Friday, January 27, 2012

Debates, The New Reality Show

Did anyone catch the Florida Republican Debate on CNN last night? I couldn't help but feel like I was watching the latest TV reality show. The opening to the debate was a produced segment highlighting each candidate as if they were the remaining survivors left on the island.

Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul

There was Rick Santorum, the winner of the Iowa Caucus, Republican Senator from Pennsylvania. Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor, business man and winner of the New Hampshire Primary. Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the house and winner of the South Carolina Primary. And finally Ron Paul, the Congressman from Texas still in the hunt for his first win. When the produced segment ended, Wolf Blitzer introduced the candidates to an all-Republican crowd giving a standing ovation.

Last night's debate was the 19th such event in the Republican Party this election cycle. Forget American Idol, the Republican Debates is this year's hit reality show.

Okay, so 15.46 million viewers watched Idol, compared to 5.4 million viewers that watched the debate, but there is no doubt the debate had more drama!

Speaker Gingrich said Governor Romney is anti-immigrant. Oh no she didn't! Okay, not exactly Romney's reply, but he was quick to call the remarks, "simply inexcusable." "That's inexcusable, I'm not anti-immigrant. My father was born in Mexico. My wife's father was born in Wales. They came to this country. The idea that I'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. Don't use a term like that." Romney was not finished, "that is simply the kind of over-the-top rhetoric that has characterized American politics too long." Can you see the scene from Donald Trump's boardroom? Or perhaps a tease going into a commercial on Surviver?

Didn't end there, Romney said Gingrich worked to help the dreaded housing agency Freddie Mac. Gingrich fired back by pointing out that Romney owned stock in Freddie Mac, saying, "So maybe Gov. Romney ... should tell us how much money he's made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments." Romney responded saying all of his investments are made by a trustee to avoid such conflicts. Wonder if that trustee still has a job?

Sen. Rick Santorum tried to bring the conversation back to issues, telling Blitzer, "These two gentlemen have been playing petty personal politics, Can we set aside that Newt was a member of Congress and used the skills that he developed as a member of Congress to go out and advise companies, and that's not the worst thing in the world, and that Mitt Romney is a wealthy guy because he worked hard? Focus on the issues." The crowd cheered, but Romney and Gingrich didn't seem to listen.

And what about Ron Paul, he is like your crazy uncle that you always worry what he will say next. But I've got to hand it to Paul, he was right on when Blitzer asked what he thought about Romney and Gingrich's comments to the original question. Paul said he didn't care about what they were talking about, then preceded to answer the original question.

I don't know if the Republicans can win this November, but if the nominee does not win, he should consider continuing the road show. I am thinking you could sell tickets to these debates. Better yet, someone get on the phone with Hollywood, I think I've got the next big hit reality show.

1 comment:

  1. It seems you are disappointed with your selection this year. Is this the case? It all seems so fake doesn't it?

    The Newt Romney Show brought to you by Obama for President.

    You gotta give it to the dems, they got it packaged up with a pretty little bow. "We have to take care of everybody. If you don't vote for us people will suffer."

    Just because nothing is free doesn't mean that people won't believe it is. A lot of poles show people like free stuff.

    The media seems to already picked the nominee 6 months ago and now does the same stories, in the same way, using the same words over and over and yaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn! Do you hear them Scot?

    I'd like to help you. Do you wanna get off the the carrousel Scot? Are you worried about spending,debt,taxes? Do you worry that we are heading in the wrong direction and the conductors are asleep?

    I see you noticed the Doc, his podium is always on the right. People say he's a crank or "like your crazy uncle." "His planes are extreme, they will never work." Or "I like his ideas about but hate his foreign policies."

    Do you know what those policies are Scot? I mean, did you cut though all the BS and look at them on your own, without the spin? I mean really step back and take a look at the man and his message?

    I'd like to hear about what you saw.