Happy Monday, y’all!
Let’s jump right on in, shall we?
Tonight the GOP presidential hopefuls will get their debate on in New Hampshire.
In many ways, this debate will be a test for the most electable GOP candidate currently in the field – Mitt Romney.
Romney’s healthy poll numbers against President Obama (and no, I don’t need a lecture in how silly it is to buy poll numbers this far out…or in general…or ever at all, given how fucked up from the floor up they tend to be) have some in the GOP rethinking their previous serious dislike of him…and those hopefuls who also covet the presidency know that they must tarnish Romney’s shine if they are to be seen at all.
Tis gonna be like watching a debutante ball populated by the cast of Mean Girls!
Tim Pawlenty has already taken a swipe at Romney’s healthcare reform during the latter's turn as Governor of Massachusetts…and you can bet your morning coffee that he won’t be the only one.
In truth, Romney’s move to stand by his health care reform was shrewd as hell…but it also exposes a potentially terminal flaw within the GOP nomination process.
Now that Mitt has doubled down on his health care reform, a head-to-head Romney against Obama would be likely involve debates over everything else domestic, international, and economic…and perhaps even a back-and-forth over the nuance and implementation of federal health care reform.
What it wouldn’t be is a debate over whether health care needed to be reformed in the first place…cause Romney took that shit off the table.
Sidebar – Mitt might flip or flop or flip and flop…it’s still early yet…and anything is possible in politics.
The issue is that Mr. Currently Electable is now trying to woo a base that’s hungry for fresh meat with a bowl full of fresh steamed broccoli.
Pause…sip more coffee…continue.
And so those who adore elephants and tea while longing for the presidency shall debate tonight...and political junkies will get our first look at how far to the right the GOP field has to pander to attract a base hell bent on sticking to niche “values”, political victories and domestic stability be damned.
***rubs hands together***
Strike up the band, baby, and let’s get this party started!