Free Forum Friday…November 4th Edition

(Free Forum Fridays are an open discussion where commenters are invited to bring up topics that may not have been covered in the previous week. Got something on your mind? Throw your opinion out there.)

This week’s forum is an early version of Red Right Returning; the normally recapping of the Republican political race. Why? Well, that’s where all the news took place this week. Probably the best synopsis was from the first segment of The Rachel Maddow Show yesterday. In that segment she outlined how the slate of Republican presidential nominees is imploding.

First there was Rick Perry’s whacky speech in New Hampshire last Friday at a benefit dinner for a local think tank. The video of Perry’s rather animated speech went viral and has led many critics to surmise that Perry was intoxicated. Jon Stewart exclaimed on The Daily Show that Perry had to be ‘hammered’. Maddow has prophesied that Perry’s campaign is finished as a result because she reasons that if he wasn’t intoxicated then we should be worried that this is how Perry behaves normally.

Then, of course, there’s Herman Cain. The Koch Brother’s funded former Pizza chain magnate got into all kinds of hot water this week when allegations of sexual harassment during his tenure as head of he National Restaurant Association in the nineties surfaced. That’s plural…as in more than one allegation. No less than six sources have come to light since Politico (a typically right leaning website) broke the story that at least two women settled out of court with non-disclosure clauses over said allegations.

But that’s not all. It turns out that Cain’s campaign may have broken campaign finance laws. Cain’s campaign manager has done so previously. Mark Block (the cigarette smoking man in Cain’s quirky commercial) was barred from participating in Wisconsin politics for three years for campaign violations. So far, neither of these incidents appears to have hurt Cain’s poll numbers. Which, in and of itself, is disturbing.

Then there’s Mitt Romney. Mitt could have kept a low profile but, no, he had to open his mouth and insert a rather large shoe. Romney has done so much flip-flopping that he can’t even keep up with what position he has taken on any given issue. Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra at this point.

I’m not sure President Obama needs to do anything to get re-elected. The current crop of Republican candidates appear to be doing it for him.

Feel free to voice an opinion.

About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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