I had no intention of writing about last night’s debate of Republican presidential hopefuls but how can I not comment on the sight of all of them together? Why does this image of these guys in their dark suit/red tie uniforms make me feel like we’re living in a George Orwell novel? Isn’t there something a little fascistic about their conformity? I guess they’re all going to the same hack consultants and paying for the same expensive focus groups to learn how presidential candidates are supposed to dress. Yuck.
Where are the women? Why are they all white? Is this really 2007? What a travesty. Of course I knew who the candidates were before last night but seeing them standing together like that was a shocking reminder of how far this country still has to go. Not that white men wearing dark suits and red ties shouldn’t be allowed to run for president, but I still can’t believe that’s all the Republicans have to offer. Let’s just hope that when we scratch the surface of Hillary and Obama, we don’t find two white men wearing dark suits and red ties.
Oh yeah, I guess the actual views of these candidates are as important as their ties. But who could know what their views are with all the time they spent fawning over Ronald Reagan? The only fun part was watching them carefully avoid any mention of our wallowing-in-the-polls President. Except for Romney, whose comments about Bush’s passion and character made me want to hurl. Giuliani’s waffling from his firmly pro-choice stand on abortion was pretty pathetic and a harsh slap in the face to those who support him because of his famous refusal to bend with the political winds. And how could any of those bozos rail against stem-cell research with Nancy Reagan staring at them from the front row? I hope she was giving them the patented “gaze of death” she mastered during her husband’s two terms.
The most shocking moment for me was when Brownback, Huckabee, and Tancredo raised their hands to indicate that they did not believe in evolution. Do they also share the Christian fundamentalist belief that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old?
Paging George Orwell…