I haven’t really ramped up my political brain yet, but meanwhile, it’s fun watching the Republicans dance. Today, Herman Cain dropped out of the race, and my question is, What took him so long? A friend of mine on Facebook said, what is it? Do they think we won’t find out? Or that we won’t think it’s important? Or that we’re just too dumb to understand it? I vote for a combination of Option A and Option C.
I don’t have a high opinion of the voting public. So Option A comes first. They won’t even know. Because they don’t read newspapers, or listen to NPR, or watch debates. It’s a complete bother. And anyway, football might be on. Then Option C sets in. Even if they know, they won’t understand it.
I present to you as my Exhibit A, an email I recently received from a friend in Canada. It was about bar codes. It said that if you want to buy only products made in Canada or the U.S., and avoid products from China, you should pay attention to the first three numbers of the bar code, which tell the country of origin. Well, sort of. So I went to snopes.com and checked it out. Then I replied to my friend with a link to snopes and said, you should check this out. It’s only partly true. And she said, no, I’m pretty lame about checking things. I doubt I will ever go there. What? But this is how people in the U.S. choose to vote. They saw the truth in an email…no need to look further.
So there are probably plenty of Cainiatics (I just made that up) who will think Cain was driven from the race by the ruthless MainstreamMedia–all one word now–or by his ruthless opponents with more money who were scared of him.
So let’s look at the remaining field. Bachmann? Okay, moving right along. Perry? Ditto. That leaves Romney and Gingrich. Romney is a total has-been who has been running for office his entire life, but never won anything. It so amuses me when he calls someone a career politician. We can’t say you qualify, Mitt, because you’re just a wannabe. And Gingrich. I could talk about him all day. I do have two words for the family values people: Newt Gingrich. I think the Republicans are in a bad spot. They have bad choices.
I have some early predictions. First, I think Romney will in fact be the nominee. Second, I think Republicans will be about as excited about voting for him as they were about John McCain. Third, I hesitantly think Obama is going to win.
But in the broader picture, I get the feeling that conservatives are increasingly drawing away from the Republican Party. It’s happened before. Political parties have spawned and then died. (Can you say, Whigs?) But regardless, the Republican Party has become the Party most likely to shoot itself in the foot. It’s almost (almost) painful to watch them carefully parse their language.
But I really think we are witnessing a movement here. Time will tell.