Polls after the GOP debate in Florida Thursday night indicated that Mitt Romney was the clear winner with Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and the also-rans losing momentum. One of the lesser known candidates, Thaddeus McCotter a Member of the House from Michigan, actually dropped out of the race Thursday. Who is Thaddeus McCarter and why was he running in the first place?
Today many of the conservative fringe elements of the Republican Party are seriously losing interest in last week’s front runner for the GOP nomination next year, Governor Rick Perry of Texas. According to a fringe element organization, Americans for Legal Immigration, “Rick Perry is finished.”
When Perry announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination next year many wondered how he’d do as a candidate on the national stage. His history as Governor of Texas was after all pretty weak, but who in the world pays attention to what happens in Texas, except of course Texans. Many in Texas actually rated the governor pretty low as an effective politician with a dismal record in education, and creator of subsistence level jobs, second highest in the nation to Mississippi with minimum wage jobs.
Following the last governor to run for the presidency from Texas it seemed kind of curious that Perry sounded like Bush, sort of resembled Bush, and had the same kind of kinky neo-conservative, religious background as George W. That in itself sent chills up some American’s spines the moment Perry opened his mouth to speak. With many of his Texan constituency claiming that Perry was not the brightest, nor sharpest of minds, his participation in the past three debates left no doubt.
The other losers Thursday night included a once thought of by the extreme right as a potential GOP candidate for president, Michele Bachmann, who also pretty much imploded by opening her mouth a bit too often with conservative oriented comments.
The rest of the field has pretty well flattened out…Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, John Huntsman….maybe have a chance but a slim one.
Another nail in Perry’s political coffin came this week was his standing in a New Hampshire poll, getting just 8 percent of the vote and ranking well behind Romney and, Ron Paul and John Huntsman. Of course New Hampshire is a state where people actually speak English…in the states that supported Perry’s run, primarily the south, he is still king of the hill.
The next GOP debate isn’t scheduled until early next year in Iowa. It will be sponsored by Fox and the Republican Party so it should be so much fun to watch in right wing conservative country which will include questions from the public on blogs, blackberries and from old-fashioned computer towers. Imagine the crazy questions those will be!
At any rate the political season continues for all to enjoy; watching the GOP candidates for the highest office in the land, has been extremely funny, hilarious at times but very sad to think that this group of people represents the best the right has to offer. Well after the third GOP national debate the cream has started to rise to the top…or has it started to curdle?
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” —Michele Bachman, candidate for the highest office in the land.