|Playin' to their audience|
No matter how you feel about Barack Obama, do you really imagine that these people offer a viable alternative?
Check out how Republicans talk when they get to the heart of Dixie; the very state that first seceded from the Union in 1860:
- Rick Perry: "I'm saying the state of Texas is under assault by federal government. I'm saying also that South Carolina is at war with this federal government and with this administration."
- Newt Gingrich: "President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history."
- Rick Santorum: "I don't want to give black people someone else's money. I want to give them the opportunity to make money."
President Carter named the beast two and a half years ago, but it never fails to shock and appall when it rears its ugly head. For anyone who wasn't sure, this ought to lay to rest any lingering doubts, eh?
Most appalling are the responses of the audiences. They ate that stuff up! Santorum made his remarks in Iowa, but Newt and Rick Perry were speaking to a fired-up Fox News audience in Columbia. Man! They loved it when Newt talked down to Juan Williams (who, by the way, is African-American).
And it seems to be working. Mitt Romney, who has notably refrained from participating in the ugly rhetoric, is watching his lead in the polls shrink as South Carolina's primary nears. Gingrich is coming on strong. Gingrich!
I know plenty of good people who call themselves conservatives; who are registered Republicans. Why aren't they speaking up?
Appalling, I tell you. Disgusting.