Monday, October 22, 2007

There Was a Debate?

Apparently the GOP candidates had a debate on Fox News last night. According to the wrap-up, they spent most of their time going after each other, arguing who the the most conservative, but saving all of their best pre-planned one-liners for Hillary Clinton.

From what I can gather, the only thing they seem to agree on is is the only way to win the election is to keep America scared: scared of Muslims, scared of brown people, scared of immigrants, scared of gays, scared of women having control over their bodies, scared of the future, scared of Hillary Clinton, and scared of letting the voters see that between the eight of them, not one of them has a constructive idea on how to deal with any of the problems that face our country unless it involves cutting taxes for people who don’t need it and demonizing somebody else. The only thing these guys seem to be very good at is telling America what to be afraid of and who to blame for it.

By the way, to give you an idea of how far to the right the Republicans have gone, the reporter for the CBC who covered the “values voter” convention in Washington D.C. this last weekend referred to Gov. Mike Huckabee as a “moderate.” Given Mr. Huckabee’s medieval views on marriage and religious freedom, either the reporter from Canada is unfamiliar with what constitutes a moderate Republican, or the GOP has really gone off the rails to the point that someone like Mr. Huckabee could be considered one.

Ironically, the whole debate on Fox was overshadowed by another event being run on one of Fox’s other networks: Game 7 of the American League Championship Series where the Boston Red Sox were playing the Cleveland Indians at Fenway. Salon.com’s Michael Scherer provides a blow-by-blow of the debate, lapel pins flying and everything.