Enough talk about the gloves coming off. They have been off for months. The only difference now is that Republicans can stop wasting time directing their attacks at each other, and can focus their attention on someone infinitely more deserving of conservative bile than other Republicans.
For voters, coping with the presidential campaign season and the litany of promises made by candidates is like dealing with a car salesman while listening to nails on a chalkboard. The months drag on and the experience becomes so intolerable that whatever happens in November is a disappointment.
Have Republicans learned anything since 2008? After three years of talk about Barack Obama being a one-term loser it strains the imagination to think that the destructive behavior during the Republican primaries is the lead up to winning the 2012 election.
Count Republicans among the legions who will help keep Barack Obama in office for another four years. Loudly airing the most divisive conservative issues will drive undecided voters from the GOP and into the waiting arms of Democrats, a timeworn strategy that Republicans appear to have settled on for 2012.
Dissecting the State of the Union wish list is a time-wasting, futile exercise. The annual airing of the White House agenda is a constitutional holdover from a time when a president’s plans were greeted with something other than suspicion and dread.
Firings, contraception, immigration, gay marriage, and one-upping conservative values. Had enough? GOP candidates are sounding a little less attractive to Republican voters every time they open their mouths, but the alternative is grimmer than we dare to consider. By the time this winds up in Tampa and the gloves come off for the real battle against the Democratic machine will anyone still be listening?
If self-righteousness and sanctimony created prosperity, America would be thriving beyond our wildest dreams. There would be no worries about Medicare, Social Security, or debt. Full employment would be the norm, instead of an abandoned memory. Billions in social spending would be unnecessary.