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Posted by on Sep 25, 2011 in Media, Politics | 3 comments

GOP’s Kleenex Candidates

Trump, Bachmann, Perry…and, on the horizon, Chris Christie. Republicans are using up frontrunners like disposable tissues, evoking a personal memory.

FDR was inaugurated on March 4, 1933, my ninth birthday. In 1945 I was a 21-year-old foot soldier sleeping on the floor of a German farmhouse shaken awake to hear that the only president I could remember was dead.

Our world now manufactures public figures like Kleenex and, in this turbulent year, gives us no time to learn much about them before they vanish. Rick Perry, who came out of the box only weeks ago, is still bickering with Mitt Romney over what they said in their books as the 24/7 media toilet starts to flush.

Now the New Jersey governor who said no months ago is starting to say maybe, and what are the odds on His Hugeness standing next to tiny Michele Bachmann on a debate stage soon?

The person with a finger on the nuclear button is being decided in a process that makes “American Idol” look like the deliberations of the Supreme Court, to which the winner of this talent contest could be nominating new members.


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  • DaGoat

    Our world now manufactures public figures like Kleenex and, in this turbulent year, gives us no time to learn much about them before they vanish.

    I think it’s more like they vanish as people actually learn about them.

  • Allen

    They are TRYING to get their message out Mr.Stein.

    Like the language poor ugly American Tea Party rednecks that they are, this many back to back debates are their attempt to SHOUT LOUDER in hopes everybody “gets it”….or it could just be each and every media outlet’s opportunity to gain cheap advertisement. Soon, I suspect, we will have the Bob’s Bar-B-Q Republican nominee debate at channel 4 in Graybull Wyoming. Complete with standard horse crap.

    The country has pretty much heard it all already. Nobody seems to care because there has been little if no response. Ha, they are even rotating straw pole winners in hopes of feeling out a viable platform. Still nothing.

  • cjjack

    Well my political memory only stretches back to seeing the Nixon resignation on television, but it seems to me that the whole “let’s have 10 candidates debate” is a recent invention. At best there were a few candidates vying for the nomination of each party with a few fringe candidates not getting much attention.

    Now it has gotten to the point where there’s so many candidates – and a new front-runner each week – that it’s hard to separate the noise from, well, the noise.

    As far as the “debates” go, they’re not really debates at all. A debate is when two individuals or teams present opposite sides of the issue in a rational manner. What we’re seeing every week or so from the GOP is a bunch of people who more or less agree on everything attempting to out-grandstand each other.

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