Rand Paul Out Of Presidential Race, Rick Santorum Sure To Follow

They are dropping like bad fruit off an infected tree.

Rand Paul has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination.  I have always stressed that his bid for the White House was an odd one to wage from with the GOP.  His views on foreign policy was never going to wed him to a powerful and needed segment of the party.    While I very much disagree with his positions there is no one that will not admit he makes for an interesting exchange of ideas.  Question is now how much passion he has for politics after failing to reach this goal.

Then there is  the papist, Rick Santorum.

It is hard to even place his name with that of Paul in the same post.  There is just so little of consequence with the former Pennsylvania senator who has stated that contraceptives are “not okay” or that gay parents are worse than convicts.   The reason he entered this race–one has to assume–was his hope that lightening would strike and somehow transform the populace into total idiots.    Short of that there was no way this man was ever going to register anywhere.

The reason Santorum needs to sneak away from this race and go back to where those who carry around miscarriages hang out is that he can not even get his own precinct captains to support him!  MSNBC interviewed a Santorum precinct captain who readily admitted that even he didn’t vote for the guy he was working for!

OMG!

This is just too funny.

Lets Say Goodbye To Some GOP Presidential Candidates

As much as I love politics there was no way I could watch the kiddies debate last evening.  There was no way I could justify my time being spent watching Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and Jim Gilmore stand behind podiums pretending they had a chance at being more than a laugh line.

We all know that was the last debate before the Iowa caucuses but more importantly for everyone who cares about the party nomination it is also the last time those four jokers will appear on any presidential debate stage.    Within 10 days or less all of them will be gone from the presidential trail as they pull the plug on their campaigns.

Well, not every campaign.

Since Santorum is opposed to pulling life support we will just see him carry a jar with his campaign inside–akin to the fetus he lugged home from the hospital to show his kids after his wife had a miscarriage.

Huckabee entered this race for the dollars it would allow him to earn with future business deals while Fiorina wanted to see how many times she could undermine her own gender in one campaign.

And there is no earthly reason why Gilmore entered the race.

But thankfully they are all soon to be asterisks.

Rick Santorum Needs Dictionary To Look Up ‘Blessing’

Sen. Rick Santorum says the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants would be a “blessing” to impoverished Latin American countries that would benefit from skills they have learned in the United States, the Des Moines Register reports.

Said Santorum: “You are talking about folks who are going to be the leaders of their countries.”

God forbid those talents were used in the United States!

Kiddie-Table Republican Debate A Joke

Fox Business Channel moderator Trish Regan correctly noted during the kiddie-table debate of Republican presidential candidates that the majority of Americans are in favor of universal background checks.  What do you think happened at that point?

There were loud boos from the audience.  A severe disconnect exists between the conservatives of this nation and the rest of us. 

When asked about guns Carly Fiorina said we should “enforce the laws we have” but then did not add that cuts to federal funding has created a shortage of people who can fight those who abuse gun laws.

Add to the crazy talk Rick Santorum trying to be the national sage for all things moral and there was no way to take anything from that stage seriously.  His slight of single-parenthood was a disservice to a lot of families who prove that a hard working single parent can make a world of difference.  There is a self-righteous quality to his answers that leaves the rest of us wondering why he thinks his moral code in America would be a good thing.  Even the GOP shun him according to the latest Wall Street Journal polling that shows 63% of GOP primary voters can’t see themselves backing Santorum.

From an audience that seemed unable to think logically or accept polling data about the mood of the nation to candidates who can not step beyond their talking points made one thing clear.

The three kids at the first debate are not going to be anywhere near the main debate stage anytime soon.  That is about the only positive thing one can say about the debate.

Rick Perry And Rick Santorum–Once You Know Them You Never Go Back

Some campaign facts are just too amusing not to share.  That is the case this morning with news about Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.

A majority of the 2012 donors to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum who’ve given this time have defected to other candidates, according to an analysis by Crowdpac.com, a nonpartisan political research company.

The donor disloyalty is contributing to financial woes in both of their campaigns. Perry stopped paying most of his staffers, and much of Santorum’s top staff left to start a super PAC, which is free of contribution limits.

As the only two members of a 17-person presidential field who competed in 2012, Perry and Santorum should have among the strongest, most up-to-date fundraising bases. Santorum won 11 primary states, lasting until April 2012 when Mitt Romney secured the nomination. Perry bowed out in January but was a strong early fundraiser.

But four years later, many of their donors have eyes for others: Perry counted 470 return supporters, while 557 went with other candidates. For Santorum, 257 of his past presidential contributors gave to him again, while 414 put their money elsewhere, the data show.

How The GOP Debate Could Have Been Staged

As a lover of politics there is no way not to be excited about the first presidential debate this evening featuring the Republican candidates.  There is much to ponder and muse about.  Even laugh about.

I must admit to agreeing with Rick Santorum on one matter, and that is how the debate should have included all the main candidates who have announced their intentions to run.   I feel that all presidential candidates should have the chance to participate in the prime-time event.

There was even a way to have them all appear on stage.

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Political Junkies Need To Offer Sincere Thanks To Republicans. Really.

Some wonder why I was so excited about the Republican nominating process this cycle.  Some were sure it was clearly due to the chaos it caused the GOP, and thereby helping President Obama come the fall.  Well, there was some of that added to the mix.  But mostly I just love politics, and what Republicans provided to the nation for entertainment early this year can not be denied.

If it does not sound too quirky I truly feel the GOP deserves a thanks for the efforts they made to keep the nation tuned in.  Granted, it was often a bizarre performance that will likely hurt them in the long run, but for pure drama along with lots of twists and turns there was just no better event to follow.

Many a Tuesday night there was no better show in town  than the Republican primaries.  Be it the all-night struggle in Ohio, or the week before in Michigan.  The hours of tuning into the all news cable channels for political analysis from pundits, or to find out the better ways to use computerized graphics on CNN was just a real kick for millions of us around the nation.

There were many in the GOP who wanted to see the process that became ugly to reach a speedy conclusion. From their political perspective it is not hard to understand why that would be the prevailing mood.  But for the rest of us who loved a great political moment in the nation, and enjoyed the race while making plans for primary nights we wanted it to go on and on….

So for the all the Republicans who made such a show possible, I say a sincere thanks.

Really.

Will God Even Make An Endorsement For The Fall General Election?

Hmmm….

But Santorum’s withdrawal is also a major milestone for God, the beloved all-powerful deity whose personal endorsement somehow failed to secure the nomination for any of the numerous Republicans — Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry — whom he reportedly encouraged to run for president. It is unclear at this point whether God will even bother to offer anyone his apparently useless endorsement in the general election.