Let’s jump right on in, y’all!
Last night CNN held the first ever GOP Tea Party debate.
Aside – that title was confusing because if it is a GOP debate then why not call it a GOP debate but if it is a Tea Party debate then they should call it a Tea Party debate, but by calling it a GOP Tea Party debate they basically framed the Tea Party as a brand of GOP…or should that be a flavor of GOP…when they don’t really seem to like the GOP, but I digress.
Anyhoo…the candidates for the GOP nomination debated for the Tea Party faithful and for that we should all be grateful.
Catch that knee…catch it!!
I’m not approving of CNN’s addiction to all things Tea Party. I disagree with a network shit disturbing to fuel an opposition that they see as an election season ratings generator.
But this debate forced the candidates seeking the Tea Party’s favor to go on record with where they stand on Tea Party politics…and that’s a good thing. Looking back at then candidate Bush in 1999, I don’t recall him going on record for anything more than what his favorite sandwich was.
Fast-forward to the now and we’ve got candidates seeking the GOP nomination publicly saying shit they may not even believe just to get some love at a john Birch Society revival!
Case in point – the “yeah” heard ‘round the Twitterverse.
Y’all remember when Rep. Grayson said that Republicans wantthe sick to “die quickly” during a health care debate in the House?
Yeah, the faux outrage over that shit came to mind during last night’s debate.
Wolfie B. of CNN asked Ron Paul a series of questions about health care coverage and ended up with a question about whether an uninsured 30 year old man with cancer should be allowed to die because he can not afford the treatment.
The audience cheered.
More than one person yelled “yeah!!”
Twas sickening…disturbing…macabre…and just the kind of unscripted realness that we’ve been missing from a “movement” that has been given one too many passes from a media eager for that ratings generator I mentioned earlier.
They want to kill social security.
They either struggle to grasp the fact that there are jobs and then there are jobs that pay a living wage or they just don’t give a shit.
And they think the sick in America should die if they lack health care coverage.
America has a lot more to decide than whether they want tea or lemon with that tea…