Saturday, October 31, 2015

GOP debaters had the answers - just not to the questions asked

Charles P. Pierce takes stabs at the GOP's rhetorical balloon in Common Dreams.

There never has been a debate in which the panel seemed less relevant, and this isn't the fault of the three people on it. The folks behind all the podiums came to the stage wanting to say things, and damned if they weren't going to say them. ...

... the highlight of the first hour, and the most vivid example of what was going on, was when Ted Cruz was asked about the budget deal that was struck this week between the Congress and the White House, and he replied by ripping the moderators up one side and down the other. This was the Tailgunner in full cry, channeling the spirit of the original Tailgunner when he called the last Democratic debate, "the Bolsheviks vs. the Mensheviks." Are you now, or have you ever been…

This wasn't a lack of control. The format was fine. But there's nothing you can do about someone like Ted Cruz, who isn't encumbered by either truth or civility. Even defending the other candidates, he doesn't care what damage he does, as long as he can stand atop the rubble. Come to think of it, that could be said of pretty much all of these people.​

Add to that the fabrications and falsehoods favored by Carson: "Dr. Ben (The Blade) Carson spun his mathematical cotton candy into sweet swirls of complete non-fact." And you pretty much have the whole picture: a showcase of GOP talking points encumbered by neither truth nor civility.

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