A recent letter to the editor of the local newspaper complained of the media's supposed harsh treatment of the current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls. Those poor, poor conservatives, having to endure the scrutiny of the press, how horrible.
Given the current Republican clown car of candidates, it's easy to see why so much negative press is generated. From "Havana" Ted Cruz to Mike "Huckleberry" Huckabee to Rand "Plagiarist" Paul, the announced and yet-to-be announced conservative candidates comprise a rogue's list of people with a history of saying and doing stupid things and espousing beliefs and values embraced only by the likes of the so-called Tea Party, in and of itself a collection of whackjobs, kooks and misfits.
“The diversity (of GOP candidates) is great,” said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak. “It shows we’re a much broader party than the caricature some try to put on us.”
Bad news, Mr. Mackowaik - when your candidates simply put different faces on the same extremist positions, while the Republican party in no way shifts toward the interests of the groups they're supposedly trying to appeal to, the result is a disaster, as proven when John McCain picked the Thrilla from Wasilla, "Mama Grizzly" Sarah Palin, to be his running mate in 2008.
Let's take a random peek at just a few current GOP presidential hopefuls:
- Dr. Ben Carson's sole qualification seems to be that he once compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery.
- Carly Fiorina is most noted for flushing Hewlitt-Packard down the toilet before being ousted as CEO.
- Ted Cruz railed against Obamacare, but recently signed up for it.
When asked about the daunting task of being commander in chief, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker replied he is qualified for the job because he was an Eagle Scout.
And this, dear readers, is just a smattering of what's in store for 2016. It's easy to understand why the media places such scrutiny on these people (and besides, it's their job).
With nearly two dozen possible presidential candidates, the GOP is going to have a real problem convincing the American public they're serious. There can’t possibly be that many people who are real candidates.
But they can ride in the clown car from event to event, keep saying and doing stupid things, have these stupid things reported on, and drag the GOP down with them.