The Sad Circus

None of the media wants it to be true, but this year’s Republican primaries have been a sad circus.

This candidate of the month parade, really? Still going on.

The Tea Party crazies seemingly dividing the Republican Party, ranting and raving, trying to take the country back to the 1920s. Let’s hear it for Calvin Coolidge, eh?

Exceedingly low turnout is sad too. Turned-off, tuned out normal people don’t really need this foolishness.

Obama could not have dreamed of a better set-up to his re-election. The Tea Party dominates the primary, but certainly will be overshadowed in the general election. Plan A: Obama versus Romney. Romney can’t energize the evangelicals, and they are the only ones who vote in the primary. His Mormon religion and his “I’ll be whomever you want me to be” persona cannot compete. Plan B: Obama versus Santorum: He’ll energize the base and loyal Republicans, but not independents. In the mean time, it’s right wing hype, followed by moderate actual rationality.

But would the media have it any other way?


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I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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One Response to The Sad Circus

  1. JP says:

    I’m sure the media would love to have seen Ron Paul win by 200 votes rather than lose by 200 (the difference would be meaningless, but they’d play it up as full of import). Then they’d have stayed on for the full two hours, over-analyzing to death the surge of Ron Paul and what it meant and how it threw the whole primary wide open again. But alas, it wasn’t to be. If merely 100 people in Maine had voted Paul instead of Mitt the whole narrative tonight would be different. It is silly that it is so, and yet it is so. There will be ever more pressure from the party for the others to bow out now, for the good of their chances in November. But Newt, Ron, and Rick are all true believers who don’t take their marching orders from the party, so this could go on for awhile. Now we get some time off until the end of the month when it is Arizona and Michigan a week before super Tuesday. You’d think that would finish it, but we’ll see. If Newt does well in the southern super Tuesday states as he might, and Ron and Rick continue to be pests, well, isn’t this going to be fun to watch!

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