If, in watching the highlight reel from Saturday night’s GOP debate from South Carolina, you confused it with a skit from the real SNL, you wouldn’t be alone.
Here you had Michele Bachmann declaring that the United States should dump all of the Great Society programs like Medicare, support for poor children, and education for the disabled, and emulate China, which doesn’t have anything like that. She also thinks that Iraq should pay us back billions of dollars for the honor of being invaded and having their country trashed by us, that by ending the war President Obama is dishonoring those who died in that war, and that the ACLU is running the CIA. Best of all, Ms. Bachmann then complained that there was a conspiracy on the part of CBS, the network that aired the debate, to limit the number of questions she got and keep her off the air. If they did, it only would have helped.
And that was only Ms. Bachmann; we still haven’t gotten to the rest of the clown parade, including Mitt Romney and the rest of the warhawks who want to invade Iran because of rumors of nuclear weapons. After all, that approach worked so well the last time we tried it. They also think that the Middle East is just waiting for us to lead them to democracy, and Rick Perry stated if a country wants any foreign aid from us, then by God, they’re going to have to earn it by being our friend. They’re also in favor of waterboarding; Mr. Perry said he’ll defend its use until the day he dies. As Charlie Pierce points out, this point of view was what got a number of Japanese officers executed for war crimes after World War II.
Isn’t it amazing how quickly they all forgot about the George W. Bush administration? Would that the rest of us could.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s poll numbers are being to look better. Gee, I wonder why. Could it be that every time the Republicans talk, the more the rest of the country realizes how completely off the rails they are?