Wednesday, May 6, 2015

More elephants crowd the circus ring

Even the circus is getting rid of its elephant acts
Three Republicans (blind mice anyone?) joined the bloated Republican race for president this week and they have absolutely no chance of winning the nomination.

So why would Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Mick Huckabee even bother wasting everyone's time?

Well, ego is one reason. The other is money.

The GOP establishment needs Carson and Fiorina on the ballot to show they have some token diversity street cred. Plus, whatever money they can prevent going to Hillary's campaign from women and African-Americans will help Jeb Bush in the long run.

Huckabee, the Bible-thumper, did win a few primaries in 2008, but his fame is strictly with the Fox News crowd now. His time is over.

Carson, Fiorina and Huckabee carry around so much baggage that their airline luggage fees alone will bankrupt their candidacies. Of course, the same could be said for the rest of the Republican field.

Yes, Hillary Clinton totes some serious baggage herself, but she's got the money to hire plenty of footmen to do the heavy lifting.

Fiorina, the onetime hapless head of Hewlett-Packard, got crushed by Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010 in her first bid for elective office.

For someone who ran one of the largest tech firms in the world, it seems she's clueless about technology. Here's a link to a WSJ story about how Fiorina failed to register the domain name before a critic of hers got it.

And, here's the link to the website that includes emoticons representing the 30,000 she laid off at HP. Yep, that's what we need right now in America, more layoffs.

Carson, the respected neurosurgeon whose life story is inspirational to many Americans, including whites, has the knack for saying crazy things.

He refers to "Obamacare" as the worst thing since slavery and claims that President Obama is a pyschopath.

Those comments delight the Republican wingnuts, but they suggest that Carson is the one needing his head examined.

Plus, Carson, like most GOP candidates, comes out swinging against gays. That's not a viable strategy when many wealthy homosexuals will just give their money to a candidate who doesn't hate them.

Carson, though, is loved by many Republicans because he shares their hatred of President Obama.

Again, hate is not a sound policy position. And, President Obama is not running for president again.

Also, the bedrock base of the GOP in the Deep South is racist and would never vote for an African-American as president.

As for Fiorina, she attracts some Republican love because she champions positions that are detrimental to women. Instead of ending the GOP's "war on women," she perpetuates it.

The Republican base doesn't want anyone but a white, "Christian" man to be the nominee. Unfortunately for Huckabee, he's not it.

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