Bloomberg Television and Charlie Rose made an interesting decision last night, by choosing to focus the entire Republican candidate debate on economic issues.
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This was interesting because the candidates don’t have 90 minutes worth of things to say about the economy or jobs.
Of course, Herman Cain talked about his 999 plan, which Michele Bachmann snapped on him with something like “Turn those numbers over, and the devil is in the details”, indicating that if you flip it, it becomes 666:
In the New Testament, the Book of Revelation (13:17-18) cryptically asserts 666 to be “the number of a man,” associated with the beast, an antagonistic creature that appears briefly about two-thirds into the apocalyptic vision.
In modern popular culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternatively, the Devil. Earnest references to the number occur both among apocalypticist Christian groups and in explicitly anti-Christian subcultures. References in contemporary Western art or literature are, more likely than not, an intentional references to the Beast symbolism. Such popular references are therefore too numerous to list.
It is not uncommon to see the symbolic role of the integer 666 transferred to the digit sequence 6-6-6. Some people take the Satanic associations of 666 so seriously that they actively avoid things related to 666 or the digits 6-6-6. This is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.
I had been wondering for a couple of months now when someone was going to bring that up, and I had a nice personal chuckle and virtual high-5 for Bachmann for finally getting the religion card on the table against Cain.
Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called on rival Rick Perry to denounce comments made by a supporter who likened his Mormon religion to a “cult.”
“I would call upon Governor Perry to repudiate the sentiment and the remarks,” Romney said at a news conference in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
The Reverend Robert Jeffress, a Baptist minister from Dallas, called Mormonism “a cult” and said Romney is “not a Christian” in remarks to reporters after introducing Texas Governor Perry to an Oct. 7 meeting of social conservatives.
“I just don’t believe that that kind of divisiveness based on religion has a place in this country,” Romney told reporters today.
The renewed attention to his Mormon faith has threatened to throw Romney off his economic message as he has worked to win over party leaders like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who appeared with Romney at today’s news conference to announce his endorsement.
Some evangelical voters, a critical part of the Republican base, don’t believe that Mormons are Christians because they use the Book of Mormon as a holy text along with the King James bible. Their opposition helped end Romney’s candidacy for the Republican nomination in 2008.
Christie today dismissed those concerns as irrelevant to Romney’s qualifications for president.
“These types of religious matters have nothing to do with the quality of somebody’s ability to lead,” he said at the news conference with Romney. “Any campaign that associates itself with that type of conduct is beneath the office of president.”
This brings us to something that’s more important than sitting a bunch of not-actually-candidates-for-the-Presidency-of-the-United-States-Of-America down at a table and having them say blah blah blah blah blah like they’ve been saying already for months…
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, just one week after definitively announcing he will not run for president in 2012, endorsed Mitt Romney for the job Tuesday afternoon.
Christie, at a news conference in Hanover, N.H., described the endorsement as an “easy decision.” He cited Romney’s experience in the private and public sectors, saying he “brings the best of both” to the job.
The point being that the guy that the Republicans ACTUALLY wanted to run for President against Barack Obama, Chris Christie, is suggesting that his fans support Mitt Romney.
This is the absolute last straw. 🙂
I say that there is absolutely no way that the Republicans will be sending anyone but Romney to the big dance.
To be clear, Romney was always the only quasi-viable candidate that the Republicans fielded this cycle.
All these surges in the polls that you’ve seen (if you’ve been paying attention to this stuff at all) are not votes for individual candidates.. They’re votes *AGAINST* Romney.
There are only two choices here.. Romney and Not-Romney.
He tried this last cycle, but got waxed, buffed and simonized by John McCain, who promptly punted his chances by selecting Sarah Palin as his VP running mate. If you feel like reading about it, here it is => en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney_presidential_campaign,_2008
Originally, the only Not-Romney was Michele Bachmann, which is why the stupid-ass pundits kept playing her up as a viable Presidential candidate.
In fact, she was never viable and certainly still isn’t.
As soon as the poll-takers had a different Not-Romney, when Rick Perry entered the Republican race the very next day, you never heard from Bachmann ever again, because nobody’s actually going to vote for her.
To be fair, and qualify my statements.. You can’t become the PotUS by not-answering questions.
