing his quasi-creepy interviews where he answers questions whilst seemingly engrossed in his own mediocre guitar playing.
Herman Cain’s staff seem to have caught the same illness as Newt Gingrichs’. Must be something in the water in Georgia. Two of his staffers quit this week.
Mitt Romney was called out on over-doing the rhetoric this week by brazenly blaming President Obama for the recession. When it was pointed out that this wasn’t true he denied ever saying it. He was then invited to see the instant replay. When will politicians ever learn about technology?
All of the candidates (except Huntsman) seem to be falling all over themselves to sign any pledge that is put in front of them including Norquist’s anti-tax and DeMint’s ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ pledge. Whether this boxes them in or endears them to potential voters remains to be seen.
- No joke: Thaddeus McCotter is running for president. Seriously. (dailykos.com)
- Elections 101: Ten facts about Thaddeus McCotter and his run for president (csmonitor.com)