Today (ha ha! Freudian slip -- I first typed that as "toady") -- I say, Today is the date of the Republican presidential primaries in Arizona and Michigan. The current front runners are Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum -- the absolutely clueless, tone-deaf, gaffe-prone businessman who was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple, and the scold who seems to think the Oval Office is in the Vatican.
It's hard for me to fathom why either of these guys wants to be President. Mittens apparently believes he's entitled to the job. Hasn't said much about what he'll do with it, except run it as a business, which worries a lot of people because his primary business accomplishment involved investing in flailing companies, leveraging them into bankruptcy, helping sell off the scraps, and pocketing a bundle for himself.
Why, just this weekend Mitt opened his mouth again. In the near-empty Ford Field speech Friday (his campaign blamed first the Detroit Economic Club and then the Secret Service for using the venue. Give me an effing break), Mitt reiterated his disdain for how Obama saved the auto industry. (You may remember that Mitt wrote a column back in 2008, titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt".) He also mentioned his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs".
He also was at the Daytona 500 on Saturday. He noted that he's something of a NASCAR fan, saying he didn't know any drivers, but he was friends with some guys who owned NASCAR racing teams.
Oh, and he lies like a rug.
It's gotten so bad that even the mainstream media have been forced to noticed that the guy is utterly out of touch with the economic situation of the vast majority of Americans.
Santorum, meanwhile, seems to have a problem with women. And their sexuality. Seriously, he uses the word "libertine". Is he going to come out next against ragtime?
He agrees that birth control should be available -- unless religious organizations object. Not Ricky's fault -- he's just upholding the religious freedom of old white guys who are celibate mostly. Never mind the religious freedom of, y'know, women who might want to use contraception.
Santorum is, of course, well-known for equating gay marriage with man-on-dog sex, and for believing the right to privacy does not hold for sex acts between consenting adults. I believe he's also in favor of smaller government.
Truth is, he has no idea if he's for or against the separation of church and state. Oh, wait, of course he's against it. Did you know that JFK's landmark 1960 speech regarding the place of religion in the public square made Santorum want to throw up? Only one of the most important speeches in American history, definitively stating that the government will not bow to any hypothetical demands of the Church, and here's li'l Ricky pretty much announcing he'd be happy to bow to those same demands by the same Church.
He thinks women are too emotional for combat. His book It Takes A Family attacks "radical feminists" for "undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness", and when called on it Santorum said that part of the book was co-written by his wife.
Oh, and Obama is a "snob" for wanting people to attend college -- sorry, "indoctrination mills".
Long and short of it, these two men are idiots. One at least has the passion of his beliefs, even though he can't quite keep them straight on the campaign trail. The other is a full-blown, twisting-in-the-wind gaffe machine.
Do you want to know how stupid they are? Markos Moulistas, founder of The Daily Kos, came up with an idea called Operation Hilarity, which basically involves Democrats voting in open Republican primaries to boost candidates who need it so that the party becomes more divided and there's no definitive candidate past Super Tuesday. As it happens, I disagree with the entire premise (love it! No comments -- got lost in the shuffle of a bunch of other anti-Operation-Hilarity diaries that day). The most telling reason for not wanting to do it is that it would give the Repubs some serious, not-kidding-around, red-meat evidence for their hitherto spurious bullshit about "voter fraud". Never mind that they do that sort of thing, and much worse, themselves.
But I said this was to show you how stupid they are, so here you go: Rick Santorum has been hitting Michigan with robo-calls asking Democrats to vote for him. Thereby completely undercutting anyone blaming dKos.
And then, just this morning, Romney blasted the very idea... which he endorsed a month ago, and says he used to do in Massachusetts, even lying about his party affiliation to vote for the other guys.
Which leads us to today. I will not be voting for either of these yutzes. I'm a Dem, and that's that. For all of his many problems, Obama has also done a lot of good, and is doing better now that he seems to have his head mostly out of his compromises.
But what will happen if Santorum wins Michigan, or especially if he wins both Michigan and Arizona? We're talking some serious Republican Party air-ball. The talk is already beginning that it may lead to a brokered convention, possibly with a New And Sudden Hope Coming Out Of Nowhere.
No idea who. Because the Repubs simply do not have anyone like that. Even the people they've been keeping on the sidelines -- Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, FSM save us all Eric Cantor, whoever the hell else -- are all Same Ol' Same Ol'. Cut spending, cut taxes, austerity for thee not me, immigrant hatred, wimmenfolk are either property or sluts.
The only comfort I'm taking out of this entire mess is that, finally, finally, it seems as if having these sociopathic doofuses on display for weeks at a time, saying whatever crazy shit comes into their heads, has people looking at them and asking themselves What was I thinking?
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