Why Ron Paul Would Leave You To Die & Other Tea Party Insights
The eight Republican presidential candidates met in Tampa, FL last night in a debate presented by CNN in association with the Tea Party Express. I don’t know exactly what the Tea Party organization had to do with the debate, other than providing the audience that then offered questions, and giving the politicians an even clearer plan for pandering than usual. Here were some of the standout moments:
-“I will repeal Obamacare.” This must have been said two dozen times by every candidate. I smell a drinking game!
The Tea Party hates pretty much any kind of government regulation, and considers the federal health care mandate unconstitutional. Watching the candidates fight to show who hated it more, and pounce on Govs. Perry and Romney for having various health mandates during their terms, was priceless.
-Ron Paul and The Coma Man: Following up on the healthcare debate, the debate moderator, Wolf Blitzer, asked Rep. Ron Paul what would happen to a healthy, young man who chooses not to get health insurance, but then suffers a life-threatening accident and needs life support (Paul was a licensed and practicing doctor). After Paul danced around the question, Blitzer pushed: “Congressman, are you saying society should let him die?”
And then the crowed cheered.
And Paul, a man who took an oath to heal the sick, said that “neighbors, friends, and churches” would take care of everyone, like some magic wand being waved.
-The Fight To Protect Our “Little Girls.” Rick Perry stands by his decision to require sixth grade girls in Texas to receive the HPV vaccine, but boy, did everyone pounce on him for that. Michele Bachmann called it unconstitutional, while ignoring the fact that lots of vaccines are mandated for schoolchildren, and that the Tea Party supposedly supports states getting greater leeway to regulate things.
Rick Santorum was at least more honest about his reasoning: It’s about sex. He and much of the right wing aren’t upset about the mandate; they are upset that young girls are being given a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease, as they cling to the notion that teenagers will stop having sex if we just tell them it’s wrong and withhold any form of protection.
-Jon Huntsman calls Rick Perry “Treasonous.” OK, he called Perry’s statement, that building a fence the across the entire US.–Mexico border, treasonous. But in either case, Huntsman made a wild exaggeration, and was clearly grasping for this kind of publicity, so he’s gonna get it. I guess he realized that running as the “sensible, moderate candidate” wasn’t working, and decided to go for the “cheap, desperate” candidate. Well, it was fun while it lasted.
-Newt Gingrich Doesn’t Say Anything. Oh wait, that was the whole time.
-Herman Cain says he would bring a “sense of humor” to the White House. “Because America is too uptight.” I suppose I should have been upset, as we have serious problems in America that need serious people. But I wasn’t. I actually clapped.