published Friday, September 9th, 2011

GOP hopefuls imperfect, but better than Obama

Democrat President Barack Obama is running for re-election with the worst record of any incumbent in decades, so it is no surprise that quite a few Republicans are vying for the chance to challenge him in 2012.

It is also no surprise that the question of sky-high unemployment dominated the GOP hopefuls' debate in California on Wednesday night.

Front-runner Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, touted his state's strong record of job creation during his time in office.

Given Perry's lead in the polls, the other seven candidates -- particularly former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- disputed his claims and touted their own accomplishments.

Perry also came in for criticism from others on the stage over his previous statement that Social Security has become a "Ponzi scheme." It is dishonest, he pointed out, to pretend Social Security, as currently structured, will be around for today's young workers by the time they retire.

Of course, discussing reform of Social Security is politically risky. But then again, the fiscal health of entitlement programs has perhaps never been this dire. It is not really possible to deny that Social Security and Medicare must be reformed or they will run out of money -- Medicare within a few years and Social Security somewhat later. Whether or not Perry chose his words carefully in calling for a serious look at entitlements, it is plain that they are in jeopardy if they are not revamped -- and soon.

None of the candidates scored a knockout blow Wednesday, although it appears more and more that the race may come down to Perry and Romney. Both seemed more "presidential" than the others -- an intangible quality that can make a big difference when the eventual GOP nominee faces Obama next year.

None of the candidates has truly electrified the country so far, either -- except when compared with Obama.

And that is not hard to do.

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ArnoldZiffel said...

Darn right it's not hard to do.


That's the title of the movie about BO's situation at the moment. Some advice to the Democratic Party, sack BO and nominate Hillary! I know they might not take that advice just because Dick Cheney thinks she should run too.

September 9, 2011 at 5:30 a.m.
EaTn said...

As I watched the lineup of GOP hopefuls I wondered to myself "Is this the best the party has to offer?". Then I remembered the process that gets one to the point of running for the top dog spot--the bottom line is money. From the local and state govts to Washington, the trail is lined with big and small donors mostly hoping to cash-in with big windfalls to their investments. The result is that our system is based on greed with a smidgen of compassion here and there.

September 9, 2011 at 5:55 a.m.
hambone said...

The fact that the TFP is already making excusses for the line-up of candidates from the GOP says a lot for the quality therein!!

September 9, 2011 at 6:54 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Better than Obama in what way?!? The FP editorial is just more empty blathering for the un-loyal opposition which toadies to those who prefer an America where corporations pay no taxes while shipping jobs out of the country.

September 9, 2011 at 8:02 a.m.
librul said...

Right on, Hambone. They're all dolts. And if Obama would quit trying to show that he's a nice guy amd he thinks they are, too; and he really, really likes all of them and would like to join hands with them in one great orgy of cooperative political cumbaya for the good of America; he would look a lot less like a dolt himself.

Chicago can be a rough town, but for somebody from Chicago, Obama has made it clear that he never learned how to fight.

September 9, 2011 at 8:05 a.m.
shifarobe said...

"Better than Obama in what way?" In EVERY way!!!! Obaboon needs a permanent vaca!!! The only blather is comin' from you Obaboon worshipers.

September 9, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
conservative said...

Socialism Security is not only a monstrous lie but a monstrous problem as well. Up to now its failures were only discussed in conservative circles. Now that lieberals see an opportunity to criticize Mr. Perry they will be forced to debate the issue. I like that.

September 9, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.

@ Conservative - how has social security failed? Talk to elderly people on fixed income and say that and see what response you get. For some that is their only means to survive! Not everyone has IRAs, stocks and bonds to fall back on.

@ Shifarobe - if all you have to rebut with is racist garbage then GTFOH... Is there a substantial answer to how the GOP is better other than they are white and rich and know how to stay that way?

September 9, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
hambone said...

If Congress would take Social Security out of the general fund and quit raiding it, pay back their IOU's then maybe people would see that there never has been any problem with Social Security

September 9, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
twharr said...

@ shifarobe, this is why you and your kind are left on the sidelines while we progressives make key decisions. I guess the "robe" part of your name is in addition with the cone shaped hood you wear with it. If I lived in third-world conditions, as yourself, I'd probably understand the hatred and ignorance, but I don't. You have no clue that your kind are the mockery of society.

September 9, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
conservative said...

