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Help—We’re Trapped in the Republican Presidential Primary Season And We Can’t Get Out!

Newt GingrichThe bad acid trip that is the race for the Republican presidential nomination plays on.

Thursday’s CNN debate with the remaining four candidates (really, about .7 of a candidate if you weren’t grading on a curve) was essentially a two-man slugfest between Mitt Romney, the man with opposable lips, and Newt Gingrich, the Keebler elf gone wrong.

Romney has everything riding on the line in Florida primary election next Thursday. His inability to succeed there after losing in South Carolina and (retroactively) Iowa wouldn’t mean the end of his campaign but it would make the stench of failure a permanent feature of it. Gingrich, on the other hand, has to prove he can win in Florida to keep the extended book tour that is his presidential campaign afloat.

So it’s a good thing that there apparently were metal detectors at the backstage entrance of the debate auditorium in Jacksonville. Romney was carefully programmed to slam Gingrich, and Gingrich continued his effort to portray Romney as a heartless capitalist (Who knew this would be a negative in the GOP?).

Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were reduced to “oh, yeah, those guys” status—a pretty accurate reflection of electoral reality. Still, the consensus is that Gingrich lost the debate, albeit barely, which doesn’t bode well for his chances next Tuesday.

The debate was the culmination of a day in which Gingrich accused Romney of profiting from foreclosures in Florida and Romney rolled out the big GOP establishment guns no one cares about any more in a last-gasp effort to bury Gingrich. But fear not: as much as they hate each other, they hate us even more. Gingrich showed up on a radio show to say that gay marriage was “pagan” (which is pretty rich for a man whose own three marriage record looks suspiciously pre-Iron Age). Not to be outdone, Romney claimed that the president  is “very aggressively trying to pave the path to same-sex marriage,” which comes as a surprise to most of us who haven’t exactly pictured Obama as the Lewis and Clark of marriage equality.

In the frantic run up to Tuesday’s vote, don’t be surprised if there is more anti-gay pyrotechnics by the GOP’s finest trying to appeal to the wingnut fringe that is now the key engine of Republican politics, an engine that threatens to drive the party’s general election prospects into a ditch.

Photo via Gage Skidmore

 

By:           John Gallagher
On:           Jan 27, 2012
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  • 2 Comments
    • Jim Hlavac
      Jim Hlavac

      Gee, I would have thought that the First Amendment’s “any religion is fine, and no state religion is allowed” language would allow paganism too, and not require us to be a Christian of the multi-divorce and multi-marriage, and even open-marriage, sort. Hmm, Newt’s confused ain’t he? And poor Romney did more for gay marriage than Obama ever did — for he was governor when it became recognized in Massachusetts. They are funny (in a sad sense) fellows. And they are both weird politicians for chasing voters away — us gays, and the vast proportion of our own families at this point. Oh well, they seem more on Obama’s team then they are anything else. Yep, strange fellows.

      Jan 27, 2012 at 10:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      Then spend more time focusing on alternative party candidates – including the 100% pro-equality candidates that LGBT media too often ignores.

      Jan 28, 2012 at 12:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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