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I watched almost all of the GOP "debate" last night....mainly because of Maria Bartiromo(pictured above). She made it tolerable.....but don't tell Mrs. Reverend I said that.
Needless to say, these guys from the GOP are, like, kind of freaky.
Ron Paul speaks the truth but is crazier than a sh*thouse rat. Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo are right behind Paul. They say some things which actually, you know, make sense, but are so fogged up about other issues, they can't be trusted.
McCain is just too old. A couple of his comments were incoherent. Fred Thompson, I'm sorry, is a buffoon. He lost track of his point twice, that I saw, and spouted stupid awshucks folksy rhetoric the rest of the time. No wonder Nixon called him dumb. His Social Security response was incomprehensible.
Which brings me to Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani. Rudy knows Romney is his only competition. He knows too, especially when it comes to Iowa, Romney is a problem for him. That sets the stage for this Guiliani-Romney-Kneepad Media charade concerning this question and answer from last night's debate.....
MATTHEWS: Governor Romney, that raises the question, if you were president
of the United States, would you need to go to Congress to get authorization to take military action against Iran's nuclear facilities?
ROMNEY: You sit down with your attorneys and tell you want you have to do, but obviously the president of the United States has to do what's in the best interest of the United States to protect us against a potential threat. The president did that as he was planning on moving into Iraq and received the authorization of Congress. Link
Here's what Chuck Todd and Mark Murray of Firstread MSNBC.com, wrote first about Romney's answer.....
First, consult all the lawyers: If the debate has legs for anyone, it will be for Romney -- and that may not be a good thing. If there was a gaffe committed by any candidate it was Romney's answer on Iran when he said he'd have consult attorneys before anyone else before deciding whether to unilaterally go after Iran's nuclear facility. One can picture the attack adds now, even hear Thompson possibly say, "I may have played a lawyer on TV, but the last group of folks I need to consult is a bunch of lawyers when I decide what I need to do to keep this country safe." This is a tricky thing for Romney's to clean up since, technically, he was speaking the truth because EVERY president consults counsel to decide certain constitutional questions. Link
Ya' gotta' love that, "..technically, he was telling the truth..." part. But you see, serious and deep thinking insider media guys like Murray and Todd only see this "truth" as something to "clean up". Heaven forbid a GOP candidate would speak truth without cleaning it up first.
Then, dutifully, these same "reporters", report what Giuliani's military campaign advisor quickly blurts out about Romney's "truth"....
The Giuliani campaign just issued a press release highlighting Romney's "Lawyer's Test" for national security....
"Going to war is the most serious decision a president can make. Lawyers should not debate while our national security is on the line. In these momentous decisions, we need leadership, not litigation," retired Admiral Robert J. Natter, who is serving as a senior military adviser for the Giuliani campaign, said in the release. Link
See how it all works? Giuliani knows "truth" must be "cleaned up". A GOP presidential candidate who wants to win has to know that "truth" is never told without it first going through a massaging process. Resulting in what most other humans would call....a lie.
And so we find that the leading Republican candidate for the 08 presidential battle, Rudy Giuliani, scolds Mitt Romney for speaking truthfully about matters of war and peace. Rudy sends his neo-con-on-steroids spokesperson out to remind GOP voters that Rudy won't let them down by telling the truth...nosirr-freaking-eee....he'll do everything in his power to keep that "truth" from getting out.
And then seasoned and serious "reporters", stenographically, tell us this "news", about how winning GOP candidates can't tell the "truth" concerning Constitutional requirements about war, oh no. That's for losers like "truth" telling Romney. Only liars can lead America.
Hell, even the GOP constituency knows that.