The Iowa caucuses are about to begin, then the New Hampshire primary a week later and"for what, a chance to pick some stooge as the Republican presidential standard bearer next November?
According to conventional wisdom, better known as time worn punditry, in the Iowa caucus and other states primaries, all have to appeal to the far right wing of the party in order to have any chance of securing the party's nomination and then swiftly and miraculously shift leftward toward the middle in order to garner votes of independents in the general election. But really, it's all just a charade.
In terms of articulating the country's real needs, problems and issues this current crop of seven Republican dwarfs in the running say nothing.
The real issues of corporate largesse swamping and usurping the electoral process, the gross income inequality between the 1% and the 99%, the nations chronic and persistently high levels of unemployment, millions facing foreclosure, the bloated and unnecessary Defense Department spending, conducting unnecessary wars and occupations, global warming and environmental degradation, millions without health insurance, a diminished middle class and poverty levels increasing et al, have no place in the discussion of these mental "geniuses".
Michele Bachmann recently talked about Russia and China as the new "axis of evil". On what planet does she hail from, certainly not the same one you or I inhabit.
Newt Gingrich did everything a lobbyist normally does in representing his client Freddie Mac, while he received a million plus for his efforts, yet he denies his remuneration had anything to do with lobbying. You can tell Newt knows corruption when he sees it.
Mitt Romney has contorted himself and changed colors so often the Chameleon is in danger of being renamed a "Romney". Remember that health care bill he signed into law when he was the Governor of Massachusetts. Well it's the one Obama modeled for the nation. Now he condemns it.
Ron Paul may be against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan yet is against all government regulation and is a staunch laissez-faire libertarian who opposes big government. Ah, Ron there's over 310 million people in America. Big government is a fact.
As for Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman"at least the latter recognizes the need for amnesty and an approach to getting illegal immigrants on a path toward citizenship. However being the sanest in this crowd also makes you an afterthought with most Republican voters.
All are against government regulation as an anathema to job creation yet remain silent and/or myopic to the big banks borrowing at near zero interest rates yet are refusing to lend to small businesses who are the real job creators in this country.
But hey, the big financial and corporate behemoths are the ones underwriting their campaigns and you don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Meanwhile in the other corner stands Barack Obama focusing his re-election bid on blaming Republicans in the House for the gridlock that prevails in Washington; of course without his acknowledging his earlier complicity in placating and appeasing the Republican no-nothings on the far right (as well as "blue dog" Democrats) when he could have resisted their obstructionism as he had a majority of the people solidly behind him when he took the reins of power in 2009.
It's all rather sad really. Because in the end it doesn't matter who wins the presidential sweepstakes between a Democrat and a Republican or what the final results are going to be in the House or the Senate.
Except for a miniscule few in the House and the Senate the overwhelming majority of lawmakers in both parties are beholden to the corporate and special interests whose largesse underwrites their campaigns.
That's a reality most people know to exist but apparently would rather acquiesce and accept rather than change it (of course not withstanding those in the occupy movement).
With the current electoral process so corrupted and usurped by big corporate and special interest booty, all our elections do is insure nothing will change and the problems and issues of the 99% will just continue to go wanting.