(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. Feel free to voice your opinions on the candidates in the comment section.)
There was another debate this past week and the Republican candidates appear to have jettisoned Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment. Everybody seemed to rejoice in piling on newcomer Rick Perry. And Perry brought plenty to the table to warrant piling upon. So far he’s called social security a Ponzi scheme, he’s accused Ben Benanke of treason, and he’s taken a few pot shots of his own at the other candidates.
The media seems to have decided that this is a race between Perry and Romney. Bachmann’s airtime seems to be devoted to only the dumb things she’s said such as the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. Granted that’s a big newsworthy faux pas but it has overshadowed anything else she has had to say.
Ron Paul was ignored again even though he continues to be the reasonable candidate on the stage. Jon Huntsman is doing anything just to keep people from asking ‘who?’ despite the fact that he also sounds reasonable but lacks the track record of Ron Paul. Herman Cain came out and claimed that Americans are hostages in an ideological war of President Obama’s making. Which merely illustrates that he doesn’t know what an ideological war is. And Buddy Roemer can’t even get in the building though he has been making the rounds of late night talk shows. I’m not even going to bring up Thad McCotter or Fred Karger. And all of Ron Paul’s fans drove out to California to vote for him so he would win the straw poll there.
And where’s Sarah? Oh she’s prepping to defend herself from the recent book from the guy who camped next door to her house for a few months. There’s some pretty racy allegations in the book including Palin’s alleged propensity for tall black dudes as sex toys before she married the first dood. None of that has actually been refuted yet.
Fact checking organizations are getting quite the workout and it’s surprising that the media are letting the Republicans get away with what at times is just flat-out lies. All-in-all an interesting week.
- Perry Leads Another National Poll (politicalwire.com)
- Laura Trice: 9 Presidential Traits That Make Dr. Ron Paul the Most Electable Candidate (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rick Perry: The New GOP Frontrunner (outsidethebeltway.com)
- There’s Always More Room in the Clown Car (538refugees.wordpress.com)
- Reagan Library Debate Winners And Losers (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Bachmann defends HPV vaccine claim (dailykos.com)
- Rick Perry’s ‘Ponzi scheme’ problem: new evidence it’s real – Christian Science Monitor (news.google.com)