When someone asks you if you would deport 11.5 million illegal aliens that are currently living in the USA, the answer is “yes” or “no”. The answer “I’m not going to talk about that until we secure our border with Mexico” will not get you elected.
When you’re asked about specific policies that you would enact if you were elected, saying “I would repeal this and that that Obama and the Democrats have put in place” is all well & good in a hypothetical sense, but it doesn’t build confidence with anybody that you can actually do *ANYTHING* that you’re saying.. such as waving your magic wand and returning gas prices to $2 USD per gallon.
In fact, you can see her concentrating SOOOO HARD on what she’s supposed to say in response to actual questions that it’s ridiculous. Her robotic, planned, fake-ass responses to everything are going to get her a lot of book sales and lecture circuit bookings, but no, she was never viable and she hasn’t shown any signs of improvement at all.
The next Not-Romney was Perry. He was shining for, like, three days, before he started making yahoo statements about what would happen to people if they came to Texas and all other kinds of local yokel nonsense that clearly demonstrates that he’s not prepared for the National stage, MUCH LESS the *INTERNATIONAL* STAGE!!!
He can barely read off of his index cards that he has on the podium or table during debates to try to snap on Romney. It’s embarrassing.
Can you imagine what would happen to someone if they were supposed to verbally challenge you and they needed to read their thoughts off of cards? They’d get laughed out of the state.
Imagine that you went for a job interview, and you had to read things off of cards to a potential employer. You could forget it.
Anyway.. Perry was the Not-Romney for a hot minute, and that’s over now. He’s verbally stumbled and bumbled too many times, and when the camera shows him during conversations about international issues, he looks dazed and confused, and that’s when they’re not even addressing him.
You can tell that he’s jumped the shark because nobody confronted him during last night’s debate. Nobody cares. He’s a non-issue. Everybody wanted to talk about Romney and Cain.
After Bachmann fell off immediately, and Perry fell off as soon as people heard him actually speak, Herman Cain has risen to become the only Not-Romney left.
Newt Gingrich is not an actual candidate. Nobody’s going to vote for him. Everybody knows this.
Rick Santorum, I have no idea how he’s still allowed to come to these debates. They let Gary Johnson get on the stage for one debate, and he’s gone again, already.
If you look at the list 2012.republican-candidates.org/, there are a bunch of dudes you’ve never heard of that are billed as candidates??? \o/
How does one become involved with this? o_O
Maybe I’ll get my 3,000 Facebook Friends to write me in as a Republican candidate too! 😀
Like I’ve said before, I’d like to see Jon Huntsman vs President Obama in 2012.
That’s not likely to happen, as low as he’s polling, but my friend Sam tells me to stop listening to the liberal media and believing the hype, so I’m going to hold out hope that Huntsman can make something happen in the actual primaries.
Of course.. Huntsman has the same “Mormon Issues” that Romney has, so I realize that it’s a longshot.
Ron Paul is like that crazy, moonshine-drinking old-ass uncle that you have that lives WAY, WAY, WAY, FAAAAAR in the sticks and has all these wacko ideas that you know deep down are absolutely correct to a degree, but you simultaneously know that nobody would ever put him in a position to have actual power over your life.
Do I care that people got flooded in Vermont? Yes. Does it matter to me? No. It makes no difference in my life, whatsoever.
Do I feel like people that got jerked by an act of nature should be helped by the Federal Government or whomever is in charge of helping people that need it? HELLZ YEAH!!!
The concept of “Sucks to be them.. Flooding in Vermont isn’t the problem of people in Texas, so let them sink or swim on their own” is straight retarded.
The concept of letting individual states determine safety standards for air traffic control is straight retarded.
I realize that Ron Paul owes Moses a quarter from the good ole’ days, but this isn’t the Wild, Wild West or the Gold Rush Era.
This is not a bunch of free, wild, unsettled (well, you know… other than all the natives y’all wiped out) land in between Mexico and Canada. This is a group. They’re called UNITED. STATES.
Scream all you want about “liberty”. Nobody’s going to back your play.
Herman Cain has risen to become the king of the Not-Romneys because he’s saying things that people understand.
In fact, last night, Rick Perry was asked about his economic plan, and he essentially said “I’m dropping it three days from now”…….. ummmm…. WHAT? o_O
Are you crazy?
