Let’s not waste too much time on these things:
“If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon,” said Romney.
Look, I realize these Republicans have a tough road to fabricate given how strong President Obama’s been foreign policy-wise. It’s especially tough when a war-first-and-last Party wants to draw distinctions with a President fond of war himself.
But if this is Mitt Romney rolling out the Mitt Romney Warrior Guy product, it didn’t make much of a splash with me, certainly. Teddy Roosevelt dash and rising-temper declarations fall flat when you’re but a spineless flopulator (reminder: the spineful flopulator was a politic-free invention of sheer masochism). No one even believes Mr. Invisible would jawbone with a kook like Ahmedinejad. Republicans can hope he hires John Bolton to do his dirty work, but then you’ve got another massacre on your hands, haven’t you, fools? Time-tested truth: weak people get into wars, kill your family and friends.
Michele, you agree with Mitt?
. . on the level of a parent, I think about my children, if that was my child, and I think my automatic reaction, even though I’m a small woman, I’d want to find that guy and beat him to a pulp . .
Oops, that was Michele on the Penn State scandal. CBS moderators didn’t seem too interested in her opinions, and that’s about all I could find she said this weekend. Nice populist touch, Crazy Eyes.
The foreign aid budget in my administration for every country is going to start at zero dollars. Zero dollars. And then we’ll have a conversation. Then we’ll have a conversation in this country about whether or not a penny of our taxpayer dollars needs to go into those countries. And Pakistan is clearly sending us messages, Mitt. It’s clearly sending us messages that they don’t deserve our foreign aid that we’re getting [sic] because they’re not being honest with us.
Speaking of populism, this was about as far as I could stand to watch. Can you imagine zeroing out the foreign aid budget? And what next — demand a parade of foreign envoys drop by the Oval Office and beg for the money back?
Perry is what you’d call a dunderhead. This is how you piss off friends and influence nations. Sure, dozens of African countries would humbly beg for it — plenty of childrens’ lives hang in the balance. But what about Israel? They’d prefer the billions of dollars go unmentioned. While Perry puffed his chest, basking in his chessmaster isolationism, his campaign and supporters, wiser than he, freaked out. Quoth the Rickster minions:
“Gov. Perry is a friend to Israel and understands the challenges faced by the country. He has visited the country several times and has personal relationships with Israeli leaders. While in Israel in 2009, he was also awarded . . ”
This multi-faced self-wrestling prompted ‘me toos’ from other candidates, but then it also drew the strangest of occurrences. A miraculous event, like the sighting of a flying pig at an aeronautics symposium. Sheer sanity flew out of the mouth of Rick Santorum:
Well, let me just stop back and, and — and say I disagree with a lot of what was said up here. Pakistan must be a friend of the United States for the reason that Michele outlined. Pakistan is a nuclear power. And there are people in this– in that country that if they gain control of that country will create a situation equal to the situation that is now percolating in Iran. So we can’t be indecisive about whether Pakistan is our friend.
. . wha – What?
And it’s important for us, with a nuclear power, with a very vast number of people in Pakistan, who are radicalizing, that we keep a solid and stable relationship and work through our difficulties. It is that important, and we must maintain that relationship.
You kidding me? Santorum spends his time migrating from one cloud of evangelical purple haze to another, talking up Jesus, bad-mouthing gays and women and propping up The Crusades. Back in February, he somehow landed on the side of the Christians in that centuries-old, Continental controversy. So he’s on a big roll.