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I have to admit that I am enjoying the Republican debates. It gets me excited to know that the end of the Obama disaster is coming - and I like vetting candidates thoroughly. And with the kind of debates that we hold anymore, it will take about 30 of them to be able to hash out what a person really believes. I find them to be entertaining, and a welcome change from the monotonous bad news that seems to emerge from Obama's Paradise everyday.
And perhaps that's a problem.
I read a very interesting piece at the American Thinker a couple days ago by Carol Perrachio. She tends to think that the excessive amount of debates being held between the Republicans is actually detrimental - for a number of reasons. She writes,
Although not a fan of conspiracy theories, I can't shake the suspicion that these useless debates are a scheme cooked up by the Ruling Class to get the country to ignore the goings-on by the establishment in Washington. While we're all staring at eight or nine Republicans like infants entranced by a twirling mobile, Obama and the Democrats carry on destroying the country with nary a concern that the Tea Party might notice and get riled up.
And don't forget the media. They too have a vested interest in focusing on the presidential campaign so ridiculously early. As I have written previously, today's journalist is a leftist ideologue who is unbelievably lazy. If the media didn't have these debates every week to promote and then rehash 24 hours a day, they might have to actually cover real news stories like Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the tanking stock market, skyrocketing unemployment, Europe imploding, Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya, debt, deficits, taxes, ObamaCare...
Reporting on the above list requires actual effort on the part of our intrepid news folks.
I think there's some truth to this, though I don't know that I think this is a scam cooked up by the Ruling Class. I think the Ruling Class takes advantage of the debate, and certainly the lazy left-wing media would rather seize upon a short Perry gaffe from the debate than the Obama corruption of Fast and Furious or Solyndra. But the debates themselves don't cause that ineptitude. They just offer an escape for folks looking for one. Perrachio writes on:
The Republican establishment in Washington also loves the eternal campaign. I actually heard one supposed conservative commentator during the debt ceiling debate in August state that the Tea Party should just shut up and accept the deal with the White House because we're in an election year, and nothing can be accomplished until we have a new president.
I was torn between screaming and wanting to organize an effort to mail every one of these people a calendar. When an elitist, pompous blowhard living in the D.C. bubble tells the Tea Party they have to wait until 2013 for solutions to the Obama catastrophe, I'm reminded of a nurse I once had the misfortune to work with. This angel of mercy would breeze into change-of-shift report and inform us, "The post-op in 301 asked for a pain shot a while ago. Since it was so close to shift change, I told him he had to wait for you."
So the poor guy in 301 is lying in excruciating pain, waiting for me to come on duty and give him some relief because Florence Nightingale wanted to finish her charting. It's a perfect analogy to what the establishment Republicans are telling us:
"We understand you're in pain, with nine percent unemployment, rising gas and food prices, enough federal regulations to choke a whale, and a federal debt the size of Montana. But it's really close to regime change time. So you'll just have to wait. In the meantime, we've prepared some entertaining presidential debates for you to watch. Oh, and one more thing -- those of us here in Washington would appreciate it if you'd lay off your call bell!"
This I totally agree with. The debates give us the sensation (me included) that the Obama disaster is a lot closer to being done than what it really is. There's still plenty of time for him to make things worse. And rather than being overly distracted by choosing his replacement, we need to be focused on stopping him from throwing any more wrenches into the spokes of our Republic. That must be our top concern.
Perrachio also had an interesting observation about who was emerging from all this better than anyone else. And her thought completely contradicts what many other analysts are saying. She believes that Sarah Palin is doing the smart thing by not jumping in. She refuses to submit to the hostile media and play by their rules. Instead, she is reaching out to the conservative movement in speeches and in appearances, and letting everyone else play the fool's game. There may be something to that:
With no leaders, and complete disdain for the Republican establishment, the Tea Party made history in 2010. So why in the world would today's candidates believe that we are now going to return to the tired, old, unsuccessful methods of choosing a president? Last week all the smart people told us that Rick Perry is floundering and Mitt Romney is inevitable. So what did the conservatives in Florida do in the straw poll this past weekend? They completely ignored the debate analysis of the Republican intelligentsia and gave Herman Cain an overwhelming victory.
You need to trust us. Everything is different this election, and people out here are in pain. Quit debating and start doing everything in your power to stop Obama and the Democrats now. After all, it's a really long time till the next shift arrives.
I like it. It's a very thoughtful and well written analysis and, without question, one worth pondering before we tune in to the next debate.