Perhaps the most hilarious moment in the so-called "Far West GOP Debate" was when former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum provoked Mitt Romney by saying he had no credibility in vowing to repeal Obamacare because President Obama modeled his program, in part, after Romney's Massachusetts program. After Romney gave his standard debate answer, Newt Gingrich appeared to side with Romney we he said the others were overstating the similarities between the two plans, but then he too proceeded to chide Romney by calling his plan as "one more big government, bureaucratic, high-cost system" that requires individuals to purchase insurance. Well, at that point Romney responds by saying: "Actually, Newt, we got the idea of an individual mandate from you."
And just like that Mastercard Commercial - Absolutely Priceless!
So which is it then? Did President Obama hijack a GOP plan as the basis for his health care bill or is Mitt Romney really a Democrat in disguise? Then again, wasn't Texas Governor once a Democrat himself? Heck if I'm not mistaken he even supported Al Gore in the 1988 Presidential campaign?
So many questions and so few answers.
But that is what every GOP debate have offered thus far.
You know, maybe there would be something more to excited about if these candidates actually stopped the bickering at each other and actually offer the voters something more to hang their hats on. Pundits may think that there is still plenty of time for these candidates, but it really is about gathering some momentum and a solid following.
I have said it before that the GOP should be a cinch to defeat President Obama given he is the weakest incumbent Democratic President since Jimmy Carter. Yet, President Obama can hold out hope that the GOP will continue to turn off the critical Independent vote need to win the Political Trifecta because they refuse to get beyond discrediting each other. I just wonder if they can ever unite long enough to tap into the undecided voter before they lose them to apathy.
As it stands - I can't vote for any of these people in good conscience (and that includes President Obama) right now.
And let's face it - both sides of the aisle aren't exactly giving anyone a warm and fuzzy feeling when it comes to solving the nation's problems. Unfortunately that also means that the incumbents maintains an ever so slight edge every time the GOP fails to ignite interest in their candidates. At least so far as the presidential race goes. As for the House and Senate, well, they should probably fare better - but that is no slam dunk either.
But let's say that is the case - the next four years would promise to be even more dysfunctional than usual in Washington. And you already know that if President Obama does win reelection it would an even lamer lame duck presidency than usual. Complete and utter gridlock will be the result - and that will in no way be good for the country.
So what's it going to be? Will we see something more resembling a presidential debate or will it continue to go down the same old road?
It's the GOP's choice whether they will seize it or lose it
But then again, I am still waiting for someone outside this group to emerge.