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View Diary: Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Does it have to be Mitt? (100 comments)

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  •  Gail Collins (1+ / 0-)
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    Melanie in IA

    Gail Collins makes a good point about the media turning presidential campaigns into a quest for ratings, circulation, and more hits, their goal being to increase profits, but notice how she has to resort to imaginary Democratic candidates like Springer and Weiner, while this year's Republican freak show offers something for even the most bizarre and perverse members of the electorate. And even if Anthony Weiner is a tasteless, horny bastard, I still think he's better on policy questions than anybody either party is offering at the moment.

    •  Racial overtones (1+ / 0-)
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      Kimball Cross

      I'm trying to imagine what the MSM would say -- much less Rush Limbaugh -- if it were Cain or some other black candidate who made that wacko (chemically induced?) NH speech and then drew a 45-second blank on his major policy initiative during a televised debate. The sexual harassment charges against Cain divide his base (men don't see a problem, blame the accusers, or flat-out don't believe them); "Princess Nancy" gets him points in a lot of places. But feeding the "drugged and intellectually inferior black" stereotype would be fatal. And it's not (yet) for Rick Perry, for reasons that I can't remember right now.

      •  Black and/or Democrat (1+ / 0-)
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        Kimball Cross

        I'm not sure if the most pertinent distinction is black candidate vs. white candidate as it is between Republican and Democrat. The instances of "It's OK If You're a Republican" syndrome are all too many. I mean think about it for a minute. Within my lifetime the Republican party has nominated for President Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, two Bushes, and John McCain. High-functioning brains, sanity, and wide knowledge of the world and how it works are not desirable let alone essential qualities for a presidential candidate. I think it is remarkable how little indignation has come from the ranks of Republicans and conservatives over the Herman Cain allegations. Perhaps the right wing is more sexist than racist?

      •  One or two good debate performances by (0+ / 0-)

        Perry could wipe out his bad ones. I'm not sure right now whether he really wants to win the nomination.
        I'm pretty sure Cain never envisaged himself in 1st place.

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