Good news and bad from Iowa

Not that anyone needs to be reminded, but the American process for selecting presidential nominees is nuts. The notion that a few thousand troubled and disaffected ultra-rightists — people so far gone that a big chunk of them actually voted for a truly disturbed theocrat like Rick Santorum — are capable of winnowing the field 10 months before the election is beyond amazing. 

For North Carolinians, the crazy, “front-leaded” primary  calendar is a particular drag since it almost always assures that their choices will be greatly reduced, if not nonexistent come the first week of May.

For progressives, last night’s Iowa caucuses provided a mixture of good and bad news. The bad news is that it looks like we will soon be deprived of the laughs we have enjoyed at the expense of Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, both of whom seem likely to join the pizza guy on the sideline very shortly. Guys: it was fun while it lasted.

The best news can be found in the strong performances of Santorum and Ron Paul. Few things can help more effectively awaken the American public to just how truly loony the national GOP has become than to be forced to confront these strange men and their bizarre views and pasts on a more regular basis. Good news is also to gleaned from the latest, roller coaster dip of Newt Gingrich — America’s most unlikeable political personality.

Ultimately, of course, all of this appears to be mostly mere prelude to the inevitable nomination of Willard Romney this summer. Common sense tells us that Romney is likely to be a sort of Bob Dole figure — the establishment Republican who gets rewarded with the nomination as, in effect, ” the next guy in line,” but who never poses a real and serious threat to the incumbent President.

Of course, common sense doesn’t always hold in these matters and November is a long way off.  Lots of good, bad and mixed news surely lies ahead. Stay tuned and hang in there.


  1. david esmay

    January 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

    The eight people have spoken! The last time so few people decided a Presidential race they were all on the supreme court. The GOP trainwreck rolls on to New Hampshire, conducted by a hege fund job creamator pulling a Texas moron, a philandering liar, an evangelical whack job, and a libertarian whack job. Oh, the humanity.

  2. Jack

    January 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Romney did the right before Iowa – he kept his mouth shut. Rumor is that McCain is going to knight Romney, perhaps today.

    Before Iowa it was entertaining to hear old Newt logically pontificate why he’s so right for the Right. As for Rerry, ooop!, Perry well, I can’t help but wonder what he’s going to do next other than return to Texas to consider what next to do.

    Michelle was fun to listen to as she bloopered and complained her way through the process as it was entertaining to listen to the media talking-heads tell the public how intelligent and well informed she is. But then again it was the talking-heads that kept the pizza-guy alive until it was obvious that the plug had to be pulled. Then it was on the next candidate good old Ron and his desire to revive early 20th Century isolationist rhetoric.

    Our unique political process is alive and well. The Republicans are going to support the one man that don’t want to because no one else is smart enough to not say anything while letting the other candidates self-distruct.

  3. Andrew

    January 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The real whack job is already in the White House !

  4. david esmay

    January 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I’m going to miss Bachman’s zany Stepford wife persona. Now she’ll have time to go her local community college and take some civics and history courses. Perry, what can you say, he always had this confused look of fear as to what might come out, or might not come of his own mouth. It appears Santorum is just psychotic enough to pick up and carry the torch for both of them.

  5. Jack

    January 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Compared to who Andrew.

    George W. set the bar so high that President Obama isn’t even in the running for the title “Whack Job”. I mean, not once has our President exclaimed that he’s the “Decider” or declared “Mission Accomplished”.

    Talk about whack jobs:

    The Republicans want to return Wall Street to a time when there were no regulations to govern WS.

    The Republicans want to create Robber Barons with a national no-tax-for-the-rich-policy.

    The Republicans want to do away with child labor laws, “Child labor laws are stupid.” – Newt Gingrich. Newt is one Republican who didn’t get the memo on what not to say in front of company. Bless his heart.

    Come to think of it, the Republicans in NC didn’t get the memo either considering what so many of them said this last session. Bless their hearts.

    Yeah, President Obama is a real whack job.

  6. david esmay

    January 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Mitt Romney’s campaign slogan; “I’m the S.O.B. that laid off your parents. Vote for me!”

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