So I watched the Republican debate last night.
And I am puzzled - and indignant - about the politeness and deference of the questioners. The candidates can spew nonsense and the media lap-dogs make the occasional feint, but essentially let them get away with it.
Perry was asked what he thought about the audience's cheering for his execution record. He responded that the American people appreciate justice, and when you come to Texas and kill our children and police officers, blah blah. Why did the moderator (yeah, good term) not haul out a piece of paper and say: Cameron Todd Willingham, evidence stank, you quashed an inquiry - please respond. Of course that bloodthirsty crowd might have booed, but let them.
Chris Matthews asked Santorum do you believe in evolution, do you believe in evolution, do you believe in evolution, and Santorum gave a weasly answer about how maybe there was evolution on a small scale somehow, BUT HUMAN BEINGS WERE CREATED DIRECTLY BY GOD. Matthews actually congratulated him (possibly ironically?) on his answer.
And all this stuff about not being *sure* yet about climate science, only days after a record storm that devastated Vermont and had threatened a New Orleans-like scene on NYC. (Oh, a fluke, just like all the other stuff going on, record wildfires in Texas, etc.)
Again with the no-no taxes, shudder, even at the rate of 10 to 1 vis-a-vis cuts. No questions about how the hell to pay for your wars, you guys.
I read in some of the media today that when Perry did his shtick about social security being a Ponzi scheme, he's saying the government is involved in criminal activity, haha. Why did not the 'moderators' challenge him (hell, why didn't the other candidates, beyond Romney's mild rebuke), plus ask him how the hell people, esp. with such high unemployment and underemployment, with no safety nets, are supposed to accumulate in the predatory investment system sufficient to keep them in their old age (and medical problems...)
Why didn't anyone ask Perry about his Dominionist ties?
Or skewer that nauseating Ron Paul creature on his notion that we can leave regulation to those outfits who benefit most by lack of same, and that if government absolutely HAS to do something, then it should be the state governments - those financially strapped entities. How long has be been on the public teat?
And afterwards, despite some ascerbic commentary, most the pundits and media people have commented on *performance*. Perry started out better than expected, but faltered... NOT ON WHAT HE SAID, BUT HOW HE SAID IT.
This ain't the Oscars. This is our goddamned lives.