Reality, you answered your own question. Reliance on a "fixed income" from the federal government to "survive". Hambone, Congress doesn't have any money to pay IOU's, these IOU's have always been nothing more than a promise to raise taxes or to borrow with interest, which will only require raising more taxes to pay the interest. See the "problem"?

September 9, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.
twharr said...

Then what's the solution Conservative??! Instead of shooting everything down bring a solution to the table.

September 9, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
EaTn said...

I started paying into SS back when it capped around ten thousand dollar income. The neocons probably would like to have it permanently capped there and killed the program within a few years, but now that most of them are also on it I doubt they want it touched, other than maybe raising the age limit on the younger crowd.

September 9, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
CharlesMartel said...

The past few Republican primaries have become a traveling circus of freak shows, featuring wacky Protestants and some Mormons. Ridiculous. Of course, I expect nothing else from a party called "Republican".

September 9, 2011 at 2:23 p.m.
shifarobe said...

You twits! You lefties are the racists and bigots?? My referring to Obama as Obaboon is right on target. Any republican is better than he is, IN EVERY WAY! That includes Herman Cain. Who, as you may not know, is black. The black american's worst enemy is Obaboon and the Democrap Party. You'll find racism there.

September 9, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
shifarobe said...

You know who else is a baboon? Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, Sheila Jackson Lee, and yes, there are "white" baboons too, like Barbara Boxer, her hind ass Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and so many more Democraps.

September 9, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.
shifarobe said...

And why is perfection expected of them? Does it mean you have to have a perfect candidate to replace the annointed one??? How f'n hillarious! Obaboon is a nitwit who just makes speeches. You lefties crack me up.

September 9, 2011 at 3:50 p.m.
shifarobe said...

OH, HOW, OH HOW can we ever replace this incredible being, Obaboon?? He's set the bar so, so high. HOGWASH! He's totaly incompetant. Obaboon the bamboozler. GET REAL, you suckups. Your not fooling anyone.

September 9, 2011 at 3:55 p.m.
hambone said...

Don't feed the TROLL!!!

September 9, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.

Better than Obama in what way?!? The FP editorial is just more empty blathering for the un-loyal opposition which toadies to those who prefer an America where corporations pay no taxes while shipping jobs out of the country.(moon4)

Well, i worked for alot of corps that i know fur sure sure did pay taxes. now if you could read alot of better and good stuff you would see there is alot of records on all the corps and businesses that do pay alot. now i dont like all the companies cause they can treat us bad. and i dont like all the gubbermint either why? cause some people there lie to us for a long long time just ask my granny and gramps they sure do know this too.

now i live with po folks who do lie and cheat too, imagine that! not only corps can cheat us, why peoples can too. maybe thats why America is so po now, hey hey? i know the moon is pretty but it aint smart, are you smarter than the moon i hope so!!

September 9, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.

The past few Republican primaries have become a traveling circus of freak shows, featuring wacky Protestants and some Mormons(MrCartel)

Hey! now i know a real good circus that has plenty freaks! i saw last night on tv where the president did spoke. he pointed those long long fingers and said alot of things and stuff. funny. i heard all that before why do yall think he says it agin and agin??

Well please dont vote for misshillary cause did you look at her last night. i watched and watched all those how do you call them? demons? anyway, hillary looked like a very bad witch i saw one time in my old book-who oh that was the book of hansel and gretel!

her eyes were all shifty and evertime our presidente said something real nice that made ALL the peoples clap her eyes got even smaller and meaner. now what could that mean when a little while back all the demons were trying things and stuff from that book what? oh yea alinsky's rules. now thats a REAL bad man. he tells everbodi to lie and cheat and change ther stories!!

boy if that were me i would be triple whacked by my pappy and even by Jesus. funny how the circus we saw had alot of people who talk about Jesus but sure do lie alot. we shuld pray for the presidente cause he is just like that too. po po presidente why he probably had no father to love him good so now hes real mad at America. real mad

September 9, 2011 at 4:21 p.m.

Mr. Martel,

It is amazing to behold how so many on here go on about how none of the Repbulican candidates match up to President Obama. You must be kidding. To refer to the Republicans as a freak show is joke. Our president starts off his administration by naming a tax evader as Secretary of the Treasury. In fact, the loud and foul spokespeople who hit the airwaves all the time are very much a freak show.

Folks, President Obama is nothing special. Maybe probably much less than nothing special.

September 9, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.
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