"Don’t you wish our political parties would give us candidates for President that we could all feel good voting for? No more liars who pander one way on the campaign trail and then work the other way in secret when elected. No more wing nuts. No more clueless wonders who think that their millions or party credentials make them qualified to lead a nation to their idea of salvation.
Does anyone else remember what happened to the last tell-it-like-it-is, verbal bomb throwing, true conservative Presidential candidate who went up against a liberal Democrat? I’ll give you some hints. His comments on how to use nuclear weapons in Asia and the Kremlin prompted one of the most successful negative TV ads in history, a little girl counting flower petals, followed by a countdown to a mushroom cloud. He lost in a landslide of those voting for Lyndon Baines Johnson. He earned the nickname “Barry the Bomber”.
Do you want to scare an independent at election time? Run an ad asking, “Nuclear Newt – do you really want his finger on the trigger?” Or run one of a Federal Judge handing down a decision that an independent would like, but would upset the Religious Right. Followed by men in black masks throwing a hood over the Judge in court, and dragging him off to Guantanamo.
Nor are Romney and Paul immune. Romney’s idea of job creation could be depicted by an entire generation of workers wearing McDonald’s uniforms. An effective attack ad might contrast Romney’s idea of a mortgage problem to those of the rest of us. This man who thinks that $375,000 in speaking and book income is pocket change. And imagine an ad showing tyrants, terrorists and China going hog wild after Paul pulls U.S. military forces out of even friendly countries. Or starving children and seniors after WIC, food stamps and social security are cut off.
Of course, President Barrack Obama is no LBJ. LBJ had a long history of arm-twisting success getting things done in the Congress, and was a gun-rights Democrat who actively hunted. Obama, on the other hand, merely promised fidelity to the Second Amendment in his campaign. After which high officials of his employ in the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms set up Operation “Fast and Furious”, which instructed firearms dealers in southern border states to allow suspect sales to proceed, sending hundreds of guns to drug cartels in Mexico.
Why? To gin up a campaign for gun control justified by phony claims that most drug guns in Mexico come from firearms dealers in the U.S. And what about dead Mexicans and one U.S. Border Patrol Officer? According to the statements of high BATF officials, “You have to break some eggs to make an omelet.” Naturally, President Obama and his supporters in the news media don’t want that buck stopping at his desk. But it raises the potential for a truly effective attack ad addressing Obama’s honesty, and the reckless disregard of his administration for the human lives of people of color south of the border.
Our parties sure know how to pick ‘em.
It has been written that George Washington didn’t campaign to be the Father of our country. That he simply did it because it needed to be done, he was qualified, and no one else was available. The current crop of contenders merely illustrate the old adage that the person who most wants to run for an office is usually the one least qualified to fill it. Or that testosterone poisoning may win votes, but it doesn’t solve problems. "