Politics And The Press:


Watching the Republican candidates debate Wednesday night reminded me why I can’t stand politicians.



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Rick Santorum said he voted for no child left behind, a signature accomplishment of former President George W Bush. However he said he did so for the team, suggesting that he did so as a republican in support of a republican president. Mitt Romney wasted no time in jumping on Santorum berating him for doing so, asking quote ” I wonder which team he was talking about”?

Of course research later shows Romney stating his support for no child left behind as a good thing. No child left behind I believe, was a plan created with the best of intentions and orchestrated and passed into law by the Bush Administration. Critics of No child left behind have now pointed out that the Act, forces teachers to teach to a test , rather than allow students to test to the teaching they receive.

The truth is this should have been obvious to policy makers from the get-go, kids do not process information the same way , neither do they assimilate information at the same time. This is influenced by gender, economic conditions and myriad other issues. What I find loathsome is that Romney now make an issue out of no child left behind, after it  is seen not to be working as the Bush administration thought it would.

The question is why can’t someone just admit that they supported something that they thought was in the best interest of the country and it did not shake out that way? President Obama has since allowed several states to opt out of no child left behind.



New Jersey’s rambunctious Governor Chris Christie has stated over and over again that he isn’t running for president of the United States, but is he being truthful? Christie recently bucked critics in his state by ordering flags flown at half-staff after the death of pop icon Whitney Houston. Many people including some police unions argue that Houston had not lived a perfectly  angelic life and as such that honor ought not be accorded her. Christie did not budgec he stood by his decision. He argued legitimately that many notable icons from New Jersey ,like Frank Snatra and others, lived lives similar to Houston and the same honor was accorded them when they died . He argued correctly that Elvis Presley also received the same honor, and no one found it objectionable.

Police unions always take the position that anyone who fall foul of the laws, or ever succumbed to human frailties are disposable. In their perfect little worlds they sometimes play God, they may be reminded to  take a look in the mirror and amongst their own ranks. People make mistakes in life , including cops,it smacks of something else other than what they claim, when they take that holy-than-thou attitude. It also reduces support and empathy others might feel toward their causes.

Governor Christie did not back down, but was it out of a core principled belief or is he auditioning for a place on the republican ticket in what many speculate could be a brokered convention in August? Christie has taken a position on most national issues, he is one of the most quoted republicans, yet he maintains that he will not run for president. Christie also showed a side of him that may play well with republican primary voters.

Christie clashed with New’s week Johnathan Capehart also  a MSNBC contributor , and who also happens to be openly gay. Christie got real ugly lashing out at Capehart when Capehart pointed to inconsistency between his position and that of president Obama as it relates to gay marriage. Christe resorted to being a school yard bully by reverting to the following

“I used to be a prosecutor. I’m not going to be cross-examined by you this  morning,” said Christie to Capehart in a heated exchange on MSNBC’s “Morning  Joe.” “You’re going to lose.”Read more: http://polotico.com

This kind of attack on media is symptomatic of republican candidates running for president but we have not seen that kind of rancid rabid  confrontational school yard bully type tactic employed in general . It smacked of Newt Gingrich’s attack on Juan Williams ,a physical roughing up of CNN’s Don Lemon by bullies in the Michelle Bachman’s former campaign, and for the record Lemon is also an openly gay African-American journalist.

Newt Gingrich also lashed out  at CNN’s John King for leading with a Question about his infidelities and statements Marianne Gingrich made to another network about him wanting to have an open marriage. Gingrich lashed out with a false sense of outrage to raucous applause from the partisan crowd in the hall. Mitt Romney also lashed out at John King in the last debate , telling John King “you get to ask what you want I answer what I want”in response to King demanding he answer the question he asked him. of course the attack on the media seem to always be a clarion call for right wingers in the republican party when their lies are exposed.

So what is Chris Christie running for ? I don’t know ! I feel however Christie would like to see Romney get the nomination and ask him to be his running mate.

Say you read it here first when it come to pass.



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