Why I don’t watch Republican debates

I caught about 60 seconds of highlights on GMA today, and based on this,  the amount of absurdity would surely make a reality-based person’s head explode over a full debate.  What really caught my attention was Newt’s statement in defense of kid janitors:

They could do light janitorial duty. They could work in the cafeteria. They could work in the front office. They could work in the library. They’d be getting money, which is a good thing if you’re poor. Only the elites despise earning money.  [emphasis mine]

Riiiiight.  Us elites so despise earning money.  We just want to sit here and have most of our earning come from our capital gains and then have Republicans compete with each other to see who can offer the lowest capital gains rate (I’m surprised none of them have yet offered to pay rich people for capital gains).

If that wasn’t enough, I also saw this little clip from Santorum and Romney:

The bill I voted on was the Martin Luther King Voting Rights bill. And this was a provision that said, particularly targeted African-Americans. And I voted to allow — to allow them to have their voting rights back once they completed their sentence.
QUESTION: Governor Romney, 30 seconds to respond.
ROMNEY: Yes. I don’t think people who have committed violent crimes should be allowed to vote again. That’s my own view.
SANTORUM: That’s very –
QUESTION: Last thing, Senator.
SANTORUM: You know, it’s very interesting you should say that, Governor Romney, because in the state of Massachusetts, when you were governor, the law was that not only could violent felons vote after they exhausted their sentences, but they could vote while they were on probation and parole, which was a more liberal position than I took when I voted for the bill in the — in the Congress. So…
BAIER: Governor?
SANTORUM: If, in fact — let me finish — if, in fact, you felt so passionately about this that you are now going to go out and have somebody criticize me for restoring voting rights to people who have — who have exhausted their sentence and served their time and paid their debt to society, then why didn’t you try to change that when you were governor of Massachusetts?

Pathetic.  Both such pious Christians, but they want to show how tough on crime they are by saying once you’ve committed a violent crime, you should never vote again.  Regardless of completing your sentence, serving your debt to society.  Hmmmm, didn’t Jesus, maybe just once, say something about forgiveness or something?  I feel quite confident that these “pious Christian” candidates would make Jesus retch.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Why I don’t watch Republican debates

  1. Jason says:

    I’m pretty sure Santorum is in favor of allowing ex-felons to vote, so I think he and Jesus are all right concerning this.

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