Paul’s Talking Points Get Stale
I’ve heard some good three point sermons. In fact, in my youth I traveled with some pretty good preachers. Occasionally it would be a preacher who used the same three point sermon at every stop. Eventually, you know it by heart. That is how I would describe Ron Paul’s campaign. We saw it on display last night when a question about sugar subsidies came up. Paul’s answer basically began with “Well, with all the wars out there, and economic turmoil…” It reminded me of when he was asked about Medicare Part D. He fell back to one of his three talking points, the wars, the fed, and smaller government.
Now, I like a lot of Paul’s principles. But where he is overflowing with principles, he is short on plans. Paul’s record is one of a loud, dead weight. His padding bills with pork and then voting against them is really no different than Barack Obama abstaining. Of course, that is just one of the similarities between Paul and Obama. Another is an invisible record of legislative accomplishment, masked by the ability to get people to scream, hoot, and yell at political rallies (whether it is his rally or not).
Honestly, the young generation and Ron Paul deserve each other. I know liberal pro-choicers who are supporting Ron Paul. He has certainly connected on his talking points and has no problem leading a successful altar call. Most voters might be satisfied with his answer that we need to focus on ending the wars and then worry about the details of domestic policy, or that he needs to study the issue more which was his second answer on sugar subsidies. For me, that does not instill confidence.
Dude, where’s Mitt Romney?
Calm, smooth, classy, gracious, these are all words I’ve used in the past to describe Mitt Romney debate performances. There was none of that in the Tampa debate where Romney stuttered and choked his way through all the attacks he had chided his superpac for running just a week ago. Romney is full speed ahead on the attack, and in the process losing everything voters like me liked about him for so much of this race. It’s getting so bad that the establishment is looking for a new candidate, like Mitch Daniels, to dust off and toss back in the ring. Has it occurred to the establishment that maybe they are part of the problem?
Romney’s attacks made him sound like a desperate candidate who has run out of ideas. Honestly, it made him sound like Michele Bachmann.
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