Herman Cain’s been yelling 9-9-9 all day, every day, even more than President Obama’s been yelling PASS THIS BILL, and you show up to yet another debate completely unprepared to articulate *YOUR* jobs plan?
C’MON, SUNN! :/
Perry folded because of his stance on education for the children of illegal immigrants in Texas and because people know damned well that if they send him to debate Barack Obama, it’s not even going to be funny.. only strictly and entirely embarrassing.
Beginning Of The End
The two guys that the Republicans actually wanted, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie “don’t want none”. Perry has a Pro-Christian/Anti-Mormon chance to receive the nomination, but everybody knows that if they send Perry, that means four more years for Obama.
This is why Cain is currently the Not-Romney. There’s no one left.
Meanwhile, Christie just endorsed Romney. Trump will be getting on board, soon. The rest of them will fall like dominoes.
There never was a Republican candidate other than Mitt Romney this cycle.
If you don’t realize this, you haven’t been paying attention.
If you disagree, feel free to click here and leave a comment so we can debate this.
The main problem that Romney has is that he’s gone on record in text and video as advocating diametrically opposed positions, depending on whom he’s speaking to.
People don’t trust him, because they know he’s going to say whatever he needs to say to try to get elected, and nobody actually knows where he stands on *ANY* of the issues.
Unfortunately for the Republicans, and I can’t believe this is happening, because they had four years to figure out, cultivate and field a viable candidate after tossing the previous election by adding Palin to their ticket, Romney was and still is their only shot AT ALL of defeating President Barack Obama in 2012.
As a bonus tip, I’ll throw this in…
There are two reasons why the President’s approval ratings are currently as low as they are:
- He only recently started snitching on John Boehner and Eric Cantor for their obstructionist tactics in opposing jobs for the American people.
- The Republicans haven’t selected their nominee yet.
The common, everyday, stupid person doesn’t know that the President can’t just do whatever he feels like doing and the rest of the country has to follow.
Joe Public is learning that now, since “PASS THIS BILL” has been in the news every single day now for weeks and is not going to stop until the very day of the elections.
Every single day, Democrats are saying “We want to give the American people jobs, but the Republicans are blocking our efforts.”
Whether that’s true or not is irrelevant. By the time the election rolls around, the entire Republican party will have been vilified.
Vilified for not passing this bill.
Vilified for yelling to let people without insurance die.
Vilified for booing a homosexual soldier that’s risking his life for this country.
Vilified for putting stipulations on allocating disaster relief funds for American victims.
Vilified for not answering questions about deporting illegal aliens.
Vilified for hijacking the debt ceiling talks until the USA’s credit rating was downgraded.
Vilified for not producing any jobs or even proposing a plan.
Vilified for hustling to add restrictions on early voting and voter identification.
Vilified for always talking about corporations and never about jobless individuals
By the time the 2012 election rolls around, Republicans won’t have a decent reputation left amongst THE PEOPLE, who are the ones who actually have to VOTE for whomever’s going to be the President for the next 4 years.
This is when the polls will change from “Do you approve of Barack Obama’s accomplishments over the past 4 years” to “Would you rather live in a country where Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is your President?”
Suddenly.. There will be a major shift in the poll statistics! 😀 HAHAHAHA
Anyway, I’m tired of all this. I’m not impressed. This is basically a joke, like it was in the 2008 election.
If the Republicans decide to agree to parts of Obama’s jobs bill, they lose the election because he gets to say that he created jobs for the American people.
If the Republicans keep blocking opportunities for Americans to work, they lose the election because nobody’s going to want to give the people that have been denying them the opportunity to make money EVEN MORE POWER OVER THEIR LIVES.
I dont know why this isn’t obvious to them, but it isn’t.
What they need to do is stop playing these “candidate” games, clear these extra characters off the playing field, have them endorse one or two frontrunners (Romney and an alternate), and consolidate their efforts.
Of course, that won’t happen, because that’s not how the game is played.
Also, if Romney gets the nomination, as I’ve suspected he would all along, be prepared for a third-party candidate to be fielded by disgruntled Republicans, splitting the vote and ensuring a Barack Obama win in 2012.
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